Rapper, songwriter and producer Gregory Edward Jacobs, aka Shock G, has died at the age of 57.
Jacobs was born in New York City but was raised in Tampa where he was found dead in a hotel room.
Shock G was notorious for 'The Humpty Dance' by his Oakland-based group Digital Underground in the early 1990s.The cause of death has not yet been disclosed by Jacob's Father, Edward Racker. TMZ goes on to report that the cause of death is still unclear but there were no signs of trauma and that an autopsy will likely be conducted to determine the cause of death.
Shock G was the frontman and lead singer of the hip-hop group Digital Underground and often performed using his alter ego 'Humpty Hump'.
He was also known for his notorious collaborations with 2Pac when he released a one-off single called 'Same Song' that marks 2Pac's recording debut.
Shock G also produced songs for Dr. Dre, Prince and KRS-One, just to name a few.
He was known for his ability to embody a number of different personas and characters, as well as aliases for his work. Jacobs was always focused on transforming the world around him through his music.
"I'm trying to change the world with art," he told XXL in a 1998 interview. "I'm not trying to get rich. I even still have the same car I bought when we put out that first album."
As we're approaching the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, we can't wait for the memorable outfits and speeches that come with the event.
Over the years celebrities and actors have taken to the stage, not only to thank their loved ones but to raise awareness about race, gender, the environment and many more issues that affect people around the world.
The Best Oscars Speeches of all time
They have used this immense platform to narrate their personal experiences and articulate what events made the difference for them with regards to the respective topics.
Let's take a look at some of the most memorable Oscars speeches of all time and some of our favourites.
Leonardo DiCaprio | The Revenant | 2015
The long-awaited Oscars award for Leonardo DiCaprio was the product of "tireless efforts" and an "unbelievable cast" according to DiCaprio. He took the opportunity to thank his fellow actor Tom Hardy by breaking into a heartfelt bromance declaration and went on the use his role in The Revenant to draw a comparison of man and nature.
"I just want to say this. Making "The Revenant" was about man's relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.
"We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity. For the indigenous people of the world. For the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this. For our children's children. And for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted."
Halle Berry | Monster's Ball | 2002
The Monster's Ball protagonist delivered an emotional and powerful speech as the first black woman to ever win the best actress. She took the stage to acknowledge this fact and delivered her speech full of gasps and emotions recognizing the gravity of the historic moment she was in.
"This moment is so much bigger than me," she said. "This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me: Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of colour that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.
Joaquin Phoenix | Joker | 2020
This particular Oscars win hit an emotional spot for many people as the movie 'The Joker' evoked such strong emotions of injustice and anger in viewers as they couldn't figure out whether the protagonist deserved our sympathy or wrath. He dedicated his win to "use our voice for the voiceless," and went on to address the "distressing issues that we are facing collectively"
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