"Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 PM".
He appeared on FOX 26's The Isiah Factor Uncensored on May 17 and talked with Isiah Carey about his fight with cancer, the scheduled Geto Boys tour, which later fell apart and writing new songs.
Born Richard Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica, the artist moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn as a young child - hence his rap moniker - before relocating to Houston, where he first joined the Rap-A-Lot Records-assembled group in the early-to-mid-'80s as a breakdancer and hype man.More news: Iran gears up for high-stakes diplomacy ahead of Japanese visit
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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. His son, Javon, reportedly shared with TMZ that Bill's last words to him were "I will love you forever". "He was surrounded by his immediate family", the rapper's publicist Dawn P. told Rolling Stone.
With verses like the one above, Bushwick Bill - who issued six solo albums, in addition to his releases with Geto Boys - pioneered the "horrorcore" style, which focuses around themes of horror, gore and death, rapping about being a real-life version of Chucky from Child's Play and more. Rest in peace to a hip-hop legend, and make sure to bump some Geto Boys in his honor. Bill teamed up again with Willie D and Scarface on the 2005 reunion album The Foundation. Bill started out with the group as a dancer and then elevated to rapper.
"[They said], 'We see a mass on your pancreas and we can't understand because it's not alcohol, it's not sugar, it's not diabetes - they went through all kind of stuff", Bushwick Bill recalled to TMZ. "Pancreatic cancer. Chemotherapy gave me pneumonia".