... has left us, aged 52.
Great commentary on the Geto Boys, Alec, and interesting encounter with Bushwick.
I also used to follow Scarface and I remember buying the 'World Is Yours' album back then. My interest dwindled as 'The Diary (?)' album came out. Still waiting to hear his "whole new thing" with a band and him playing guitar or bass...but maybe that was him talking while he was smoking those Swisher Sweets.
Had a mild interest in Willie D too...thanks to getting a five finger discount while working at Tower Records in Pasadena. 'Going Out Like A Soldier'...it was ayight. Ha!
The closest I ever came to the 5th Ward in Houston was on my way driving to New Orleans. As I turned on some city street off the 10 freeway, it just seemed way too scary for this suburbanite...Made a quick U-turn back to the freeway. Trippin' off of Chuck Wick.
I like your observations on the GB's loops made out of great Soul music from the 70's. That was what attracted me the most...and the way they delivered their funky rhymes.
On another note...I wish Bill would use more Drum & Bass rhythms in some songs...that would be the real un-cut dope! Ha ha.
Thanks for adding this, Alec.
I was actually into some of the early Geto Boys albums in my wild twenties and Bushwick's solo stuff.
Even though the music got too bodacious for me after awhile, I still would check up on that dwarf guy with the strange image. Bushwick 'Copper to Cash' Bill. Damn...