Geto Boys (originally spelled Ghetto Boys) from Houston, Texas, consisting of Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill are the founders of Southern rap and is considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time. TheGeto Boys' lyrics push reality rap themes to extremes. They are credited for having inspired a legion of acts, including 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G
., Eminem, UGK, T.I
., Goodie Mobb, OutKast, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Z-Ro, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Juvenile, Mystikal, Esham and Insane Clown Posse.
In the early 1990s, several American politicians attacked rap artists associated with the sub-genre gangsta rap, including the Geto Boys. A high-profile incident in which Bushwick Bill lost an eye in a shooting was indicative of the group's 1991 album, We Can't Be Stopped. The album cover features a picture of the injured Bushwick being carted through a hospital by Scarface and Willie D. The album featured the now classic single, "Mind Playing Tricks on Me", which became a big hit and charted at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After Willie D left the group, Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys with the addition of Big Mike who made his debut appearance with the group on 1993's album, Till Death Do Us Part. Although Till Death Do Us Part was certified gold,it was not as well received by fans. Subsequently, Big Mike was dropped and Willie D returned for 1996's critically acclaimed The Resurrection, and the 1998 follow-up Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly, of which Bushwick Bill was not a part. After seven years on hiatus, the group reunited to record its seventh album, The Foundation, which was released on January 25, 2005.
The Geto Boys' songs have placed in several movies, most notably Mike Judge’s cult classic film Office Space which included “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta” from Till Death… and “Still” from The Resurrection. The song "Mind of a Lunatic" has been covered by many recording acts including Marilyn Manson in 2003, as a B-side off 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.
Although the band rarely releases albums or perform together,they are said to be in talks to record a new album and are currently performing spot dates in select cities. Recent showsinclude ICP’s The Gathering of the Juggalos Festival in Cave Rock, Illinois and Return of the Legends with Ice Cube in Detroit. They performed to a sold out audience at Emo’s in Austin on January 26, 2013.
On February 9th, the group began filming an episode of TV One’s hit docu-series Unsung, set to air summer 2013. Willie D also began writing a planned syndicated advice column entitled, Ask Willie D.