Houston rapper who gave the southern US states their own version of gangsta rap had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bushwick Bill, a rapper with influential rap group Geto Boys, has died aged He had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His Geto Boys career started first as a dancer, calling himself Little Billy — a play on his dwarfism — later becoming a rapper and forming the classic lineup of the group alongside rappers Scarface and Willie D. They broke into the US mainstream in with their track Mind Playing Tricks on Me, and became hugely influential for creating a southern US flavour to gangsta rap. Geto Boys had their biggest chart success in with the album The Resurrection, which reached No 6 in the US charts, while in , they earned a new audience through prominent use of their songs in the cult film comedy Office Space.
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The Number Ones. Album Of The Week. Counting Down. Some of those deaths were theatrical. At some Geto Boys concerts, there was a mid-show stunt they did at least once. Bill would clutch his chest and collapse. Scarface and Willie D, the two other Geto Boys, would scream for help.
Bushwick Bill, rapper with Geto Boys, dies aged 52
Richard Stephen Shaw December 8, — June 9, , better known by his stage name Bushwick Bill , was a Jamaican-American rapper and record producer. He went on to become one third of the best-known incarnation of the group, alongside Willie D and Scarface. His father was a merchant marine, and his mother was a maid.
Back in , year-old Bushwick Bill , high on PCP and after drinking Everclear grain alcohol, shot himself in the eye with a gun during an argument with his girlfriend. That is one version of the story of how the rapper — a member of the influential group the Geto Boys — and who died of pancreatic cancer over the weekend, aged 52, lost his eye. Another version, from a Vice interview with him in , suggests it was his mother who shot him after Bill came up with a plan, while under the influence of drink and drugs, to make money from an insurance scam. The photograph shows the injured rapper being pushed along in a hospital stretcher by bandmates Scarface and Willie D, while Bill is posing with an enormous early '90s mobile telephone.