If you know Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa, then you know Houston’s Geto Boys.
Originators of the soulful Dirty South sound, the trio’s influence on
hip-hop spans generations, with samples of the group’s classic records
popping up on tracks by some of today’s most popular rappers. But if
your only exposure to Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D is
secondhand, then you’re barely scratching the surface of the Geto Boys’
bizarre legacy. After all, this is a group that rose to infamy in the
early ’90s by plastering an album cover with a photo that showed
Bushwick Bill—its Jamaica-born, dwarf-sized frontman—posing on a
hospital gurney only hours after an argument with his girlfriend left
him minus a right eye. While such shock tactics were a significant part
of the Boys’ appeal, there was much more going on beneath the gory
surface: Legendary singles like “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” are prime
examples of the threesome’s grim storytelling, still captivating after
all these years.
GO: Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., 233-7100. 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 9. $25 advance, $30 day of show. 21+.