Geto Boys – ‘Til Death Do Us Part (Rap-A-Lot)
Highlights: “G.E.T.O.,” “Street Life,” “Six Feet Deep,” “Cereal Killer”
I know, I know. Geto Boys? Underrated!? Bullshit! They were pioneers of Texas hip-hop, let alone rap music as a whole. Grip It! On That Other Level is a cult classic, if not a widely accepted standard of hip-hop excellence, and We Can’t Be Stopped catapulted the group to their peak with a controversial album cover and a hit single. But by ’93, Willie D had parted ways with the group, Scarface was gearing up for his second solo album, and the Geto Boys seemed prime for disintegration.
The intro to ‘Til Death Do Us Part proves otherwise. Later immortalized by UGK’s “Wood Wheel,” the opening beat features a monologue by Lil’ J that sets the mood for the group’s first ever No. 1 album on the hip-hop/R&B charts. “Six Feet Deep,” flipping the perennial piano from “Easy,” was the second Geto Boys single to crack the top 40 in the Billboard Hot 100. Within two months, the album was certified gold by the RIAA.
The truth is that young'ns these days only know the Geto Boys because of 1) “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta” appearing in the movie Office Space (not an altogether bad source of discovery, but still) and 2) “My Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me”, if you’re lucky. Their earlier stuff gets all the praise, but ‘Til Death Do Us Part was one of their crowning achievements.
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