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Houston Hip Hop legend Bushwick Bill died on Sunday evening after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Bill passed away in Colorado at the age of 52 according to his publicist.

Last month Bill announced that he was receiving intensive chemotherapy and was planning to get back on the road to start touring. Those plans fell apart after concert promoters decided to name the tour “The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell.” Bill felt like he was being exploited and wanted to go out on his own tour called “Phuck Cancer” where he would donate a portion of proceeds to individuals fighting pancreatic cancer in each city.

Bill, Scarface, and Willie D. made up the Geto boys and formed back in 1988 as a part of J. Prince’s Rap-A-Lot Records. The group stormed onto the scene with their controversial album “Can’t Be Stopped” in 1991 with the hit single “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”

Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D became the Geto Boys in Houston back in 1988 and signed with J. Prince’s Rap-A-Lot Records. The group was instantly controversial for its graphic lyrics which made radio airplay almost impossible. Their 1991 album “Can’t Be Stopped” still went platinum, though, on the strength of classics like, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me.”

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