Geto Boys

Geto Boys

Biography

Geto Boys (originally spelled Ghetto Boys) is a rap group from Houston, Texas, consisting of ScarfaceWillie D and Bushwick Bill.

The Geto Boys earned notoriety for its lyrics which included misogyny, gore, psychotic experiences, and necrophilia. Despite the explicit content of their songs, critic Alex Henderson argues that the group "comes across as much more heartfelt than the numerous gangsta rap...wannabes who jumped on the gangsta bandwagon in the early ’90s." The Geto Boys broke new ground with their soulful southern sound (a precursor to the Dirty South style).

The original Ghetto Boys consisted of: Prince Johnny C, The Slim Jukebox, DJ Ready Red and Little Billy, the dancer who later came to be known as Bushwick Bill. The group released an album titled Making Trouble in 1988, which got very little attention. The group broke up shortly after and a new line-up was put together with the inclusion of Scarface and Willie D, both aspiring solo artists.

The group’s 1990 album The Geto Boys caused Def American Recordings, the label to which the group was signed at the time, to switch distributors from Geffen Records to Warner Bros. Records (with marketing for the album done by WB sister label Giant Records) because of controversy over the lyrics. In the early part of the decade, several American politicians attacked gangsta emcees, including the Geto Boys. A high-profile incident in which Bushwick Bill lost an eye in a shooting with his girlfriend helped boost sales of its third album, We Can't Be Stopped. The album cover had a picture of the injured Bushwick being carted through a hospital by Scarface and Willie D. On the album's title track, the group responded to Geffen Records ending its distribution deal with Def American. The album featured the single "Mind Playing Tricks on Me", which became a big hit in the hip-hop community.

All three members began solo careers, but Willie D. was the only one who actually left the group. Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys, adding Big Mike for Till Death Do Us Part in 1993. Although Till Death Do Us Part was certified gold it was not as well received by fans, as the lyrically gifted shoes of Willie D who also wrote for Bushwick, proved too big to fill for Big Mike. Subsequently, Big Mike was dropped and Willie D returned for 1996's critically acclaimed The Resurrection and 1998's Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly.

The song "Street Life" from the album Till Death Do Us Part was featured on the motion picture South Central. A video clip for the song with footage from the film was released.

Although the band rarely releases albums or perform together, the interest in the group has never wavered as fans anxiously await one more album or performance. However, the group did come together for a much anticipated reunion at the Smoke Out Festival in San Bernardino, CA on October 23, 2009.

In 2010, Richard Stephen Shaw (Bushwick Bill) was threatened with deportation to Jamaica. In 2012, the Geto Boys will release a song with the Insane Clown Posse on The Mighty Death Pop!'s "White Pop" bonus album "Mike E. Clark's Extra Pop Emporium". The song would actually be an extended Geto Boys remix on the song "Forever". They will also make a live performance together in the 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos.

Discography

Geto Boys - Making Trouble

Geto Boys - Making Trouble

Rap-A-Lot Records 1988
Geto Boys - Grip It! On That Other Level

Geto Boys - Grip It! On That Other Level

Rap-A-Lot Records 1989
Geto Boys - The Geto Boys

Geto Boys - The Geto Boys

Def American Recordings 1990
Geto Boys - We Can't Be Stopped

Geto Boys - We Can't Be Stopped

Rap-A-Lot, Priority Records 1991
Geto Boys - Uncut Dope: Geto Boys’ Best

Geto Boys - Uncut Dope: Geto Boys’ Best

Rap-A-Lot, Priority Records 1992
Geto Boys - Till Death Do Us Part

Geto Boys - Till Death Do Us Part

Rap-A-Lot, Priority Records 1993
Geto Boys - The Resurrection

Geto Boys - The Resurrection

Rap-A-Lot, Noo Trybe Records 1996
Geto Boys - Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly

Geto Boys - Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly

Rap-A-Lot Records 1998
Geto Boys - Greatest Hits

Geto Boys - Greatest Hits

Rap-A-Lot Records 2002
Geto Boys - The Foundation

Geto Boys - The Foundation

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2004
Geto Boys - Best Of The Geto Boys

Geto Boys - Best Of The Geto Boys

Rap-A-Lot Records 2008
Geto Boys & Scarface - Best Of...

Geto Boys & Scarface - Best Of...

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2008

Guest Appearances

Willie Dee - Controversy
  • Do It Like It G.O.

Willie Dee - Controversy

Rap-A-Lot Records 1989
Convicts - Convicts
  • 1-900-Dial-A-Crook

Convicts - Convicts

Rap-A-Lot, Priority Records 1991
Too Much Trouble - Bringing Hell On Earth
  • Only The Strong

Too Much Trouble - Bringing Hell On Earth

Rap-A-Lot, Priority Records 1992
5th Ward Boyz - Ghetto Dope
  • Studio Gangster

5th Ward Boyz - Ghetto Dope

Rap-A-Lot, Priority Records 1993
Insane Clown Posse - The Amazing Jeckel Brothers
  • Assassins

Insane Clown Posse - The Amazing Jeckel Brothers

Island Records 1999
Swiff Haywire & Bay-B Gyrl - F.A.M.E.
  • Buss Back

Swiff Haywire & Bay-B Gyrl - F.A.M.E.

Haywire Records, Inc. 2009

Compilations

Straight From The Hood
  • Mind Playing Tricks On Me

Various - Straight From The Hood

Priority Records 1991
Gangsta Rap
  • Must Be The Music

Various - Gangsta Rap

Priority Records 1991
Rap Beat From The Street
  • Mind Playing Tricks On Me

Various - Rap Beat From The Street

K-Tel Distribution 1992
Rap-A-Lot´s Underground Masters
  • We Ain´t With Being Broke

Various - Rap-A-Lot's Underground Masters

Rap-A-Lot Records 1992
Jason's Lyric OST
  • Bring It On

Various - Jason's Lyric (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Mercury 1994
Rap G Style
  • Six Feet Deep

Various - Rap G Style

Priority Records 1995
Original Gangstas OST
  • The World Is A Ghetto

Various - Original Gangstas (The Soundtrack)

Noo Trybe Records 1996
Rap-A-Lot Records - 10th Anniversary
  • Mind Playing Tricks On Me

Various - 10th Anniversary - Rap-A-Lot Records

Rap-A-Lot Records 1996
Scarface - My Homies, Part 2
  • My Life

Scarface - My Homies, Part 2

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2006
Rap-A-Lot Street Classics Vol. 1
  • Car Freaks

Various - Rap-A-Lot Street Classics Vol. 1

Rap-A-Lot Records 2008
Various - Rap-A-Lot Greatest Hits
  • Mind Playing Tricks On Me

Various - Rap-A-Lot Greatest Hits

Rap-A-Lot Records 2008
Scarface - Greatest Features
  • When It Gets Gangsta

Scarface - Greatest Features

Rap-A-Lot Records 2009
Number 1 Streets Hits
  • Mind Playin' Tricks On Me

Various - Number 1 Streets Hits

Rap-A-Lot Records 2010
Gangstas And Hustlers
  • Why U Playin'

Various - Gangstas And Hustlers

Rap-A-Lot Records 2010
Crazy & Psychotic Vol. 1
  • Murder After Midnight

Various - Crazy & Psychotic Vol. 1

Rap-A-Lot Records 2010
Insane Clown Posse - Mike E Clark's Extra Pop Emporium
  • Forever (Extended Geto Mix)

Insane Clown Posse - Mike E Clark's Extra Pop Emporium

Psychopathic Records 2012
Various - Sex, Money, And Drug
  • Gangsta Put Me Down

Various - Sex, Money, And Drug

Rap-A-Lot Records 2013
Swagger Check
  • First Light Of The Day

Various - Swagger Check

Rap-A-Lot Records 2013