Oakland City Council Declares ‘Digital Underground Day’ in Honor of Shock G

**FILE PHOTO** Shock G of Digital

The city council of Oakland, California has

declared August 25 “Digital Underground Day” in

honor of the legendary group’s frontman and co-

founder Gregory “Shock G” Jacobs, who died in

April. The pioneering 1990s hip-hop group is one of

the most legendary to emerge from the Bay Area city —

Tupac Shakur began his professional career as a

member — and August 25 is Shock G’s birthday.

 

“The shockwaves produced by Shock G and digital

underground continue to reverberate across the globe

with its epicenter right here in Oakland,” stated

Oakland City Councilmember Loren Taylor. “Their

significant influence on Oakland’s arts, culture, and

music scene is unquestionable just like their positive

impact on so many lives of people of all cultures and

generations.”

 

The group’s extended musical family and friends, in

partnership with BAMBDFEST International 2021,

will present “The Bay Area Honors Shock G” on

Saturday, August 21. The celebratory day begins with

the “Feed The Hood” program in collaboration with

the East Oakland Collective followed by an Official

Motorcade from East Oakland to West Oakland ending

at City Hall. The official after party to celebrate Shock

G’s life will be held at The New Parish.

 

“I am excited to be celebrating Digital Underground

Day and am honored to be associated with the

resolution that established this day. digital

underground’s achievements and cultural

contributions to the arts community, particularly

in Oakland, cannot be understated,” commented

Oakland City Councilmember Carroll Fife. “Their

creative vision and artistic brilliance was instrumental

in bringing global attention to Oakland arts and

entertainment. Commemorating these cultural

achievements by Black artists reflects the rich history

and extensive variety of Black artistic expression. This

is the beauty and brilliance of Black creatives. It is an

important contribution and legacy that I want to

support and see thrive.”

 

“As a young adult I began exploring the world for the

first time with my musical brother, Shock G, and

Digital Underground,” said the group’s Money B. “To

now be honored and acknowledged by the city I have

loved and acknowledged my whole life and to share

this honor every year on Shock G’s birthday with the

digital family is surreal.” Rest in Paradise Shock G

 

Source: Tyshawn Smith

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