Geto Boys' The Geto Boys by Rolf PottsGeto Boys' The Geto Boys by Rolf Potts

Geto Boys' The Geto Boys

byRolf Potts

Paperback | May 19, 2016

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At the outset of summer in 1990, a Houston gangsta rap group called the Geto Boys was poised to debut its self-titled third album under the guidance of hip-hop guru Rick Rubin. What might have been a low-profile remix release from a little-known corner of the rap universe began to make headlines when the album's distributor refused to work with the group, citing its violent and depraved lyrics. When The Geto Boys was finally released, chain stores refused to stock it, concert promoters canceled the group's performances, and veteran rock critic Robert Christgau declared the group "sick motherfuckers." One quarter of a century later the album is considered a hardcore classic, having left an immutable influence on gangsta rap, horrorcore, and the rise of Southern hip-hop. Charting the rise of the Geto Boys from the earliest days of Houston's rap scene, Rolf Potts documents a moment in music history when hip-hop was beginning to replace rock as the transgressive sound of American youth. In creating an album that was both sonically innovative and unprecedentedly vulgar, the Geto Boys were accomplishing something that went beyond music. To paraphrase a sentiment from Don DeLillo, this group of young men from Houston's Fifth Ward ghetto had figured out the "language of being noticed" - which is, in the end, the only language America understands.
Rolf Potts has traveled around the world, from Fifth Ward to the Falkland Islands, reporting for the likes of Slate, the New Yorker, and SI.com.
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Title:Geto Boys' The Geto BoysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.5 × 4.75 × 0.35 inPublished:May 19, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1628929464

ISBN - 13:9781628929461

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Fuck 'Em 2. Size Ain't Shit 3. Do It Like a G.O. 4. Scarface 5. Let a Ho Be a Ho 6. Life in the Fast Lane 7. Mind of a Lunatic 8. Gangster of Love 9. Trigga Happy Nigga 10. City Under Siege 11. Assassins 12. Talkin' Loud Ain't Saying Nothin' 13. Read These Nikes

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The Geto Boys is a welcome addition to the 33 1/3 canon, as it brings some much-needed diversity on several levels.Potts delivers a strong history lesson that is well-researched and gives the Geto Boys their due as hip-hop pioneers.