News that Bushwick Bill was battling pancreatic cancer certainly had the sobering effect of creating a standstill the moment it was announced. Despite ranking among the all-time greats of the "pre-expansion" era of Southern Rap, Bushwick's true identity often goes misrepresented by an insufficient nod of the head. Take the four-city tour they prepared then ultimately canceled due to Bushwick Bill's unavailability: Willie D and Scarface forsook those plans without a second thought, and never spoke of them again.
A farewell tour at less than full-strength: unimaginable. Bushwick's illness prompted "the boys" to re-examine their relationship with their 52-year old cohort, with respect to his basic need for dignity. This is the same group that scrapped a reunion album in 2015 when they couldn't generate the necessary funding to bring it up to a "Geto Boys" standard of excellence.
It doesn't matter that Bushwick's whole persona is wholly inspired dysfunction. Within the acceptable limits of a self-similarity complex, Bill reserves the right to human decency in light of his recent struggles. With those boundaries accounted for, I'm sure Bushwick would be more than accepting of his fan's wishes to explore the macabre side of his personality.
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The other Geto Boys seem demure in comparison. Willie D has always been the most brand-conscious of the lot. Scarface, while similarly-disposed, is consumed by his singular legacy, at least 50% of the time. Then you've got Big Mike to account for. He was added to the fold in 1993 at the onset of the Till Death Do Us Part project, only to be discarded once Willie D was done flirting with singledom. For the record, Big Mike is himself an important member of the Rap-A-Lot fold - it's just that, he never fit within the Geto Boys' peculiar mindset or their subsistence on low-brow sinfulness.
During this period, Bushwick Bill found himself, in some parts, exhibiting the zombie-like reflexes of an individual facing his or her own mortality. In 2014, Bushwick Bill spoke of these hysterics as he recounted the domestic dispute that left him without an eye. The ill-fated encounter also culminated in Bill's premature death. He would later auto-resuscitate while the coroner was in the process of issuing his post-mortem examination.
"I died June 19th, 1991," Bill explained on The Murder Master Music Show. "I was in the morgue for two hours and 45 minutes before I came to. My toe was tagged and they were pushing me in the drawer and I looked both ways and I saw frozen people to the left and frozen people to the right. I thought I was dreaming, then I saw people in front of me pushing the door closed and I was like, 'Yo!' And everybody stopped and I said, 'I have to pee' and I jumped up and pulled the catheter out and the security for the morgue stood there and I ended up peeing on his leg and he took off running [and said] 'He’s alive somebody help!' They ran back in there and shot me up with a big needle and I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed."
This indelible moment, as outlined in "Ever So Clear" (off Little Big Man), is what caused the mortification of his flesh. During the song's proceedings, Bill spares absolutely no detail in outing his domestic partner, his and her complicity in the violence, as well as a complete rundown of every substance that he ingested, and how they impaired his judgment.
"I said: you better grab the motherfucking gun or I'mma drop him
She snatched the baby out of my hands
We started fighting, punching, scratching, and biting
When we fell on the bed, check this shit
All kinds of crazy shit was going through my head
So I ran and got the gun and came back to her
Loaded it up and handed the gat to her
I grabbed her hand and placed the gun to my eye muscle
She screamed stop and then we broke into another tussle
Yo, during the fight the gun went off quick
Damn! Aw shit, I'm hit."
- Bushwick Bill on "Ever So Clear" (1992).
A year prior to releasing "Ever So Clear," Bushwick Bill's battered self-image appeared on the cover of We Can't Be Stopped. Standing at 3 feet 8 inches tall and sporting a pirated-eye, Bushwick could feel the gaze of a predominantly ableist crowd. Short of exposing society's voyeuristic tendencies in a pointed manner, Bill continued to ridicule himself to the point of undue hardship.
On "Skitso" off the same Little Big Man LP, Bushwick labels himself the "Geto Boy executioner." Then before the commencement of "Call Me Crazy" an impudent voice enters the trapdoor. The voice insinuates that Bill lacks the "girth" to occupy a booster seat all to himself. Without the infamous glare of his postmortem experience in 1991, the Ghetto Boys don't evolve into the "Geto Boys" we know and love - perhaps Scarface goes the way of solo gratification, and Bushwick Bill certainly doesn't gain the upper hand in making us all feel like insolent characters, does he now?
Green Bay Packers’ Hall Of Famer Bart Starr Passes Away At 85
The Ice Bowl Hero passes away to a hero's goodbye.
Green Bay Packers' legend Bart Starr has passed away at 85-years old after dealing with health issues in recent years. By 2014, Starr had suffered from two strokes, a heart attack, and numerous seizures, before his condition stabilized in 2015. It's at this point that Starr would parlay his signature resilience into a penchant for beating the odds, within the field of experimental therapy.
A stint under the watchful eye of a stem cell specialist proved advantageous for an aging Starr, who in his playing days, had earned a reputation for demonstrating incredible willpower in binding situations. He was no ordinary champion either, but an unprecedented 5-time NFL titlist during the Vince Lombardi era of the 60s.
"We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr," Starr's family immediate family expressed in a written statement. "He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome."
Bart Starr was noted for elevating his play in do or die situations. After losing out to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1960 Championship final, the Green Back Packer would never lose a playoff again, with Bart Starr at the QB position. Incidentally, the Packers also memorialized their most illustrious player, by issuing a statement in which they described him as the "epitome of class," in the football form.
Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer Melvin Edmonds Dead At 65 Years Old
Babyface’s elder sibling passes away at 65 following a short illness.
Melvin Edmonds has passed away following a brief yet undisclosed illness. The founder father of seminal R&B group After 7, Edmonds was a key figure in the local Indianapolis music scene and beyond. With Grammy nominations to his credit, Melvin released the ever-successful “Ready or Not” in 1989 with the help of his groupmates Keith Mitchell, and brother Kevon Edmonds. Younger sibling Kenneth Brian Edmonds aka “Babyface” was not directly implicated in the group’s creative endeavors.
Melvin’s own son Jason would later join the group as the all-important 4th member. It was he who regrettably was forced into the position of breaking the news (of his father’s passing) to social media. Melvin was 65 years old at the time of his passing. The circumstances of his death remain a private matter while the family processes their loss. Melvin suffered a stroke back in 2011, with no plausible connection to the illness he faced in the moments leading up to his death. He carries on with his life in private, in the last ten or so years.
“I’ve been receiving and reading everyone’s messages and texts about my Dad,” Melvin’s son Jason announced Facebook “I appreciate the kind words and I’ll have something to say in return. For now, I just need time to process.” Rest in power Melvin Edmonds, you will be sorely missed by the collaborators, fans, and family members he left behind.
Post Malone Sets Mental Health Boundaries With Fans: "Can Y’all Please Let Me Live?"
Post Malone @'s his fans in a plea for some TLC.
Post Malone is clearly at his wit's end. It's gotten to the point where he felt to set new boundaries with his fans social media. The message he posted was addressed specifically to his fans, as a plea for mental convalescence. "If y'all are actually my fans and friends and love me and want me to be mentally stable, can y'all please let me live?" he asked his Twitter audience 6 hours ago. "I'm trying my best here. That's all I can do."
The issue is actually kind of meta. Critics and fans alike have been quick to associate the morose tone of his music with an undiagnosed case of clinical depression. As our definition of "mental health" broadens with each passing day, the idea of tabletop psychology feels totally useless and even annoying. In all fairness, very few of us have a spotless record. I'm guilty of having pushed an unsolicited opinion on a friend, or whomever, under the presumption that it was an expert opinion.
With Post Malone resetting his boundaries vis-a-vis his fans, it seems there's little reason to overcomplicate his call for space, with another "expert opinion." If you count yourself as a Posty fan, give him the space he covets. Even if all you're really after is a new batch of songs, make it so. Let's hope Post Malone took some consolation in seeing his Dallas Cowboys win their playoff matchup yesterday. Wishing you all the best, Posty.
Britney Spears Checks Herself Into Mental Facility: Report
The singer is reportedly distraught over her father's health condition.
Britney Spears has checked herself into a mental health facility after news of her father's health condition, TMZ reports. The pop singer's father has been dealing with some serious health complications in recent times which sources said has caused her severe distress. Jamie Spears is reportedly not getting better. Sources said that she checked herself into the facility about a week ago and that she'll be there for 30 days.
Jamie Spears has undergone two surgeries due to series issues with his intestines and colon. He recently underwent the second surgery which has caused him to suffer serious complications. Britney's father's health issues began in late 2018 after his colon ruptured.
Jamie Spears' health issues have already caused her to put her business on hold. Earlier this year, she announced that she'd be putting her Las Vegas residency on pause in order to care for her father. She took to Instagram at the top of 2019 to reveal the residency wouldn't be moving forward.