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Geto Boys

Though the controversial subject matter of gangsta rap wasn't much of a barrier to popular success during the '90s, the Geto Boys' recordings proved almost too extreme for widespread exposure. Blocked from distributing their 1990 major-label debut by Geffen -- who insisted that a track dealing with necrophilia as well as murder was a step too far -- the group was saved by producer Rick Rubin, who arranged another distributor for the album, released on his own Def American label. The controversy, which occurred two years earlier than similar censorship incidents involving Ice-T and 2 Live Crew, gave the Geto Boys a large amount of publicity. Their follow-up, We Can't Be Stopped, eventually hit platinum, though the trio of Scarface, Willie D., and Bushwick Bill began to fracture by 1993. After releasing solo albums during the mid-'90s, the Geto Boys reunited in 1996 for their most praised album yet, The Resurrection.

When the Geto Boys came together in 1986, though, it was with a completely different lineup. Formed as the Ghetto Boys in Houston by rap entrepreneur James "Lil' J" Smith (and signed to his Rap-A-Lot label), the group originally consisted of Prince Johnny C., the Slim Jukebox, and DJ Reddy Red. During 1987-1988, both Johnny C. and the Jukebox quit, forcing Smith to add a dwarf-dancer-turned-rapper named Bushwick Bill (born Richard Shaw, Jamaica) and two Rap-A-Lot solo acts: Ackshen (aka Scarface born Brad Jordan, Houston) and Willie 'D' Dennis (born Houston).

After the Geto Boys' Grip It! On That Other Level caught the ear of hip-hop impresario Rick Rubin (LL Cool J, Beastie Boys), Rubin re-mixed and re-recorded tracks from the album. He was ready to release it on his Def American label in 1990 when distributor Geffen balked at "Mind of a Lunatic," a track which described necrophilia with a murder victim. By late 1990, Rubin had found another distributor, Giant Records, and the album was released -- as The Geto Boys -- that same year.

The Geto Boys' association with controversy was far from over, though; rap groups were a hot topic for moral-minded politicians during the early '90s, and several leaders used the Geto Boys as an example to decry the state of modern music. The fires were fanned in 1991 with the release of the group's second proper LP, We Can't Be Stopped. Before the release of the album, Bushwick Bill had lost an eye in a shooting incident with his girlfriend, and the cover featured Willie D. and Scarface wheeling Bill into an emergency room, with a prominent shot of the damaged eye. Inside the album, proceedings were among the most extreme in the history of recorded music. Obviously, radio airplay was non-existent, but We Can't Be Stopped still went platinum in early 1992 -- thanks to the Top Ten R&B single "Mind Playing Tricks on Me," one of the most effective inner-city vignettes in hip-hop history.

By 1993, all three members had begun solo careers, though Willie D. was the only one completely separated from the band, citing artistic differences. Scarface and Bill continued with new member Big Mike, releasing Till Death Do Us Part in 1993, but split late in 1994. Just one year later, Willie D. returned to the fold for another Geto Boys release, The Resurrection, which showed the group in fine form. Now it was Bushwick Bill's turn to leave the group. DMG took his place for 1998's Da Good, Da Bad & Da Ugly but returned for the group's 2005 reunion album, The Foundation. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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BOSS S**T
Direction
Real rappers real s**t
He a player
prankster
garionbush
Plain
garionbush
This s**t was plan old raw
First Light of the Day Is still hard as hell.
This s**t goes hard
turner30929
What happened to real rap
Mu s**t
I've Benet heard it's nice to be a gagster
Gangsta s**t
elfwarrior75 3
Baddass Beats!
elfwarrior75 3
This is the s**t! Remember causing s**t to this track!
garrett6758
I saw some guy selling flowers ( Rolls up Window Slowly)
I'm an og now, S**ts mad old son, I'm the n**ga u b see in ya sleep haha
Gta 5 anyone
Prayers go out to Lil J & the entire family!
We don't talk to police- we don't make a peace bond; we don't trust in the judicial system, we shoot guns
Old school g s**t....dam wat happened to rap
lamebob12345
@kgulley40 , it still IS the s**t.
My life's theme song
Dis dat real gangsta s**t when i was a shawty south side bangin s**t ...
I wouldn's say I've been missing it Bob... Office Space FTW
geto boys 6 ft deep is a real azz song i still cry today when i hear this i miss rap like this this song have so much meaning to it todays mainstream rap cant f**k with this song
I was a ghetto boy real talk 1986 to be exact
This song was the s**t back in the day.
kushina337
Real music right here
I grew up on this brings back alot of memories!
The creator the one and only true time taker
When I was in high school I jam this a lot. Lol
Was my s**t when I was a young n**ga
I haven't heard this song in a while it makes me happy to hear this song again
Cool$ ®ut
Wes happen to the Og Face I grew up on you Cuz West Side Rollin 60 Crip Wilkaland Shreveport La 1000 bLocc
Telling da truth‘ slaves too da country untill you die. Make that$ for?
God it feels good to be a gangster. Godly one at that.
D town baby
sountrack to my life.
kk1nfolk
What goes around comes back around don`t get high on your on supply.
Face is forever the king of south musik
My s**t......
Office Space!!!!!
this is REAL MUSIC it tell a story not this s**t they taking about these days
This group here dam man put tha south on tha map face mob is tha tru king of tha south my younger yearz of my life listen too this s**t..tru o.g in tha game tha geto boyz tru gangsta rap....
The best rap song ever!!! Get hip to these boyz,youngst e r s . . . . t h i s is the real s**t...
This that ol skool swag on the gangsta tip
My mind is playing tricks man
This song is about Courtney Sloane and her parents going to the hood in La
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