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 Boys, Willie 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 Records1992
Bushwick Bill - Phantom Of The Rapra

Bushwick Bill - Phantom Of The Rapra

Rap-A-Lot Records, Noo Trybe Records1995
Bushwick Bill - No Surrender... No Retreat

Bushwick Bill - No Surrender... No Retreat

Wrap Records1998
Bushwick Bill - Universal Small Souljah

Bushwick Bill - Universal Small Souljah

Nu Wave2001
Bushwick Bill - Gutta Mix

Bushwick Bill - Gutta Mix

$ers-n-¢s Ent., Adex Records, Lightyear Entertainment2005
Bushwick Bill - My Testimony Of Redemption

Bushwick Bill - My Testimony Of Redemption

Much Luvv Records2009
Bushwick Bill - Little Big Man (Screwed)

Bushwick Bill - Little Big Man (Screwed)

Rap-A-Lot Records2013
Noodlez & Bushwick Bill - Home Of The Brave

Noodlez & Bushwick Bill - Home Of The Brave

GT Digital, Noodlez2015

Guest Appearances

  • Fuck The Media

The Terrorists - Terror Strikes: Always Bizness, Never Personal

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records1991
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
  • Stranded On Death Row

Dr. Dre - The Chronic

Interscope Records, Priority Records, Death Row Records1992
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 Records1993
5th Ward Boyz - Ghetto Dope
  • Thanks For The Blessing

5th Ward Boyz - Ghetto Dope

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records1993
DMG - Rigormortiz
  • Intro

DMG - Rigormortiz

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records1993
DFC - Things In Tha Hood
  • A Piece Of My Mind (Intro)

DFC - Things In Tha Hood

Assault Records, Big Beat1994
Menace Clan - Da Hood
  • Have You Ever Heard

Menace Clan - Da Hood

Rap-A-Lot Records, Noo Trybe Records1995
Scarface - My Homies
  • Do What You Do

Scarface - My Homies

Rap-A-Lot Records, Interface1998
SPM - Power Moves: The Table
  • Power Moves

SPM - Power Moves: The Table

Dope House Records1998
Do Or Die - Headz Or Tailz
  • Tailz

Do Or Die - Headz Or Tailz

Neighborhood Watch, Rap-A-Lot Records1998
Mad Mafia - M.A.D. - Minds Above Dollars
  • Death Is With Me

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

Mad Dollars Productions2000
The Killin Squadron - Super Singles
  • We All Get Around

The Killin Squadron - Super Singles

Hard Tyme Records2000
Dramatik - Mobology
  • M.O.B.

Dramatik - Mobology

Blackhouse Entertainment2001
Robinson Boyz - 18th Street Bound
  • To You Haters On The Town

Bushwick Bill Presents Robinson Boyz - 18th Street Bound

West Town Records2002
Twiztid - The Green Book
  • Everybody Diez

Twiztid - The Green Book

Psychopatic Records2003
Black & Dirty - Born Ready
  • Who U Fucking With

Pimp Black Presents Black & Dirty - Born Ready

Break The Law Entertainment2004
Jullie-D - The Mania
  • Bad Boys

Jullie-D - The Mania

Armada Records2005
Von Won - Money Already Made
  • The Bad Guy

Von Won - Money Already Made

Southern Xposure Entertainment2006
Yukmouth - Million Dollar Game
  • Outro

Yukmouth - Million Dollar Game

Godzilla Entertainment, Smoke-A-Lot Records2006
K.B. Da Kidnappa - Ghetto Raised
  • Ghetto Raised (Remix)

K.B. Da Kidnappa - Ghetto Raised

Spittin Venom Records2007
Devin The Dude - Hi Life
  • My Occupation

Devin The Dude - Hi Life

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, J. Prince Entertainment2008
K.B. Da Kidnappa - An Army Of One
  • All The Things

K.B. Da Kidnappa - An Army Of One

Spittin Venom Records2011
Legz Diamond & The Purple Gang - 9 Pistolas
  • Intro

Legz Diamond & The Purple Gang - 9 Pistolas

Psychopathic Records2013
The Kinfolks - No Days Off Till It Pays Off, Vol. 1
  • Still Standing

The Kinfolks - No Days Off Till It Pays Off, Vol. 1

Stonehouze Ent.2015
Point Blank - Being A Real Nigga Is A Nine2five 24 / 7 / 365
  • Upside Down Frowns

Point Blank - Being A Real Nigga Is A Nine2five 24 / 7 / 365

Wreckless Entertainment2017

Compilations

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

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

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records1996
Ice Cube - Featuring... Ice Cube
  • Two To The Head

Ice Cube - Featuring... Ice Cube

Priority Records1996
Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 2
  • If You Ain't Scaid

Various - Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 2

Alkatraz Productions, Family Biz Entertainment2002
Different Style Organizations (DSO)
  • Do Tha Damn Thang

Various - Different Style Organizations (DSO)

BDK Entertainment2003
Psychopathics From Outer Space Part 2
  • Out There

Various - Psychopathics From Outer Space Part 2

Psychopatic Records2003
Laroo Tha Hard Hitta Presents Bay Area Muscle
  • The Legend

Various - Laroo Tha Hard Hitta Presents Bay Area Muscle

Timeless Music2004
Laroo Tha Hard Hitta Presents Time-less Music
  • Peep Game

Various - Laroo Tha Hard Hitta Presents Timeless Music

Timeless Music2005
Las Vegas: Northtown Vs Westside Vs Eastside
  • Die Die

Various - Las Vegas: Northtown Vs Westside Vs Eastside

Cin Sity Records2005
Live From Da Gutter
  • Down South Legend

Various - Live From Da Gutter: Soundtrack

F.U. Pay Me Records2005
Court-Dog Presents Steel Here Movie Soundtrack
  • Break Somethin

Various - Court-Dog Presents Steel Here Movie Soundtrack

D-Boy Records2006
YaDa-Mi-Classics, Volume 1
  • Bad Boys

Various - YaDa-Mi-Classics, Volume 1

K-Tel2006
5th Ward Boyz - Greatest Features
  • Thanks For The Blessings

5th Ward Boyz - Greatest Features

Underground Recordz2007
The Stomper Presents The New West Coast
  • Geto Boyz

Various - The Stomper Presents The New West Coast

Hi Power Entertainment2008
Various - Rap-A-Lot Greatest Hits
  • Ever So Clear

Various - Rap-A-Lot Greatest Hits

Rap-A-Lot Records2008
Crazy & Psychotic Vol. 1
  • Chuckie

Various - Crazy & Psychotic Vol. 1

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life2010
Various - Latinos Unidos, Vol. IV
  • High Level Of Crime

Various - Latinos Unidos, Vol. IV

Hustlazplayground2012
Krushadelic - Yada Mi Classics Vol. 2
  • Goin' Hard

Krushadelic - Yada Mi Classics Vol. 2

Armada Entertainment2013