Bushwick Bill

Jamaican rapper (1966–2019)

Richard Shaw (December 8, 1966June 9, 2019), known by his stage name, Bushwick Bill, was an American rapper of Jamaican descent. He was best known as being a member of the rap group, Geto Boys. Bushwick Bill has dwarfism.

Bushwick Bill
Bushwick Bill
Bushwick Bill
Background information
Birth nameRichard Shaw
Born(1966-12-08)December 8, 1966
Kingston, Jamaica
DiedJune 9, 2019(2019-06-09) (aged 52)
Denver, Colorado, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1988–2019
WebsiteOfficial Myspace

He lost his eye when he was depressed, drunk and suicidal, and went to his girlfriend's house and asked her to shoot him. She refused, and he threatened to hurt their baby. After a struggle, the gun went off and the bullet pierced his eye which left the bullet stuck inside his head. Bill survived the accident.[1] The album cover for Geto Boy's 1991 album, We Can't Be Stopped is a picture of Bill in the hospital after his accident.[2]

On May 1, 2019, he revealed that in February of that year he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.[3] He died a month later on June 9, 2019 at a Denver, Colorado hospital from the disease, aged 52.[4]





Bushwick Bill has released 6 studio albums:

Year Album
1992 Little Big Man
1995 Phantom of the Rapra
1998 No Surrender…No Retreat
2001 Universal Small Souljah
2005 Gutta Mixx
2010 My Testimony of Redemption


  1. "Twisted Tales: Bushwick Bill Asks for and Receives a Bullet in the Ey…". archive.is. 12 September 2012. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012.
  2. "Full Clip: Scarface (Pg. 2)". Vibe. 6 August 2010.
  3. "Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill Reveals Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis". Pitchfork. May 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. Aswad, Jem (June 9, 2019). "Geto Boys Rapper Bushwick Bill Dies at 52". Variety. Retrieved June 10, 2019.