Sad news to report. Legendary member of the iconic group Geto Boys, Bushwick Bill has passed away at 52 after a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer.
Bushwick Bill was born on December 8, 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica. The rapper (born Richard Stephen Shaw) moved to Brooklyn, New York in his youth before ultimately settling in Houston, where he joined Geto Boys as a dancer in the late 1980s.
Shaw suffered from dwarfism throughout his life, which informed to his early Geto Boys’ stage name “Little Billy.” At 3 feet 8 inches tall, he became one of the groups most memorable contributors, and his image graced the cover of Geto Boys’ 1991 album We Can’t Be Stopped, which depicts groupmates Scarface and Willie D rushing Shaw to the hospital after shooting his own eye out in the summer of 1991. Shaw released six studio albums as a solo artist including 1992’s Little Big Man, 1995’s Phantom of the Rapra, and most recently the 2010 album My Testimony of Redemption.
Last month, Geto Boys announced a farewell tour following Shaw’s cancer diagnosis, which was later cancelled due to his health. According to reports from TMZ, he was also upset by the title of the tour, which implied he was on his deathbed.
Scarface confirmed the news on Instagram…