geto boys – Biographie

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Und Rums. Die Geto Boys sind schlichtweg eine der legendärsten HIP HOP COMBOS. Jeder der drei (Kern-)Akteure ein Original. Bushwick Bill aufgrund einer Lebensgeschichte und seiner Größe. Scarface für sein Lebenswerk und Willie D. für seine harte Rechte (ja der Mann kann tatsächlich auch boxen. Die Geto Boys oder ursprünglich Ghetto Boys sind dirty south und kommen aus Houston, Texas. Die Zusammensetzung der Geto Boys wechselte häufigerangefangen hatte es mit folgenden Mitgleidern: Prince Jonny C, Sire Jukebox; DJ Reddy Red; und Little Billy, der Tänzer der später als Bushwick Bill bekannt wurde.
Kaum eine andere Gruppe hat derart von sich Reden gemacht und die Grenzen zwischen zynischer Vermarktung und unumkehrlichen Lebensschicksal stärker gemischt. Bushwicks Bills raus(ch)geschossens Auge zierte das Album „We Can’t Be Stopped“ der Geto Boys. Auf dem Cover ist Bill in der Mutter mit herunterhängendem Auge und Willie D. und Scarface jeweils links und rechts zu sehen – unvergesslich. Der ganzen Geschichte war eine Auseinandersetzung zwischen Bill und seiner Freundin vorausgegangen – in deren Verlauf sich im Handgemenge zwischen beiden ein Schuß löschte und Bill schwer verletzte.
Die Geschichte ist im Musikvideo „ever so clear“ zu sehen. Das gleichnamige hochprozentige Getränk dürfte danach ein weiteren Absatzpeak erlebt haben (der aufmerksame Rap Fan erinnert sich: Auch der gootesfürchtige Ice Cube, seines Zeichens Moslem machte schon Werbung für Hochprozentiges, fand daran nichts verwerfliches und trug als Testimonial zu positiven Verkaufszahlen bei.)

The group broke up shortly after and a new line-up was put together with the inclusion of Scarface and Willie D, both aspiring solo artists.

The Geto Boys earned notoriety for its transgressive lyrics which included gore, psychotic experiences, necrophilia, and misogyny. Despite the explicit content of their songs, critic Alex Henderson argues that the group „comes across as much more heartfelt than the numerous gangsta rap…wannabes who jumped on the gangsta bandwagon in the early ’90s.“ – Das kann an nur unterstreichen, wenn man „My mind playing tricks on me“ gesehen hat.

Ähnlich einzigartig ist die Musik, neben den Song-Texten und den eigentlichen Akteuren. Mit Ihrem soulful southern sound eroberten Sie neue Musikgefilde und prägten den Dirty South style, wie kaum eine andere Combo, which was produced by people like Johnny C, Doug King, and later N.O. Joe and Mike Dean.
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History – Die Geschichte der Geto Boys

The group’s 1990 album The Geto Boys had to switch distributors from Geffen to Warner Bros. Records (with marketing done by WB sister label Giant Records) because of controversy over the graphic portrayal of rape, necrophilia, and murder in the song „Mind of a Lunatic.“ It was later released with alternate lyrics on iTunes and on its compilation album Uncut Dope. The Geto Boys (released by Rick Rubin’s Def American Recordings, later re-named American Recordings) is actually a compilation, consisting mainly of ten tracks taken from its 1989 album Grip It! On That Other Level, as well as two new songs and one song from its debut LP, Making Trouble.

In the early part of the decade, several American politicians attacked gangsta emcees, including the Geto Boys (though most famously Ice T and the 2 Live Crew). A high-profile incident in which Bushwick Bill lost an eye in a shooting with his girlfriend helped boost sales of its third album, We Can’t Be Stopped. The album cover had a picture of the injured Bushwick being carted through a hospital by Scarface and Willie D. On the album’s title track, the group responded to being dropped by Geffen Records. „Mind Playing Tricks on Me“ became a hit in the hip-hop community.

All three members began solo careers, but Willie D. was the only one who actually left the group. Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys, adding Big Mike for Till Death Do Us Part in 1993. Willie D. returned for 1996’s The Resurrection and 1998’s Da Good, Da Bad, & Da Ugly. After years on hiatus, the group released its seventh album, The Foundation, in 2005. The Geto Boys were featured on Scarface’s My Homies Part 2 album.

The Geto Boys‘ popularity was boosted somewhat in 1999 by the prominent use of two songs—“Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta“ (original, later released as a single on vinyl) and „Still“ (from The Resurrection)—in Mike Judge’s film Office Space, now considered a cult classic. Also, the song „Mind of a Lunatic“ was covered by rock band Marilyn Manson in 2003, as a B-side off of the album The Golden Age of Grotesque.

The single „Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta“ has also been covered by the band Aqueduct and country singer Carter Falco.The song „Street Life“ from the album Till Death Do Us Part was featured on the motion picture South Central. A video clip for this song with footage from the film was also released.

Namensursprung

The group’s name, Geto Boys, comes from a deliberate misspelling of the word Ghetto. For both its first album 5th Ward Chronicles: Making Trouble (1988) and its second album, Grip It! On That Other Level (1989), the spelling was Ghetto Boys, according to standard English spelling rules. For its third album, The Geto Boys, they changed it to the „Geto“ spelling, which the group still uses today.

Discography

Albums
Album Informationen

Making Trouble
* Released: 1988
* Billboard 200 chart position: –
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –
* Singles: „You Ain’t Nothin'“ / „I Run This“

Grip It! On That Other Level
* Released: 1989
* Billboard 200 chart position: #166
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #19
* Singles: „Do It Like A G.O/Fuck ‚Em“

The Geto Boys
* Released: 1990
* Billboard 200 chart position: #171
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #67
* Singles: „Do It Like A G.O/Fuck ‚Em“

We Can’t Be Stopped
* Released: July 1, 1991
* Certification: Platinum
* Billboard 200 chart position: #24
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #5
* Singles: „Mind Playing Tricks On Me“, „I Ain’t With Being Broke/My Mind Playing Tricks On Me/Gotta Let Them Hang“

Till Death Do Us Part

* Released: March 19, 1993
* Certification: Gold
* Billboard 200 chart position: #11
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #1
* Singles: „Six Feet Deep“, „Crooked Officer“, „Straight Gangstaism“

The Resurrection
* Veröffentlichung: April 2, 1996
* Certification: Gold
* Billboard 200 chart position: #6
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #1
* Singles: „The World Is A Ghetto/Still“

Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly
* Veröffentlichung: November 17, 1998
* Billboard 200 chart position: #26
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #5
* Singles:

The Foundation
* Veröffentlichung: January 25, 2005
* Billboard 200 chart position: #19
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #3
* Singles: „G-Code/When It Gets Gangsta/The Secret“, „Yes, Yes, Y’All“

Charting Singles
Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1991 „Mind Playing Tricks on Me“ 23 10 1 We Can’t Be Stopped
1993 „Crooked Officer“ – 70 4 Till Death Do Us Part
„Six Feet Deep“ 40 37 2
1996 „The World Is a Ghetto“ 82 37 12 Original Gangstas Soundtrack

Compilation albums
Album Informationen

Uncut Dope: Geto Boys‘ Best
* Veröffentlichung: 1992
* Billboard 200 chart position: #147
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #31
* Singles: „Damn It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta“

Greatest Hits
* Released: November 5, 2002
* Billboard 200 chart position: –
* R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –
* Singles:

Wechselnde Besetzungen der Geto Boys
(1986-1988)

* Prince Johnny C.
* The Slim Jukebox
* Bushwick Bill
* DJ Reddy Red

(1988-1991)

* Bushwick Bill
* Scarface
* Willie D
* DJ Reddy Red

(1992-1995)

* Bushwick Bill
* Scarface
* Big Mike

(1996)

* Bushwick Bill
* Scarface
* Willie D

(1998)

* Scarface
* Willie D

(2005-Present)

* Bushwick Bill
* Scarface
* Willie D

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