Bushwick Bill, a member of pioneering hip-hop group Geto Boys, was announced deceased this past weekend on Sunday evening by his publicist Dawn P he was only 52 years old. The Houston Hip-Hop Icon was fighting a battle with pancreatic cancer which he was diagnosed with in early May.
Bushwick Bill was born Richard Stephen Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica. He was raised in Brooklyn where he was a b-boy and graffiti artist. Bill began making a name for himself in Houston when he first joined Geto Boys in the late 1980s as a dancer, he went by the name “Little Billy” in reference to his 3’9 height. One of Bill’s most iconic songs, “Size Ain’t Shit” appeared on the group’s sophomore effort “Grip It! On That Other Level.” The group starting gaining popularity with their 1991 album We Can’t Be Stopped, which included a cover that featured an explicit image of Bill in the hospital after losing an eye in a shooting incident. Bill would go on to release six solo albums, dropping his debut album “Little Big Man” in 1992.
Earlier this year, The group was planning to do a Geto Boys farewell tour that never came into existence. Bill was allegedly bothered by the name of the tour “The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell” because he thought it was exploiting his cancer condition to sell tickets.
In this time of mourning we’re sending our love to Bill’s family and friends!