In an interview wth 247hh.com Scarface recalls the time when Bushwick and Willie D came to blows.
Scarface, Willie D, J Prince, Ready Red and Bushwick Bill had just touched down in Mississippi and entered a Limousine, which Scarface describes as more of a funeral hearse. At some point during the journey, Bushwick became agitated and started ranting about how much he hated the establishment they were attending and that they were a bunch of “trench coat and gangster” pussies. As you can imagine, Willie D was non too pleased, and took Bushwick’s comment as a disrespectful shot aimed at him, and his “Trenchcoats-N-Ganksta hats” song.
Mr. Scarface Is Back , the debut solo album that set Scarface on the way to becoming the most prolific artist of all the previous 9 members of the Geto Boys. Released in October 1991, the album managed to reach 13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart gaining it gold status. The iconic album cover image…
Ever since hearing my first Geto Boys album "Grip It On That Other Level," I've been a devout Rap-A-Lot fan with a deep respect for founder James "J Prince" Smith. For at least a decade, between 89 and 99 I supported Rap-A-Lot unconditionally, and stacked up virtually every album the…
Rigormortiz, the debut album from DetriMental Ganxsta- DMG was released at a time when solid albums seemed to be dropping routinely every other week. Rigormortiz was one of those tapes that I remember seeing sat proudly in a lot of peoples collections but was rarely talked about. It just kinda seemed to get lost in the…
Scarface may be considered the overall king of the south, but Willie D is the undisputed cuss down king. And in case you forgot just how “Laugh out loud” funny he can be, here is a video compilation of some of his best moments. From the hardcore take down of fellow Rap-A-Lot label mate Choice, to his verbal assault on police brutality victim Rodney King, Uncle Willie has never been one to mince his words.
Uber-feminists and politically correct individuals who are easily offended might want to turn back now, Willie ain’t no joke. You’ve been warned!
In 1988, Rap-A-Lot Records founderJames Prince decided to invest his full budget and attention towards the Ghetto Boys, as he saw them as the most promising music-act on his label.
After the criticism and commercial failure of the original group’s debut album “Making Trouble”, J. Prince felt that the Ghetto Boys, and ultimately “the Rap-A-Lot brand” needed to go in a different direction and so a line-up change was decided. Jukeboxx left the group while DJ Ready Red and Bushwick stayed on with Prince Johnny C stepping back into a production based role. Prince felt that the original groups rapping styles where too similar to artists from New York and this was something he wanted to move away from in favour of a more hard edged sound.
Willie D (known then as Willie Dee), was already signed to Rap-A-Lot as a solo artist, but was added to the group at the request of J Prince. Willie would later reveal that he was initially reluctant to join the fold as he wanted to make a solo album. Willie did eventually get his wish, releasing his debut album Controversy in December of 1989.
Controversy contains an original version of “Do It Like it G.O,” featuring Prince Johnny C and Sire Jukeboxx. It was later re-recorded and featured on the Geto Boys’ 1989 album, Grip It! On That Other Level, with Scarface and Bushwick Bill replacing the lines of Johnny C and Jukeboxx.
Controversy is somewhat of a Rap-A-Lot collectors item. The very first pressings are extremely rare and can be identified by the slight title text differences on the albums cover. The original reads: “Featuring The Ghetto Boys” while the reissue has the more well known “Geto Boys” spelling. However the reissues are still pretty rare and fetch a decent price.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Lil James Prince PRODUCERS: Ready Red / Prince Johny C ENGINEER: Doug King MIXED BY: Cliff Blodget
Grip It! On That Other Level is the second studio album by the Houston hip hop group, Geto Boys (then known as Ghetto Boys), released on March 12, 1989 on Rap-A-Lot Records. Following the disappointing results of the group’s first album, Rap-A-Lot CEOJames Prince replaced two of the group members with Scarface (then known as Akshen) and Willie D, who joined original members Bushwick Bill and DJ Ready Red. Recording for the album began in 1988, and finished in early 1989. The majority of the album’s tracks were produced by DJ Ready Red, and much of the album’s lyrical content deals with violent and misogynistic topics, which would later be credited for pioneering the horrorcore hip hop sub-genre.
Upon its 1989 release, Grip It! On That Other Level reached number 166 on the Billboard 200 chart, and number 19 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The song “Do it Like it G.O.” was the album’s only single used for promotion. Grip It! was well received in the hip hop community, and was considered to be the group’s breakout album, as it gave them national exposure and eventually sold 500,000 copies. A year after its release, super-producer Rick Rubin remixed 10 of its tracks for the 1990 remix album The Geto Boys. In 1998, The Source magazine included Grip It! On That Other Level on their 100 Best Albums list, and in 2002, they gave it the perfect five mic’ rating.
The very first pressings of the album featured the original and grammatically correct spelling of the groups name “Ghetto Boys” which would later be changed to the more familiar “Geto Boys” spelling.
[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”100%” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]ALBUM FACT: The bottom of the album cover contains the message – “Dedicated to the memory of NC Trahan”. NC was a friend of the groups who was shot and killed outside a gas station during the video shoot for Raheems “Dance Floor”.[/dropshadowbox]
“Rare Footage” – Geto Boys’ Willie D Knocks Out Melle Mel At The 1992 Rappers Annual Charity Boxing Event In New York.
The annual Rappers Charity Boxing event pitted rappers with boxing skills against rivals from opposite coasts. I missed it’s initial airing but caught highlights of it on a British hip hop/dance music show called Dance Energy, hosted by TV/radio presenter Normski.
Since then stories of what went down at this event have become legendary. Some of it is exaggerated and some of it is just plain nonfactual.
Tim Dog was scheduled to take on Dope E from Rap-A-Lot group The Terrorists, but Tim never showed up, so Freddie Foxxx had to step in as a replacement. After pummelling Spook Blunt of the group True Culture, Foxxx went on to take out Dope E by unanimous decision, winning both the heavy weight and super heavyweight titles.
In a later interview Freddie called-out the author of “Fuck Compton” for fronting on the event, saying something about “rappers who make records like “Step To Me” but can’t even step into the ring.”
Melle Mel Vs Willie D
Lets just say Melle Mel gets “the message” when Willie “drops them 5th Ward B’s on him…”