Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Not Dead, Still Fighting Cancer: Publicist

Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Not Dead, Still Fighting Cancer: Publicist

Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Not Dead, Still Fighting Cancer: Publicist

The "Damn It Feels Good to Be A Gangsta" rapper's publicist told The Associated Press that the rapper passed away on Sunday at 9:35 p.m. MDT at a Colorado hospital.

Richard Stephen Shaw, a Jamaican-American rapper better known by his stage name Bushwick Bill.

Reuters was unable to reach a representative for Bill to confirm the report.

Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D of the Geto Boys perform on stage at the Growlers 6 festival at the LA Waterfront on October 29, 2017 in San Pedro, California.

In his May 1 video message, Bill said he wanted to record some new music before he died to provide additional "residual income" for his loved ones. Many of rap's current stars, from Jeezy and Lil Wayne to Juice WRLD and 21 Savage, have cited Geto Boys as an influence.

In May, the rapper shocked fans and industry peers after he told TMZ that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in February.

In the span of a decade, from 1988 to 1998 - including a three-year hiatus, from '93 to '96 - Geto Boys released an impressive six albums. In 2019, on the heels of Bill's cancer diagnosis, the members announced they were planning a farewell tour, to be called The Beginning of a Long Goodbye, The Final Farewell.

In an interview with TMZ, Bushwick Bill said he wasn't afraid of dying, referencing one of his songs, "Ever So Clear", from his 1992 solo album, where he talks about shooting himself in the head and losing an eye when he was high on drugs. "Pancreatic cancer. Chemotherapy gave me pneumonia". I was told it is mass with no objective. 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.

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