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Bushwick Bill performing in 2005
|Birth name||Richard Stephen Shaw|
|Also known as||
December 8, 1966|
|Genres||Hip hop, Southern hip hop|
|Height||3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)|
Richard Stephen Shaw (born December 8, 1966) is a Jamaican-American rapper better known by his stage name Bushwick Bill. He is best known as a member of the pioneering Texas hip hop group Geto Boys, a group he originally joined as a dancer in 1986 as Little Billy. He went on to become one third of the best-known incarnation of the group, alongside Willie D and Scarface.
Bushwick Bill can 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. 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.
In the summer of 1991, Bushwick Bill shot himself in the eye during an argument with his girlfriend, losing an eye; he refers to this incident and his intoxication on Everclear grain alcohol in his rap "Ever So Clear". He was also high on PCP. The aftermath of this incident is depicted on the album cover of We Can't Be Stopped, which shows Bill being pushed through the hospital on a gurney the night he was shot. He pulls down the medical patch from his eye to show the wound.
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. His mother Deloris Shaw died April 16, 2015. His father Rollin Shaw is still alive living in Houston. He has two sons, one of whom is adopted, and two daughters.
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