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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Foundation (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Declaration Of War

3. Yes, Yes, Y'all

4. We Boogie

6. I Tried

7. 1, 2, The 3

8. G Code

9. What?

10. Leanin On You

11. Nothin' 2 Show

13. The Secret

15. Outro

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Track List: Greatest Hits (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Balls & My Word

2. Scarface

3. Mind Playing Tricks On Me

4. Straight Gangstaism

5. Six Feet Deep

6. World Is A Geto

7. Geto Boys & Girls

8. Let A Hoe Be A Hoe

9. It Ain't

10. Mind Of A Lunatic

11. Chuckie

12. Trigga Happy N**ga

13. Crooked Officer

14. Gangsta (Put Me Down)

15. Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta

16. Geto Fantasy

17. The Answer To Baby (Mary II)

Disc 2
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Track List: Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Dawn 2 Dusk

3. Livin' 4 The Moment

5. Eye 4 An Eye

6. B's & H's

7. Why U Playin

8. Like Some H's

9. I Don't F* With You

10. Do Yo Time

11. Free

12. Thugg N**gaz

13. They B's

14. Big Faces

15. Gangsta (Put Me Down)

16. Street Game

17. Retaliation

18. Gun In My Mouth

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Track List: The Resurrection (Explicit)

1. Ghetto Prisoner

2. Still

3. The World Is A Ghetto

4. Open Minded

6. Hold It Down

7. Blind Leading The Blind

8. First Light Of The Day

9. Time Taker

10. Geto Boys And Girls

11. Geto Fantasy

12. I Just Wanna Die

13. N**gas And Flies

14. A Visit With Larry Hoover

15. Point Of No Return

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Track List: Til Death Do Us Part (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. G.E.T.O.

3. It Ain't

4. Crooked Officer

5. No Nuts No Glory

6. Six Feet Deep

7. Murder Avenue

8. Raise Up

9. Murder After Midnight

10. Straight Gangstaism

11. Cereal Killer

12. This Dick's For You

13. Street Life

14. Bring It On

15. Outro

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Track List: Uncut Dope (Explicit)

1. Do It Like It Go

2. Assassins

3. Mind Of A Lunatic

4. Mind Playing Tricks On Me

5. Size Ain't

6. The Unseen

7. And My Word

8. Scarface (Original)

9. Action Speaks Louder Than Words

10. Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta

11. Chuckie

12. Gotta Let Them Hang

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Track List: We Can't Be Stopped (Explicit)

1. Rebel Rap Family

2. We Can't Be Stopped

3. Homie Don't Play That

4. Another N**ger In The Morgue

5. Chuckie

6. Mind Playing Tricks On Me

7. I'm Not A Gentleman

8. Gota Let Your Nuts Hang

9. F___ A War

10. Ain't With Being Broke

11. Quickie

12. Punk-B____ Game

13. The Other Level

14. Trophy

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Track List: The Geto Boys (Explicit)

1. F**k 'Em

2. Size Ain't S**t

3. Mind Of A Lunatic

4. Gangsta Of Love

5. Trigga Happy N**ga

6. Life In The Fast Lane

7. Assassins

8. Do It Like A G.O

9. Read These Nikes

11. Scarface

12. Let A Ho Be A Ho

13. City Under Siege

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Track List: Grip It! On That Other Level (Explicit)

1. Do It Like It G.O.

2. Gangsta Of Love

3. Talkin' Loud Ain't Saying Nothin'

4. Read These Nikes

5. Size Ain't S_ _ _

6. Seek And Destroy

7. No Sell Out

8. Let A Ho Be A Ho

9. Scarface

10. Life In The Fast Lane

11. Trigga Happy Aggin

12. Mind Of A Lunatic

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I see them as the first real gansta on the wax scene and never got the recognition deserved to their talents and hard efforts to get on the mainstream of the hip hop network. My last words to you brothers is stay strong and may you all be much successful in all your future projects and I will always be looking out for your sound outs..
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Ain't no b**ch kissin no one u know tha s**t ain't goens works
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CMW
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Tha s**t always does it agains fool
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Dam right the s**t did it again
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aysinah
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Now that you have started don't stop. If you ignore this you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When done press space bar and your crushes name will appear. It's creepy but actually works.
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REAL OLD SCHOOL,NEW S**T SUCKS
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WATT4LIFE
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Classic
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Grumpy
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Love me some Dude!
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smedina0991
25 to life is the mandatory minimum.
I b on sum street s**t don't talk 2 police ......

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Lopez Mara villa �� we don't give a s**t ��
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Damn I just watched Office Space today been singing this song all day
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skybounce1
Old School Rap Is the s**t
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Dont get much better the best of the old school?
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Real s**t
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Timeless
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GTA 5 bought me here ��
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kristyfrank1
gangster walk
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Young cats don't no nothing bout this they that bull s$$$ today is the s$$$ lmao. Future,young thug,migos,r i c h homie what a joke
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hlnrlms
I did some of Sam s**t you did but your mom wood be happy for you love you stay real gs for live
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Just got out the 10th floor(gladia t o r level) in Harris county jail, my boyz swooped me up pumpin "gangsta of love" on 4-15"kickers , w i t h some honeys ,never seen titties bounce that hard from base,some hard mutha fuckas in That 713
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coreytreynol d s 8
Keep it real and you will always chill Dont ever cheat yourself power lies with in Boom!
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Damn classic i miss the old days
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My mind is Playing tricks on me
I play that song when I am Trippin Ballz
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Much luv to the geto boys reppin sa town texas presa block puro south east side
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DAM IT DOES FEEL GOOD TO B A G THATS OG SA TOWN WHAT'S UP IH10 HALLAS
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the good old days right there boy
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txt or call (781)222-339 9 ( s t e v 0 2 c h e m @ g m a i l . c o m )
Do you need a plug on Actavis promethazine with codeine syrup
(CANNABIS STRIANS like sour disel,white widow,grandd a d d y purple,purpl e kush,OG,) Seeds.
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xanax, roxy 30s, oc 80s, hydros,vicod i n , L S D , adderal,addy , percs,
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Kiss your hand 5 times say your crushes name say your name rewrite this on 5 other stations and your crush will ask you out in two days
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We don't talk to police, we don't make a peace bond, we don't trust in the judicial system, we shoot guns.
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Bich I can do better then you
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You a pease of sh::t f**k you i can rap better
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my shittt !
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Yo
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H-town 713 o.g.
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MY MINDS PLAYN TRICKS ON ME,I MISS THE GETO BOYS MUSIC,REM THIS N DA CLUBS BACK THEN.
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Ayeeee this my shiit
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Love them
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The good and tuff days
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Ain't nothing like the OG s**t, good memory's from the good old days
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Love him
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My s**t since. Day. One
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Brings back memories of past homies in the mutha fucken day$$$$$
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One of the best rap groups EVER......
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Without them $ it's like I'm living & dying @ the same time.....one of my top ten anthem songs....
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Geto boys 4 life
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Geto boys is the s**t!
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