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Geto Boys
Geto Boys

Also known as

Ghetto Boys

Origin

Houston, Texas, United States

Genre

Hip hop, gangsta rap, horrorcore, Southern hip hop

Years active

1986-present

Label

Rap-A-Lot (1986-2004)
Def American Recordings (1990)

Associated acts

5th Ward Boyz, Convicts, Ganksta N-I-P, Too Much Trouble

Members

Past members

Geto Boys (originally spelt Ghetto Boys) is an American hip hop group from Houston, Texas, that currently consists of Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill. The Geto Boys have earned notoriety for their lyrics which cover controversial topics such as misogyny, gore, psychotic experiences, and necophilia. The Geto Boys broke new ground with their soulful Southern sound, which was a precursor to the Dirty South style of music.

BiographyEdit

The original group consisted of rappers Raheem, The Sire Jukebox and Sir Rap-A-Lot, and they released the single "Car Freak" in 1986. When Raheem and Sir Rap-A-Lot left the group, they were replaced with rapper Prince Johnny C, DJ Ready Red, and hypeman/dancer Bushwick Bill. The group released their debut album, Making Trouble, in 1988, which garnered minor local and regional support. Due to creative differences, The Sire Jukebox and Prince Johnny C departed the group, and two solo artists on the Rap-A-Lot label, Willie D and Scarface, were brought in to complete the group. The group changed their name to Geto Boys, and released the album Grip It! On That Other Level in 1989, which was later ranked by The Source magazine as one of the 100 Best Albums.

Rick Rubin was impressed by the group, and wanted to to remix some of their songs to create an album on his Def American label. The graphic nature of the group's lyrics caused the original distributor to pull out, and had to be distributed by another label. The album, The Geto Boys, was released in 1990 with the disclaimer "Def American Recordings is opposed to censorship. Our manufacturer and distributor, however, do not condone or endorse the content of this recording, which they find violent, sexist, racist, and indecent."

Their violent and sexually explicit lyrics created a good deal of public controversy as opponents advocated censorship, and they were the victims of a campaign against controversial artists alongside artists such as 2 Live Crew and Ice-T. The call for censorship was fueled by the testimony of two Kansas teenagers, who claimed to be "temporarily hypnotised" by the Geto Boys song "Mind of a Lunatic" when they shot another teenager.

In 1991, the Geto Boys released their fourth album, We Can't Be Stopped, which was later certified platinum by the RIAA. The album cover features the infamous image of Bushwick Bill in a hospital, after he had shot himself in the eye during an altercation with his girlfriend. The album is best remembered for the song "Mind Playing Tricks on Me", which features lyrics about paranoia, fear and violent encounters. Although the group received virtually no radio airplay, the song became a hit and earned the group a following in New York and Los Angeles - markets that were difficult for Southern hip hop artists to enter.

In 1993, Willie D left the group to pursue a solo career, and the group recruited Big Mike to join the group for their album Till Death Do Us Part, which was certified Gold that same year. Willie D later rejoined the group and Big Mike left. The group released their next album, The Resurrection, in 1996.

Da Good da Bad & da Ugly was the group's seventh album and was released in 1998, and was the first album released by the group while Bushwick Bill was not a member, who had left the group to pursue a solo career. The Geto Boys went on a seven year hiatus, before Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill reunited to release the album The Foundation. In 2015, the group attempted to crowd fund a new album, entitled Habeas Corpus, but it failed to receive enough donations. Scarface announced soon afterwards that there will never be another Geto Boys album.

DiscographyEdit

MembersEdit

1986-1987
  • Raheem
  • Sir Rap-A-Lot
  • The Sire Jukebox
1987-1988
1988-1992
1992-1995
1995-1997
1997-1999
1999-2002 Split up or on hiatus
2002-present

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