Today In Hip-Hop: Geto Boys Release ‘We Can’t Be Stopped’

On this day, July 1, in hip-hop history…

We Can’t Be Stopped

 

1991: Years before Diddy told you that he won’t stop, Houston, Texas’ Geto Boys were already establishing their movement. Fueled by the classic rap single, “Mind Playing tricks on Me,” Willie D., Bushwick Bill and Scarface took CEO J. Prince’s local Rap-A-Lot to the national spotlight. We Can’t Be Stopped is the most successful Geto Boys’ album, in terms of album sells.

The raw energy on We Can’t Be Stopped is abundant. Each song is never wasted and addresses some issue that is prominent to a member of the group. The album is laced with violent profane lyrics that paint a vivid picture of how it was to grow up in Houston rough neighborhood, the 5th Ward. It’s a reminder of what happens in impoverished neighborhoods that are often forgotten and it’s inhabitants are left for dead. “Fuck a War,” “I’m Not a Gentleman,” “Punk Bitch Game,” “Trophy” all tackle a gripe or topic that affects a member of Geto Boys. The cover of We Can’t Be Stopped shows member Bushwick Bill in the hospital after he was was shot in the eye as he and his girlfriend got into a fight.