Bushwick Bill

Bushwick Bill

Bushwick Bill

Biography

Richard Shaw (born December 8, 1966), better known by the stage name Bushwick Bill, is a member of the rap group Geto Boys. He was born in Jamaica, but moved to Brooklyn, New York as a young child.

The most well-known event of Bushwick Bill’s life was a shooting accident in which he lost his right eye. One night in May 1991, while depressed, drunk and suicidal, he went to his girlfriend’s house and asked her to shoot him. She refused, and he threatened to harm their baby. After a struggle, the gun went off, piercing his eye, leaving a bullet stuck inside his head. He survived the accident, but lost his eye.The whole story is told in detail in the song “Ever So Clear” and its accompanying music video. The song name is a reference to the grain alcohol he was drinking at the time of the accident: Everclear. While in the hospital, a picture was taken for Geto Boys‘ next album We Can’t Be Stopped. In the album cover, the two other members of Geto BoysWillie D and Scarface, are pushing a gurney down a hospital hall, and the bloodied swollen eye can clearly be seen.

Bushwick Bill can also be heard on the album The Chronic by Dr. Dre. He appears in the video for Dre Day as one of Eazy E’s fellow rappers, as well as in the introduction and concluding parts of Stranded on Death Row which was performed by Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound, RBX, the Lady of Rage and Snoop Doggy Dogg. His 1998 album No Surrender… No Retreat was dedicated to his friend Gil Epstein, a Fort Bend County prosecutor, who was shot dead in Houston, Texas, in 1996.

In May 2010, Bushwick Bill was arrested in Georgia for possession of marijuana and cocaine. Police did a background check and found that along with carrying a green card, he also had three previous convictions on his record. After paying bail, Bill was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who tried to initiate removal proceedings against him. Based on his prior arrest record, he was facing deportation. After winning his removal case, he was released from custody on October 18, 2010. According to his attorney, Carlos Solomiany, Bushwick Bill is now “back to being a lawful permanent resident of the United States.” Although the misdemeanor charges are still pending, Solomiany is confident that the rapper will not have to serve any more time behind bars, as he hopes to enroll him into a rehabilitation drug court program.

Fans first became aware of Bushwick’s legal troubles when he failed to show for an appearance at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors last June, where he was scheduled to perform the Geto Boys’s classic song “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” along with Willie D. Game took over in Bill’s absence.

Although he is now free, it doesn’t seem like fans will ever get to see the veteran Southern rap group together any time soon. XXL asked Bill if he plans on working with Willie D and Scarface again, and he said they didn’t seem interested in his new musical direction. His 2009 album, My Testimony of Redemption, saw the born-again rapper rhyming about his religious leanings.

“I don’t think any of them is interested,” he said of appearing on record with his former group. “I’ve never got the vibe that they would do a gospel song. ‘Cause when they talking about doing another Geto Boys album I said I would do it if I could rap like I’m rapping on my gospel album, I didn’t get a whole lot of cosigning on that from all the political parties concerned.”

Bushwick Bill is currently working on his new album, The Road to Redemption. A court date has yet to be determined in his misdemeanor drug case.

Discography

Bushwick Bill - Little Big Man

Bushwick Bill – Little Big Man

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1992
Bushwick Bill - Phantom Of The Rapra

Bushwick Bill – Phantom Of The Rapra

Rap-A-Lot Records, Noo Trybe Records 1995
Bushwick Bill - No Surrender... No Retreat

Bushwick Bill – No Surrender… No Retreat

Wrap Records 1998
Bushwick Bill - Universal Small Souljah

Bushwick Bill – Universal Small Souljah

Nu Wave 2001
Bushwick Bill - Gutta Mix

Bushwick Bill – Gutta Mix

$ers-n-¢s Ent., Adex Records, Lightyear Entertainment 2005
Bushwick Bill - My Testimony Of Redemption

Bushwick Bill – My Testimony Of Redemption

Much Luvv Records 2009

Guest Appearances

  • Fuck The Media

The Terrorists – Terror Strikes: Always Bizness, Never Personal

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1991
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
  • Stranded On Death Row

Dr. Dre – The Chronic

Death Row Records 1992
Kool G. Rap & D.J. Polo - Live And Let Die
  • Two To The Head

Kool G. Rap & D.J. Polo – Live And Let Die

Cold Chillin’ 1992
Seagram - The Dark Roads
  • Wages Of Sin

Seagram – The Dark Roads

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1993
5th Ward Boyz - Ghetto Dope
  • Thanks For The Blessing

5th Ward Boyz – Ghetto Dope

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1993
DMG - Rigormortiz
  • Intro

DMG – Rigormortiz

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1993
DFC - Things In Tha Hood
  • A Piece Of My Mind (Intro)

DFC – Things In Tha Hood

Assault Records, Big Beat 1994
Menace Clan - Da Hood
  • Have You Ever Heard

Menace Clan – Da Hood

Rap-A-Lot Records, Noo Trybe Records 1995
Scarface - My Homies
  • Do What You Do

Scarface – My Homies

Rap-A-Lot Records, Interface 1998
SPM - Power Moves: The Table
  • Power Moves

SPM – Power Moves: The Table

Dope House Records 1998
Do Or Die - Headz Or Tailz
  • Tailz

Do Or Die – Headz Or Tailz

Neighborhood Watch, Rap-A-Lot Records 1998
Mad Mafia - M.A.D. - Minds Above Dollars
  • Death Is With Me

Mad Mafia – M.A.D. Minds Above Dollars

Mad Dollars Productions 2000
The Killin Squadron - Super Singles
  • We All Get Around

The Killin Squadron – Super Singles

Hard Tyme Records 2000
Dramatik - Mobology
  • M.O.B.

Dramatik – Mobology

Blackhouse Entertainment 2001
Robinson Boyz - 18th Street Bound
  • To You Haters On The Town

Bushwick Bill Presents Robinson Boyz – 18th Street Bound

West Town Records 2002
Twiztid - The Green Book
  • Everybody Diez

Twiztid – The Green Book

Psychopatic Records 2003
Black & Dirty - Born Ready
  • Who U Fucking With

Pimp Black Presents Black & Dirty – Born Ready

Break The Law Entertainment 2004
Jullie-D - The Mania
  • Bad Boys

Jullie-D – The Mania

Armada Records 2005
Von Won - Money Already Made
  • The Bad Guy

Von Won – Money Already Made

Southern Xposure, UAR Global 2006
5th Ward Boyz - Greatest Features
  • Thanks For The Blessings

5th Ward Boyz – Greatest Features

Underground Recordz 2007
K.B. Da Kidnappa - Ghetto Raised
  • Ghetto Raised (Remix)

K.B. Da Kidnappa – Ghetto Raised

Spittin Venom Records 2007
Devin The Dude - Hi Life
  • My Occupation

Devin The Dude – Hi Life

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, J. Prince Entertainment 2008
K.B. Da Kidnappa - An Army Of One
  • All The Things

K.B. Da Kidnappa – An Army Of One

Spittin Venom Records 2011

Compilations

Rap-A-Lot Records - 10th Anniversary
  • Ever So Clear

10th Anniversary – Rap-A-Lot Records

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1996
Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 2
  • If You Ain’t Scaid

Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 2

Alkatraz Productions, Family Biz Entertainment 2002
Different Style Organizations (DSO)
  • Do Tha Damn Thang

Different Style Organizations (DSO)

BDK Entertainment 2003
Psychopathics From Outer Space Part 2
  • Out There

Psychopathics From Outer Space Part 2

Psychopatic Records 2003
Laroo Tha Hard Hitta Presents Bay Area Muscle
  • The Legend

Laroo Tha Hard Hitta Presents Bay Area Muscle

Timeless Music 2004
Laroo Tha Hard Hitta Presents Time-less Music
  • Peep Game

Laroo Tha Hard Hitta Presents Timeless Music

Timeless Music 2005
Las Vegas: Northtown Vs Westside Vs Eastside
  • Die Die

Las Vegas: Northtown Vs Westside Vs Eastside

Cin Sity Records 2005
Live From Da Gutter
  • Down South Legend

Live From Da Gutter

F.U. Pay Me Records 2005
Court-Dog Presents Steel Here Movie Soundtrack
  • Break Somethin

Court-Dog Presents Steel Here Movie Soundtrack

D-Boy Records 2006
The Stomper Presents The New West Coast
  • Geto Boyz

The Stomper Presents The New West Coast

Hi Power Entertainment 2008
Crazy & Psychotic Vol. 1
  • Chuckie

Crazy & Psychotic Vol. 1

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2010