Post-mortem particulars have now emerged on hip-hop pioneer Gregory Jacobs, aka Shock G, who died in April of this 12 months.
The ultra-powerful opioid fentanyl has now claimed one other musical phenom, based on post-mortem particulars rising in the present day. Shock G, an early hip-hop pioneer who launched the world to Tupac Shakur and ‘The Humpty Dance,’ died in April from a large overdose involving a cocktail of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and alcohol.
Shock G, whose actual identify was Gregory Jacobs, ingested the combination ‘by accident,’ based on the report from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner. In different phrases, this wasn’t a suicide and foul play wasn’t concerned — however Jacobs was clearly testing the bounds of his physique.
It’s unclear what ranges of every drug had been present in Jacobs’ system, although we’re assuming substantial portions had been concerned. The intermingling of the varied deadly substances didn’t assist issues both, particularly at elevated doses.
On April twenty second, Shock G was discovered lifeless inside his resort room on the Vista Inn & Suites in Tampa, FL. In line with stories from resort workers who noticed the musician previous to his dying, Shock G appeared wholesome and energetic previous to that time. When Jacobs failed to take a look at on the afternoon of the twenty second, resort workers entered the room and located Shock G unresponsive.
Shock G, whose largest impression on hip-hop music and tradition got here in 80s and 90s, died at 57. The legendary producer and rap character first splashed onto the scene with Digital Underground, a bunch that — not like most entertainers in the present day — refused to take themselves severely. That irreverence harkens again to a extra buoyant and upbeat time in hip hop historical past, as anybody acquainted with “The Humpty Dance” can attest.
Over the previous few years, fentanyl overdoses — taken alone or together with different medication — have led to the overdoses of Tom Petty, Prince, and Mac Miller, amongst others.
Only recently, rapper DMX additionally died from a deadly overdose that concerned fentanyl. Like Shock G, a lethally-potent cocktail was concerned (in DMX’s case, it was a combination of crack cocaine, fentanyl, alcohol, prescription drugs, and COVID-19 that ended the rapper’s life).
Earlier this week, a trial date for Mac Miller’s drug sellers was introduced. All three sellers have been held with out bail for greater than two years, and accused of knowingly promoting deadly counterfeit medication laced with fentanyl. All three have pled not responsible to varied federal narcotics expenses.