Bushwick Bill, founder of legendary rap group The Geto Boys, is battling stage 4 cancer of the pancreas. The 52-year-old told TMZ that he was diagnosed in February, after doctors found a mass on his pancreas that they initially believed was benign (non-cancerous).

Bill, real name Richard Stephen Shaw, is currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy, but it's too early to tell how he's responding to treatment. Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest of all cancers. It is usually terminal, with patients given less than a year to live.

Stage 4 cancer, also known as metastatic cancer, is a cancer that has spread from the part of the body where it originally started (the primary site) to other parts of the body.

The Jamaican-born rapper said his fellow Geto Boys founders Scarface and Willie D didn't know about his diagnosis but he no longer wanted to keep it a secret and he is "not afraid of dying".

He added that he is in the process of recording three albums to provide for his children if he passes away.

The Geto Boys are best known for their 1991 hit single "Mind Playing Tricks on Me". Their explicit lyrics covering controversial topics, such as necrophilia, influenced later acts including Eminem, Nas, and Biggie Smalls.

Bill, who was born with dwarfism and stands 3 feet 8 inches tall, joined the group in 1986 as a dancer under the stage name Little Billy.

During the summer of 1991, Bill lost an eye when he shot himself during an argument with his girlfriend.

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The graphic aftermath of the shooting was depicted on the cover of the Geto Boys album We Can't Be Stopped (1991), which shows Bill removing his eye bandage while being pushed through a hospital hallway on a gurney the night he was shot.

Bill explained his addiction to Everclear grain alcohol in his rap song "Ever So Clear". He also revealed his addiction to the street drug PCP, which he blamed for his temporary psychosis.
 

Photos by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images, Matt Cowan/Getty

  • deidre martin

    chile, this mf shot his own self in the eye? probably trying to intimidate his gf? Say no to drugs ya'll!

  • Vegas1989

    That's my jam.....My mind playing tricks on me. I wish him well.

  • Rayscoty

    This year Halloween fell on a weekend..

  • Yoni7

    Many blessings to him. I pray he makes a full recovery.

  • Yardgirl

    I wish you God Speed sir. Cancer sucks!!!!

  • ShelbyMoore

    Yet Big Pharma and insurance companies will continue to collect money, but will not come up with a cure for anything. These people need to be held accountable. Where has all of the cancer research money gone? Why is it in 2019 there's no cure for any of the most deadliest diseases....easy answer, MONEY OVER LIFE.

  • KLo

    so sad

  • ShelbyMoore

    This cancer is particularly deadly, with only 9 percent of patients, overall, surviving five years after their diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society. For patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the five-year survival rate is only 3 percent.

  • iWasteTime

    This year Halloween fell on a weekend
    Me and Geto boys are trick or treating

  • ShWa

    Sad to hear!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Poor guy.
    He probably had it rough as a kid. God Bless him.

  • Ni Ni

    Exactly. The pioneers worked in a rank lab back in the day with little to no money and came up with cures and causes of illness. Idk when was the last time we had a major medical breakthrough, yet we have all this advance technology and the "smartest" medical professionals.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Robbing little kids for bags

  • Yoni7

    I wish him blessings in and that his survival rate increases. #positiveoutlook

  • Seldomseen

    Dead heads and frog legs mmmm cake mix. I wish you comfort, you were a big part of my college years

  • xxxgracious

    Till an old man got behind our ass..

  • Liah

    ??????

  • Chicagowise

    "...he no longer wanted to keep it a secret and he is 'not afraid of dying'".

    Well... if he's not afraid to shoot himself in the eye....

  • Alextra Ballard

    I will be sending up prayers and a miracle for Bushwick. He is in a battle for his life with his type of cancer. It’s brutal,ruthless and fast. My sister in law died 9 months after her diagnosis.

  • Alextra Ballard

    *coughin* at that second sentence

  • SeehereSeehere

    Get well soon

  • Chicagowise

    It sounds like he's been flirting with death for a long time.

  • Just Me

    Wow! Drugs & alcohol come back to haunt you when you get older. ????

  • Renee26

    ? go back to bed!!

    He was high amd trippin then

  • Keyshia Ray

    This cancer is taking everyone out! Its in the food!

  • tintin

    lord forgive me for laughing.

  • tia

    Awww... my H-Town royalty. Get well sir and will surely be praying for you.

  • 9 Mind

    So we speeded up the pace

  • Renee Bee

    Man lissssten. Bill and Scarface back in the day. Great times.
    Praying for his easement of pain.

  • Topic Influencer

    God bless you Bill.

  • Topic Influencer

    *My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me is a huge HUGE classic. We just had an 8 hour road trip and it came on (my 24 yo daughter was the official trip DJ lol) and when I say EVERYONE on the car knew that song. From 14-70 yo we were on I-95 rapping along.

  • Ghost

    Stage 4 is NO JOKE.! Both of my parents were diagnosed with stage 4 cancers and died 3-4 months later! ???? For comfort and peace....

  • Chicagowise

    LMAO!

    Mikhail Baryshnikov said it best: "When you're young, you test your body. When you get older, your body will test YOU!

  • that_VA_thickchick

    That's so sad. I'm sorry for your loss.

  • LeGard JoJo

    Prayers for his strength and to his family. This is not good for him I wish him most comfort during this time.

  • Real Talk With Kizzy Rock

    Yes! !! It was not as common back in our grand parents days! Now it seems to be every other person. Scary!

  • Real Talk With Kizzy Rock

    O?kkk

  • ShelbyMoore

    There's money in making us sick and keeping us sick. If everyone was well, they'd be out of business. Look at what they're doing to our food supplies. People whose families never had cancer are now getting cancer because of the foods that we are eating. They're so sick and twisted.

  • jwoo250

    My uncle had this album growing up and I always wondered about the cover.

  • Chicagowise

    It's ok. I'll put in a good word for you.

  • Chicagowise

    It's ok. I'll put in a good word for you.

  • gellie

    Took a look back, and he was right before our face.

  • gellie

    Took a look back, and he was right before our face.

  • Sha

    I believe it is in our foods w/all the chemicals. A lot of us eat process food, we have to start making shit and stop buying process food. Also eat less meat especially hamburg.

  • Sha

    I believe it is in our foods w/all the chemicals. A lot of us eat process food, we have to start making shit and stop buying process food. Also eat less meat especially hamburg.

  • Sha

    True, we are what we put in our bodies.

  • Sha

    True, we are what we put in our bodies.

  • Sha

    I've been saying this for YEARS and I work in the healthcare field for 15 yrs. All I hear is research, research.

  • Sha

    I've been saying this for YEARS and I work in the healthcare field for 15 yrs. All I hear is research, research.

  • country57

    Uplifting prayers to you and your family. Sorry for your loss.

  • country57

    Uplifting prayers to you and your family. Sorry for your loss.

  • MoneyMillz

    Pull thru my BK brotha

  • MoneyMillz

    Pull thru my BK brotha

  • teather

    LOL! That's funny to me. You're young. I used to look at my Dad's Ohio Players albums and wonder why the women were naked. :) Album covers are to die for!

  • teather

    LOL! That's funny to me. You're young. I used to look at my Dad's Ohio Players albums and wonder why the women were naked. :) Album covers are to die for!

  • teather

    I'm sorry to hear that.

  • teather

    I'm sorry to hear that.

  • teather

    Praying for Bushwick!

  • teather

    Praying for Bushwick!

  • Topic Influencer

    Im so sorry man. Prayers

  • Reina1718

    Im sorry but i thought he died already ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Here goes them dam 50’s again

  • teather

    It's so jarring, right? I am shocked to see how many of our ppl are dying in their 50s or even prior to that! Crazy.

  • MsPam

    This is a bad week for black men or men in general ( Larry King) who like death all the time. ?

  • Scromes1212

    "Its f*cked up I had to lose an eye to see sh8t clearly"
    Always been a fan. Hope he gets better.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Prayers and blessings to him, I hate that ish

  • Zeta Aggie

    I hope he has his affairs in order. That’s the bad bad cancer. Spreads so quickly. Prayers to him and his family.

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