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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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I love the geto bo y s
HANDS DOWN GETO BOYZ THE REAL
Damm listen to the lyrics do u hear what these brother's are saying now that's music
jlmoody09
Hardest rap group ever. Rap miss real n**gas like Geto Boys, UGK, and Eightball and MJG
Ugk,geto boyz, outkast tha real pioneerz of that south
Damn it's feel good to be ah gangsta yah feel meh
georgesalvam e
The heart of Houston Tx. Geto boys will always be the best in the south!!
that's what I'm talking about
Real muthafukin G'
GETO BOYS ARE THE REALEST...
My mind is playing tricks on my!!!!!!!!!! ! !
pkendall2020
Haha great song funny you relate it with office space.
Remember this song "DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A GANGSTA?" from Office Space?
I got major love for cuz he always tell it like it is , real a** gangsta rite there .
I can't be stopped. That was the S**t n my hood
GB4life
Im a getoboy
nobody knows my name they only know my face.
They put houston on the map somebody needs to put san antonio on the map
Back in the 80's we had a show called City Under Siege! They used to film how they raided crack houses!!!!No w you know how COPS & Amerikkkas Most Wanted & s**t comes from!!! That's real my n**gas!!!
this s**t is old school
...sipping bring back old skool
We don't talk to police, we don't make a peace bond, we don't trust in the judicial system, we shoot guns
And now, a word from the President!
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
Gettin voted into the White House
What about Tyler high;ts..... . . !
Gotta stop smoking that shift G boys H- Town is where its at!
402 king
Lol all I can think about is Office Space
Te la comes
The f**king jam!!!!!!!!! !
AWWW YEAH SON!!!! Fat meat is greasy!

Necrophilia and murder is in EVERY Insane Clown Posse album. So I guess I'll just add Geto Boys as a seed to that station.
Montalvin manor
Damm it feels good to be a gaNgsta XIV BIG NORTE RICHMOND CA, NOSTALGIA MANOR ALL DAY 24/7
Tuff lyrics to be honest just listen to the music!!!!!!!
734 oficinas in thai Zhang. EBay niega
REAL SONG!! STILL BUMPIN THIS IN THE CHI!!! 65FOLIFE MARKHAM ILL YEAH WE ON THE MAP!! GOGGLE US!!
Yo, Zuesbelly. Mc. Pittsburg was just quoting the Geto Boys. Usually I don't comment on things like this, but you being such a dumb a** f**k, I couldn't help myself.
Old school all damn day!!!
Old all damn day!
MC PITTSBURGH!! ! Hey man didn't Anybody tell you that calling your self a gansta really means you a WANKSTA!!! Fake a** n**ga
Dropping them 5th ward bees on him
feel good to be a gangster
If you ain't never had to strap up to leave the house, or fought or shot your way off the wrong block this song ain't for you- fools talkin bout "office space" shiiiiiiit
Dig I'm from CHI and the folks love this s**t n**ga
Office space is not to thank for how awesome the Geto Boys are
mike505mike
F**king love this s**t
Hardest s**t ever chi town said that
Freedom! 1000%
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