Bushwick Bill

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Bushwick Bill
Birth name Richard Stephen Shaw
Born (1966-12-08) December 8, 1966 (age 48)
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–present
Labels Rap-a-Lot

Richard Stephen Shaw (born December 8, 1966),[1] better known by the stage names Bushwick Bill and Dr. Wolfgang Von Bushwickin the Barbarian Mother-Funky Stay High Dollar Billstir,[2] is a Jamaican-born American rapper. He is a member of the hip hop group Geto Boys.

Early life[edit]

Bushwick Bill was born under the name Richard Stephen Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica, on December 8, 1966. His father was a merchant marine and his mother was a maid. He has dwarfism. His stage name came from the Brooklyn neighborhood in which he lived.[3]

Notable Pieces of work[edit]


Bushwick is a stand out artist due to his autobiographical style, and his intense stories of drug and alcohol abuse as well as his struggles with mental illness and crime. In his song "Ever So Clear", Bushwick tells the story of a photo of him, his eye clearly and significantly bloodied from the result of threatening to throw his girlfriends baby out of the window if she did not shoot him, which she did. And being wheeled down a hospital corridor on a gurney with the other two Geto Boys flanking him became the front cover of the group's most successful album, 1991's We Can't Be Stopped.

Bushwick Bill can also be heard on the album The Chronic by Dr. Dre. He appears in the video of "Dre Day" as one of Eazy E's fellow rappers, as well as in the introduction and concluding parts of "Stranded on Death Row", which was performed by Kurupt of tha Dogg Pound, RBX, the Lady of Rage, and Snoop Dogg. His 1998 album No Surrender…No Retreat was dedicated to his friend Gil Epstein, a Fort Bend County prosecutor who was shot dead in Houston, Texas, in 1996.[4]

Bushwick Bill also appears on the first season of "Martin" playing Trey, who gets in a fight with Tommy over an ex-girlfriend.

In 2006, Bushwick Bill became a born-again Christian.[5]

In May 2010, Bushwick Bill was arrested in Georgia for possession of marijuana and cocaine. Based on his prior arrest record, he was facing deportation.[5]

As of June 2013, Bushwick is touring with the Geto Boys and finishing up a new album, which he hopes to release sometime during the summer.[6][dated info]


Album information
Little Big Man
  • Released: September 8, 1992
  • Billboard 200 chart position: No. 15
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: No. 32
  • Singles: "Ever So Clear"/"Call Me Crazy" (No. 49 R&B)
Phantom of the Rapra
  • Released: July 11, 1995
  • Billboard 200 chart position: No. 43
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: No. 3
  • Singles: "Who's the Biggest"/"Only God Knows" (No. 113 Pop, No. 88 R&B)
No Surrender…No Retreat
  • Released: October 27, 1998
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: No. 43
  • Singles:
Universal Small Souljah
  • Released: March 13, 2001
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Singles: "Unforgiven"
Gutta Mixx
  • Released: March 29, 2005
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Singles: "20Minutesormore"
My Testimony of Redemption
  • Released: March 25, 2010
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -


  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2002). "Geto Boys". The Great Rock Discography (7th edition ed.). Canongate. p. 599. ISBN 1-84195-615-5. 
  2. ^ Hip Online (January 6, 2008). "Bushwick Bill". Hip Online. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ IMDb
  4. ^ "Bushwick Bill Dedicates Album To Slain Prosecutor—Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. November 19, 1998. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Radford, Chad (August 30, 2010). "Bushwick Bill teeters on the brink of deportation | Music Feature | Creative Loafing Atlanta". Clatl.com. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chaos in Tejas Live (Finale): Bushwick Bill". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 

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