Friday, 23 April 2021

If we sacrifice Stevie G to a volcano can we get Shock G back?

Shock G never attacked an innocent DJ for rejecting a Phil Collins song request!


FFS is this 2021's new normal where a Rapper dies every Friday? R.I.P to Shock G AKA Humpty Hump AKA Piano Man AKA MC Blowfish AKA The Packet Man AKA Rackadelic AKA the musical genius who did think with his penis. Half the Rap eccentricities Kool Keith brags he invented, Shock G has a more legitimate claim to, and, as I recently realised, Humpty Hump even pioneered Hyphy. It seems like Digital Underground have been shunted into the margins of Rap history but this shouldn't come as a surprise - any Rappers who dare to display a sense of humour get deemed "non lyrical" and end up derided as glorified novelty acts no matter how great their music is.

Well, fuk the history books and anyone who wrote 'em because Digital Underground's first album and follow-up EP are God-tier Rap music, and Shock was a true genius Rapper/producer/dancer auteur. A man of many talents, he even bodied a couple 80's Hollywood comedy legends in their own movie, somehow coaxed a good remix out of CJ Mackintosh, and transformed a forgettable Prince single into Prince's last great song. Pop a Sex Packet for the Funk Mob Extraordinaire who originated sock puppeting on wax. Oh, how we'll forever love to bump thee.


The Apollo: officially more receptive to Digital Underground than Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince!

24 comments:

L.A said...

Anyone who disses Digital Underground disses themself.

R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

Very sad news. Cherish the oddballs while they're still around. Support the eccentrics while they can feel the benefit. Appreciate the Whimsical today and leave keeping it real for tomorrow. RIP. Without Shock G there'd be no Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt nor any of these latterday "Alternative" Hip Hop acts. Shock G was going out on a creative limb decades before every other rapper was a blue-haired bisexual lean addict.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Bravo 👏

Bobby Dee said...

Nice wee tribute RIP

Jmil843 said...

Great tribute. I feel that second album was good but obviously not touching the first.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

2nd album has its moments but it was a disappointment after the 1st + the EP imho.

3rd album was much better but I didn't end up checking that out until the very late 90s.

David said...

"Future Rhythm" has some crazy production on it.

Yohan said...

R.I.P. Only got hip to Digital Underground way late, but I liked his music a lot.

I'm also showing love to The Way We Swing, Gutfest '89 and The Danger Zone, besides the already mentioned songs.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Watching the video clips from Arsenio and the Apollo I REALLY wish I coulda seen Digital Underground live back in the early 90s. Looked like they put on an incredible live show.

hotbox said...

Sons of The P was crazy dope, only disappointment was it was like 9 songs

r.i.p. :(

Anonymous said...

Sex Packets, Bodyhat Syndrome, Who got the Gravy and Fear of a mixed planet are all boss albums. Sons of the P and Future Rhythm have a couple jams on em but are meh overall.

Ben said...

Shock G's production credits were pretty impressive also with So many Tears by 2pac and Broke Ho's by the Luniz being two of my favorites.

El Guapo said...

Sex Packets (the song) and Sons Of The P (the song) are some of the best 'no rappin' songs by rappers imo.

David said...

Hmm I’ll relisten to who got the gravy but I thought beats were way better on future rhythm

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

2Pac's Fuck The World too.

Speakin' of Shock and The Luniz, We Got More is like a proto-Timbaland bhangra banger innit?

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Digital Underground demo!

hotbox said...

^^ this demo is p much all money b so maybe it's raw fusion demo and the og uploader labeled it incorrectly?

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Right, I was listening to it like "where's Shock?"

sisilafami said...

future rhythm >>> who got the gravy

Smell Rell said...

Biggest loss.

Andrew Barber said...

Oregano Flow best song ever

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

He freaked the Loose Ends sample crazy on that.

Jmil843 said...

https://youtu.be/cg6uTLKihqY Not sure if Shock produced it but this has always been one of my favorite songs.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

I assume he did.