He was His death was confirmed by his sister Ann-Marie White. No other details were provided. Last month, Bushwick Bill announced that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Bushwick Bill: The 3ft 8in giant of rap who once shot himself in the eye
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Still, sitting at his pedal steel guitar one night in February at the Continental Club Gallery, Johnson couldn't understand how Bushwick Bill, the enigmatic, effervescent Geto Boy, had just hijacked his gig. The Houston MC walked onstage midway through a set by the guitarist's band Sit Down Servant, took the microphone, and started rapping to an experimental gospel-blues beat. Bill had arrived in town to record an album, a live-band reinterpretation of his gospel LP My Testimony of Redemption. He'd shown up with the Geto Boys midway through their winter reunion tour and stayed after "some white dude with dreads" introduced him to T. Murphey, who then housed the beloved hip-hop icon on a couch in his South Austin apartment.
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The diminutive rapper, who was 52, was born with dwarfism and stood about 3ft 8in. He lost his right eye in during an altercation with his girlfriend. The single was named the fifth greatest hip-hop song of all time in a list by Rolling Stone. They were also credited with developing the macabre hip-hop style known as horrorcore, in songs focused on grim stories of murder, dismemberment, necrophilia and rape. Their explicit, coldblooded lyrics drew national attention in with the release of their major-label debut, The Geto Boys.
Back in , year-old Bushwick Bill , high on PCP and after drinking Everclear grain alcohol, shot himself in the eye with a gun during an argument with his girlfriend. That is one version of the story of how the rapper — a member of the influential group the Geto Boys — and who died of pancreatic cancer over the weekend, aged 52, lost his eye. Another version, from a Vice interview with him in , suggests it was his mother who shot him after Bill came up with a plan, while under the influence of drink and drugs, to make money from an insurance scam. The photograph shows the injured rapper being pushed along in a hospital stretcher by bandmates Scarface and Willie D, while Bill is posing with an enormous early '90s mobile telephone.