Houston's Geto Boys, consisting of producer James "Lil' J" Smith,
dj Reddy Red, and rappers Dennis "Willie D" Houston,
Jamaica-born Bushwick Bill
and Brad "Scarface" Jordan,
were one of the first rappers from the south to become known nation-wide.
They subscribed to the gangsta-rap aesthetics with passion and conviction.
After the tentative Makin' Trouble (1988), the Geto Boys emerged with
Grip It (1989) and especially
Geto Boys, the album overflowing with the bitter sociodramas of
Mind of a Lunatic, Gangsta of Love and
City Under Siege. The sound was pumped up, bordering on the intensity
We Can't Be Stopped (1991) was a calmer effort, with
Mind Playing Tricks On Me even climbing the charts.
But the group never again found that form on the subsequent albums:
Till Death Do Us Part (1993),
The Resurrection (1996), Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly (1998).
In the meantime, Scarface had started a solo career that led to
Is Back (1991),
The World Is Yours (1993),
The Diary (1994), Untouchable (1997),
the double-disc My Homies (1998),
Last of a Dying Breed (2000),
The Fix (2002), his narrative peak,
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