The Geto Boys initially formed in the mid-1980s, but they were a different group at that time. It wasn’t until 1989’s Grip It! On That Other Level was released that the Geto Boys as they’re known today—Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill—formed into a cohesive whole. Perhaps most startling about the group's success is that while they pursued solo careers—Scarface most successfully (for a while, Willie D left to pursue other ventures and was replaced for one album by Big Mike)—the core group’s records touched three decades in a time when most crews couldn’t make it through one. While one hesitates to conflate musical and personal relationships, the way that the three rappers meshed on-record definitely makes it tempting to argue that part of the reason why they lasted so long was because each one brought something unique to the table in some kind of cosmic balance.