Digital Underground founder Shock G. was lead to rest today (May 1st), in his hometown of Tampa, Florida.
Funeral services for the late rapper/musician were held at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church.
A variety of hymns, along with secular music were sung throughout the service by the Tampa Mass Choir, who belted out a tear-jerking rendition of Stevie Wonder’s timeless song “As (I’ll Be Loving You Always).”
Notables like Public Enemy’s Chuck D., Yo Yo, The Luniz, DJ Premier, Big Daddy Kane, Sway, Rob Base, MC Serch, Busta Rhymes, Jermaine Dupri, Cee Lo Green, and of course, Digital Underground founders Chopmaster J and Money B were in attendance or streamed into the funeral service to pay their final respect to Shock G.
“What I’m going to miss the most about Shock.G. was talking to him. He was the type of person, he gave me his full attention when he talked to you. He always looked at you directly in the eyes and would get really close to you. He was very animated, he was very passionate. He’d put his arms around me and we’d have deep conversations. He made me feel seen and loved.” – YoYo.
Big Daddy Kane recalled touring with Digital Underground during his Chocolate City Tour, and the fun he had being on the road with the group who created hits like “The Humpty Dance,” “Dowhatchalike,” “Kiss You Back” and the classic, “Same Song,” which introduced the world to Tupac Shakur.
“[They would] come around with their water guns, shooting us with super soakers and whatnot…and then on any given night you’d come downstairs around 1:00, 2:00 a.m. seeing Shock G. just sitting there at the piano in the lobby, getting it on just playing and whatnot. Man, it was beautiful times and I’m glad that I was able to have time to spend with you brother, rest well.”- Big Daddy Kane
DJ Premier offered up some words and revealed Shock G. had been consistently been sending him music as recently January 29th of 2021.
“I need to say how great you are and how great you’ve made things for just our souls to be touched, from Digital Underground to just playing the two characters of Humpty Hump and just being Shock G. You’ve always been deep. I feel like I’m a deep person so I could totally relate…we’re gonna miss you but we’re gonna hold it down for you. We’ll see when we get there all right Shock G?” – DJ Premier