Scarface + Bushwick Bill + Willie D
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San Antonio, TX, 78205
Geto Boys (originally spelled Ghetto Boys) from Houston, Texas, consisting of Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill are the founders of Southern rap and is considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time. The Geto Boys' lyrics push reality rap themes to extremes. They are credited for having inspired a legion of acts, including 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Eminem, UGK, T.I., Goodie Mobb, OutKast, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Z-Ro, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Juvenile, Mystikal, Esham and Insane Clown Posse.
In the early 1990s, several American politicians attacked rap artists associated with the sub-genre gangsta rap, including the Geto Boys. A high-profile incident in which Bushwick Bill lost an eye in a shooting was indicative of the group's 1991 album, We Can't Be Stopped. The album cover features a picture of the injured Bushwick being carted through a hospital by Scarface and Willie D. The album featured the now classic single, "Mind Playing Tricks On Me", which became a big hit and charted at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After Willie D left the group, Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys with the addition of Big Mike who made his debut appearance with the group on 1993's album, Till Death Do Us Part. Although Till Death Do Us Part was certified gold, it was not as well received by fans as Willie D's shoes proved too big to fill. Subsequently, Big Mike was dropped and Willie D returned for 1996's critically acclaimed The Resurrection, and the 1998 follow-up Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly, of which Bushwick Bill was not a part. After seven years on hiatus, the group reunited to record its seventh album, The Foundation, which was released on January 25, 2005 to wave reviews.
The Geto Boys' songs have placed in several movies, most notably Mike Judge's cult classic film Office Space which included "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta" from Till Death… and "Still" from The Resurrection. The song "Mind of a Lunatic" has been covered by many recording acts including Marilyn Manson in 2003, as a B-side off the album The Golden Age of Grotesque. The single "Damn it Feels Good To Be A Gangsta" has also been covered by the band Aqueduct and country singer Carter Falco.
Although the band rarely releases albums or perform together, they are said to be in talks to record a new album and are currently performing spot dates in select cities. Recent shows include ICP's The Gathering of the Juggalos Festival in Cave Rock, Illinois and Return of the Legends with Ice Cube in Detroit. They will perform in San Antonio at Backstage Live on December 21st for a concert and party entitled, "End of the World." Assuming the world doesn't end, they will hit the stage in Austin, Texas at Emo's East on January 26, 2013. The show will be streamed live Pay-Per-View to a worldwide audience.
"The shows that we're doing are really fan appreciation styled, said Willie D. It's unfortunate that we've performed less than ten shows together in the past ten years. Since we're only doing select dates and won't be playing abroad any time soon, the live streaming will give our fans around the world a deserved opportunity to experience what it's like to witness a GB performance in real time action."
Despite or perhaps because of the Geto Boys' lack of a touring schedule, album releases and aloofness they remain strongly in demand.
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