Houston rapper who gave the southern US states their own version of gangsta rap had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bushwick Bill, a rapper with influential rap group Geto Boys, has died aged He had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His Geto Boys career started first as a dancer, calling himself Little Billy — a play on his dwarfism — later becoming a rapper and forming the classic lineup of the group alongside rappers Scarface and Willie D. They broke into the US mainstream in with their track Mind Playing Tricks on Me, and became hugely influential for creating a southern US flavour to gangsta rap. Geto Boys had their biggest chart success in with the album The Resurrection, which reached No 6 in the US charts, while in , they earned a new audience through prominent use of their songs in the cult film comedy Office Space. In , Bill lost an eye after accidentally shooting himself in an argument with his girlfriend. He was pronounced dead, but later regained consciousness while in the hospital morgue.
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He was His death was confirmed by his sister Ann-Marie White. No other details were provided. Last month, Bushwick Bill announced that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Bushwick Bill — who was born with dwarfism and stood approximately 3 feet 8 inches tall — was a member of Geto Boys, the Houston trio whose work in the late s and early- to mids on the Rap-A-Lot label was among the most formative in Southern rap. The group was known for its incendiary, sometimes grotesque lyrics, and also for songs that grappled with morality in stark terms. That made Geto Boys a flash point for cultural conservatives upset about rap lyrics. He spent much of his childhood in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. His mother worked as a hotel housekeeper, and his father was in the merchant marine. He moved to Houston in the s and joined an early incarnation of Geto Boys as a dancer under the name Little Billy.
Dawn P. The publicist says the rapper, whose legal name is Richard Shaw, was surrounded by family when he died. His Dallas-based business manager, Pete Marrero, said the rapper was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February. He had been planning to go on tour around the time he was hospitalized.
Richard Stephen Shaw December 8, — June 9, , better known by his stage name Bushwick Bill , was a Jamaican-American rapper and record producer. He went on to become one third of the best-known incarnation of the group, alongside Willie D and Scarface. His father was a merchant marine, and his mother was a maid. Shaw was born with dwarfism and was listed as 3 feet 8 inches cm tall. Shaw got his start in the music industry in as a member of the Geto Boys , where he performed as a dancer known as Little Billy. He later transitioned to rapping, and was featured on the Geto Boys' debut album, Making Trouble in Prince recruited Scarface and Willie Dee , two local aspiring artists out of Texas as the second incarnation of the group. The new lineup began recording together in and their debut project as a group and second overall for the Geto Boys, Grip It! On That Other Level was released in to much better reception, being considered a classic album and one of the earliest entries into the Horrorcore genre.