Today, Dec.8 is the 50th birthday of Houston rapper and Get Boys member Bushwick Bill.

Though he was born in Jamaica, Richard Stephen Shaw, better known as Bushwick Bill, grew up in the South and joined the already formed group the Geto Boys in 1986. When original member Sir Rap-A-Lot left Raheem, The Sire Jukebox, the two added DJ Ready Red, Prince Johnny C and at the time a back-up dancer going by Little Bill. The Geto Boys dropped their debut album Making Trouble in 1988. The group was known for their horror core style of lyrics, especially rapping about shocking subjects like misogyny, gore and necrophilia. Though their debut wasn't a huge success, the members switched out again to include Scarface and Willie D with Bill and DJ Ready Red. Their next album Grip It! On That Other Level in 1989 scored them better notoriety, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, but it wasn't until the 90s when the group went down to a trio and dropped the platinum-selling We Can't Be Stopped and Till Death Do Us Part that the Geto Boys became one of rap's most dangerous groups. The famous cover art of We Can't Be Stopped depicts Bushwick Bill being wheeled through the hospital the night he was shot in the eye by a girlfriend in 1991.

Aside from the Geto Boys, Bushwick Bill has dropped six solo albums, the most successful of which was his solo debut, Little Big Man, in 1992. In 2015, it was reported that the Geto Boys would be reuniting and touring within the near future.

Happy Birthday, Bushwick Bill!

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