Rapper and producer Shock G, a.k.a. “Humpty Hump” known for Digital Underground’s hit song “The Humpty Dance,” has died at 57, while NASA Mars rover successfully creates oxygen on the red planet, and more news.
Shock G, a.k.a. Humpty Hump, found dead in Tampa hotel room at 57
Rapper and producer Shock G, a.k.a. “Humpty Hump” known for Digital Underground’s hit song “The Humpty Dance,” and his work with Tupac Shakur died at 57 on Thursday as condolences pour in from the hip-hop community.
Digital Underground member Chopmaster J, was the first to make the announcement on Instagram on Thursday.
Shock G’s father, Edward Racker, later confirmed to TMZ that his son had been found dead on Thursday in a hotel room in Tampa. The cause of death Digital Underground’s biggest hit was “The Humpty Dance,” which sampled Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart, as well as peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 7 on the R&B chart, Yahoo Entertainment reported. The song ended up being one of the most sampled hip-hop songs of all time.
Shock G was born Gregory Jacobs on Aug. 25, 1963, in Brooklyn. He began his music career as a drummer, played piano but rose to fame as a DJ and producer, most notably for his early work such as producing Tupac Shakur’s “I Get Around” and “So Many Tears” in 1993 and 1995, and coproducing 2Pac’s debut album, 2Pacalypse Now.
NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully makes oxygen on Mars, setting the stage for crewed missions
NASA has announced that a tool sent with its Perseverance rover successfully converted some of the thin, carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere on Mars into oxygen, ABC reported.
The successful conversion occurred on March 20, using the MOXIE device on Perseverance which produced approximately 5 grams of oxygen, Gizmodo reported. Although a small step, it marks a potentially huge leap for future human missions to the red planet.
MOXIE is an abbreviation for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, the experimental instrument developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
In addition to potentially providing breathable air for humans to use in future missions on the red planet, storing oxygen on Mars could also help our rockets from the surface of the planet to send astronauts back home to Earth, NASA said.
IOC: Athletes who make demonstrations at Tokyo Olympics will face punishment
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this week that it will enforce its rules that ban athletes from demonstrating at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
In a report, explaining its decision, the IOC said it made the determination after surveying over 3500 athletes across the globe over the last year.
“A clear majority of athletes believe that it is not appropriate for athletes to demonstrate or express their views” during the Games, the IOC said in the report.
According to “Rule 50” of the IOC, it states: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
A review of his policy by an IOC committee came after professional American athletes protested their own national anthem. The IOC noted that kneeling or raising a fist will bring swift punishment, the Daily Wire reported.