Bushwick Bill, Geto Boys Rapper and Horrorcore Pioneer, Dead at 52

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The rapper passed away last night (June 9), aged 52, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. From then on, Geto Boys mainly consisted of Bushwick Bill alongside Scarface and Willie D. Their most successful album was 1996's "The Resurrection".

Born Richard Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica, the artist moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn as a young child - hence his rap moniker - before relocating to Houston, where he first joined the Rap-A-Lot Records-assembled group in the early-to-mid-'80s as a breakdancer and hype man.

DALLAS-Representatives of pioneering rapper Bushwick Bill say he is hospitalized in critical condition but still alive, contrary to some reports. Yet the passing of Bushwick Bill has served as a wake-up call, a reminder of what the Geto Boys and their members have given to to the game throughout their tenure.

Bill's publicist, Dawn P, told the AP the rapper was on a ventilator at a Colorado hospital. While Scarface was hailed as the lyricist of the group, Bushwick Bill's appeal lied in his erratic, say-anything verses.

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In May, the rapper shocked fans and industry peers after he told TMZ that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in February. Rest in peace to a hip-hop legend, and make sure to bump some Geto Boys in his honor. Over the past few decades, he alternated between performing with Geto Boys and solo LPs.

The group announced The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell tour at the top of the year but Bill thought the title exploited his sickness and dropped out.

Bushwick famously lost his eye in 1991 after accidentally shooting himself in the face during an argument with his girlfriend. Bill was also beloved by many metalheads and metal bands, including the Deftones, who invited him onstage at SXSW in 2016; you can see video of that performance below, as well as tributes from Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicidal Tendencies) and Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind. "So, I am like could it be cancer?"

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