Noz of Cocaine Blunts has unearthed news of what has the potential to the best autobiography since Jose Canseco’s Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big*. The book in question is Producing a Genius, a still-in-progress work by Shock-G, a.k.a. Humpty Hump, a.k.a. the leader of seminal ’90s rap group Digital Underground. According to Shock’s MySpace blog, “the book will chronical [sic], my 6 years, 4 tours, 19 studio sessions, 7 video shoots, 13 house parties, 2 courtroom cases, 5 basketball games, 3 streetfights, 4 arrests/police run-ins, dozens of tag-team girl trade-off experiences inwhich [sic] I was side by side with Tupac, and what it was like to record the young genius in the early years of his career, a time that he himself called the best time of his life.”
The chapter excerpted on the blog also catalogs the making of Tupac’s classic single “I Get Around,” which upon subsequent re-examination was probably an admission of a proclivity for orgies that may or may not have occurred in Burger King bathrooms. Not only does the post reveal that Tupac wrote Shock’s lyrics for “I Get Around,” it includes an explanation of the phrase, “I’m Shock G, the one who put the satin on your panties.” Though much of the focus of the still in-progress book appears to be on Tupac, here’s hoping that Shock devotes at least a few chapters to such burning questions as: how close the group came to inventing “Sex Packets”; “how to properly get stupid and shoot an arrow like cupid”; “how to doowhatchalike while still finding time to be career-driven”; “the best ways to shimmy, shimmy cocoa pop”; and, of course, “how to not let being skinny stop you from getting busy.”
Producing a Young Genius; (excerpt: The ‘I Get Around’ Story) [SHOCKG MySpace blog]
2Pac “I Get Around” [YouTube]
* This was also slated to be the title of my first solo album. Damn you, Canseco!