Last week the Ack brought to my attention the fact that the good ole US of A is currently trying to deport the little big man of the Geto Boys, Bushwick Bill. Now granted, I don’t know exactly what transgressions Bill has committed, the article makes it sound like they are drug-related, but it seems like he was harming himself more than anyone else. Plus, he had gotten himself cleaned up in recent years, going as far as to get involved with Christian rap (Now there is a deport-able offense, hey now! I keed, I keed….but not really).
Honestly though, what’s the deal with this, USA? I thought you loved to root for the underdog down there? It would be hard to think of a bigger underdog than Bushwick Bill, a Jamaican-born dwarf/little person (yikes, what is the proper term these days) who was raised in Brooklyn but then went to Houston and made a name for himself as a member of the Geto Boys, the original Southern gangsta rap group. As if that weren’t enough of a challenge, he also lost an eye in a drunken domestic incident with a former girlfriend. The US did the right thing by Slick Rick, and let him stay, so why not root for the little guy, literally, and let Bill stay and get himself together in the country he’s spent most of his life?
Or don’t. I’m simply a man with a semi-popular Canadian indie music blog writing a non-sensical defence of a rappin’ dwarf, so it goes without saying that this post won’t make an iota of a difference in what happens to Bill. But we can still listen to some Bushwick Bill-related songs now can’t we. It’s October, so writing a post that mentions the Geto Boys and not posting My Mind’s Playin’ Tricks On Me would be ridiculous. For good measure (ahem) we’ll add to that Bill’s Geto Boy little big man anthem Size Ain’t Shit. We’ll also go with a couple solo Bill songs, the horror-core inspired Chuckwick, and perhaps Bill’s most well known solo song, Ever So Clear, which details thge incident which took his eye. Enjoy.
VIDEO:: Geto Boys – My Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me
VIDEO:: Bushwick Bill – Ever So Clear