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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
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Albums by
Geto Boys

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    14 songs

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    We Can't Be Stopped

    25 songs

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    The Best of the Geto Boys

    14 songs

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    Da Good da Bad & da Ugly [Chopped and Screwed]

    12 songs

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    Grip It! On That Other Level

    13 songs

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    Till Death Do Us Part [Screwed & Chopped]

    13 songs

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    The Geto Boys

    15 songs

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    Greatest Hits [Screwed and Chopped]

    12 songs

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    Uncut Dope

    15 songs

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    The Foundation

    15 songs

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    Resurrection [Screwed]

    18 songs

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    Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly

    12 songs

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    Grip It! On That Other Level

    11 songs

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    Making Trouble

    15 songs

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    Till Death Do Us Part

    14 songs

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    We Can't Be Stopped

    17 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    15 songs

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    The Resurrection

    15 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    15 songs

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    Resurrection

    13 songs

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    Till Death Do Us Part

    14 songs

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    We Can't Be [Stopped Chopped & Screwed]


Top Songs by
Geto Boys

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    Popularity
  2.   Mind Playing Tricks on Me
  3.   Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta
  4.   Gangsta of Love
  5.   Scarface
  6.   Mind of a Lunatic
  7.   Gangster of Love
  8.   Assassins
  9.   We Can't Be Stopped
  10.   No Sell Out
  11.   Must Be the Music
  12.   Mary Jane
  13.   Chuckie
  14.   Let a Ho Be a Ho
  15.   Mind Playin' Tricks
  16.   Still
  17.   Never Seen a Man Die
  18.   G Code
  19.   I Dont F* With You
  20.   Six Feet Deep
  21.   6 Feet Deep
  22.   It Aint S**t
  23.   Geto Boys and Girls
  24.   Straight Gangstaism
  25.   I'm Not a Gentleman
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