Bushwick Bill

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Bushwick Bill
Bushwick Bill pic.jpg
Bushwick Bill performing in 2005
Background information
Birth nameRichard Stephen Shaw
Also known as
  • Bushwick Bill
  • Little Billy
Born (1966-12-08) December 8, 1966 (age 51)
GenresHip hop, Southern hip hop
Years active1988-present
Associated acts
Height3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
  • Rollin Shaw (father)
  • Deloris Shaw (d. 2015) (mother)

Richard Stephen Shaw (born December 8, 1966) is a Jamaican-American rapper better known by his stage name Bushwick Bill.[1][2] 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.[3]

In June 2013, Bushwick toured with the Geto Boys and was finishing an album, which was projected to be released later that year.[4][needs update]

Personal life[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

In 2006, Bushwick Bill became a born-again Christian.[7]

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.[7] 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.[citation needed]

Bushwick Bill has dwarfism; he is listed as 3 feet 8 inches tall.[8]


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: #66


  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2002). "Geto Boys". The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Canongate. p. 599. ISBN 1-84195-615-5.
  2. ^ Hip Online (January 6, 2008). "Bushwick Bill". Hip Online. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Bushwick Bill Dedicates Album To Slain Prosecutor—Music, Celebrity, Artist News". Mtv.com. November 19, 1998. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Chaos in Tejas Live (Finale): Bushwick Bill". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  5. ^ Wyman, Bill. "An Eye for a Truth: Bushwick Bill in extremis/Turn Down That Damn Music!". Chicagoreader.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "A History of Rappers Getting Shot and Surviving". Complex.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Bill Bushwick Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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