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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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Gheto Boys!!
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OG Trill
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hgarcia398
so true
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Straight OG baby!! Mmmm hmm
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Awwwwwwww. Yeahhhhhhhhh h h h h h h . Here we go once again .........Tha n k s J . Prince
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Good s**t
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Htwn Royalty. ...4 life !
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atx1984atx
Out of ALLLLL the rap,hip hop the Ghetto Boys are the F**KING S**T!
THESE WE'RE THE GUYS THAT LAID IT DOWN, next to TOO SHORT & only a few others actually layed the foundation for the rest of the music industry to flow through.
GHETTO BOYS WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY!
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I never thought when Bid Mike filled Willie Ds spot that the G.B. would be the same but Damn I was wrong that CD was tha S**t
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My mind is Still playing tricks on me since '92 yeeee

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Facemob, geto boyz, fo life
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All's they needed was Bushwick in this song "point of no return" just sayin!!!!
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Bushwick Bill found the Lord . God Bless your travels
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Damon been listening to theses boys since 89...straigh t Geee s**t!
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Don't read this because it works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. If you don't post this on 5 songs you will be injured in 2 days.
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Damm it feels don't to be a Richmond CA Norteno gangster yeee
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pcer1981
I remember this jam back in the day
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Love is great but g boys is got the game check mate
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Is it weird that the geto boys is a white boy from west Virginia favorite group since I was 13 I don't think so geto boys best evet
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My mind plays triccs on me D.T.A
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dmcneil1230
MAN,THIS SONG STILL HYPE ME UP...... I GREW UP ON SCARFACE!!!
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k_rowin
One of the fukn best!!!
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GANGSTA is My Life
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This is real
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I don't wanna - run no more, but I know that if I stop
I'll be another n**ga headed to heaven, hanging with 'Pac
These motherf**ker s look at me like I'm a slanger
Makin threats to my family, dawg I'm in danger
Who do you call when these agents want you dead
And they hit these penitentiari e s and n**gas make a pledge
So I dip and duck the feds, all my homies duck out on indictments
Caught up on the phone, talking prices (hell o )
25-to-life's the mandatory minimum
My whole community gets treated lik
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duley28
The mob
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Seen scarface live..maan he layed it down..GB fan foe life..
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Geto Boys
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Damn it fells good to b a gangsta
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Greatness
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Mind playing tricks..geto boys
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Gangsta theme !!!
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Ancient banging Orange u glad we 50+ seniors and senorita's. :-)
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No more gang Baing please its not for us be cool thats way be
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You love it growing up be a man or woman
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yo scar face good Iove them all and 2pac all the way to
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R.I.P.
BIG ZO (((G)))

BUDDERZ

MISS YALL!!!!

LUV!!!!
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Shiiit... I grew up on it! Real Gangsta shiiit.
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Geto Boys will never never die as long as I live..Everyt h i n g they made was real live Gangsta s**t like 6 Poppin
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Young a** wankstas aint up on real gangsta s**t.Big Dirt Dexter 4life
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Smoked my first joint to this, yes jits I said joint. OG 4 life!!!
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Dam I grew up on this and still bumping in 2015!
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Geto Boys for life
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No MO Playa hating I gotta be free
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Old School
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Foasho real music rite here
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Playing this track way back in the days Ghetto Ghetto Boyz
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ghetto boyz all the way
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Real music
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