How 21 Rappers Responded To Near-Death Experiences

Bushwick Bill

Date: May 1991

What Happened? Richard Shaw aka Bushwick Bill was depressed and drunk when he went to his then-girlfriend's house and asked her to shoot him. When she refused, Bill reportedly threatened to hurt their child and they struggled over the gun. The gun went off, a bullet took out his right eye and got stuck inside his head.

How He Responded: The Geto Boys used a photo of Bill on a hospital stretcher for the cover of their album, We Can't Be Stopped. It might have been in poor taste to have a photo of man with a gunshot wound as an album cover, but it was certainly a powerful image. The stoic, stone-cold expression on Scarface's face said just about everything you needed to know about this group.

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