Bushwick Bill has died of cancer last Sunday, 9 June 2019, at the age of 52.
The rapper born Richard Stephen Shaw was rap’s Master of Horror. He brought the gore and thrills of slasher movies to his music, and understood their power. As a member of Houston rap group the Geto Boys he was also pivotal in shedding light on the horrors plaguing black communities as side effects of real violence: paranoia, depression, anxiety, fear. His music was a balancing act between these two poles, and he harnessed both the rousing and chilling effects of terror with panache.
The video here, check out Bushwick Bill did his part on the second verse in “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta”, one of Geto Boys’ biggest hits.
Rest in power, Little Billy!
Text via Rolling Stone and Pitchfork.