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BUSHWICK BILL DEAD AT 52

Photo: Rolling Stone.

Bushwick Bill has died of cancer last Sunday, 9 June 2019, at the age of 52.

The rapper born Richard Stephen Shaw was rap’s Master of Horror. He brought the gore and thrills of slasher movies to his music, and understood their power. As a member of Houston rap group the Geto Boys he was also pivotal in shedding light on the horrors plaguing black communities as side effects of real violence: paranoia, depression, anxiety, fear. His music was a balancing act between these two poles, and he harnessed both the rousing and chilling effects of terror with panache.

The video here, check out Bushwick Bill did his part on the second verse in “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta”, one of Geto Boys’ biggest hits.

Rest in power, Little Billy!

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Text via Rolling Stone and Pitchfork.

REST IN POWER, PETE SHELLEY

Photo: Best Classic Bands.

Rest in peace, Pete Shelley.

The singer, guitarist, and main songwriter of Buzzcocks passed away—he’s 63—last week on Dec 6 n Estonia where he was living.

“Pete Shelley is one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks,” the band said on Thursday evening.

I was introduced to Buzzcocks via “Orgasm Addict” and played it a lot (together with “What Do I Get”, “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldnt’ve)”, and “Fiction Romance”) in my radio show in the late 90s.

In Indonesia they weren’t as popular in the punk rock scene as the Sex Pistols back then. The main reason, I think, was more because their albums weren’t available here.

The song/video, “Everybody Happy Nowadays”, is from Buzzcocks’ own compilation album, Singles Going Steady. Released in 1979, this was their introduction for the American public.