Bushwick Bill’s son explains why the Geto Boys tour was really cancelled
The Geto Boys were to have gone on a tour at the end of May called “The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell,” but it got canceled the day before it was supposed to start. TMZ reported at the time that sources close to Bushwick Bill, who had recently announced he’d be diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, felt exploited for his cancer diagnosis, and that the tour’s name made it sound “like he was on his deathbed.” In fact, sadly, he died just a few weeks later.
As Hot New Hip Hop points out, Bushwick Bill’s son, Javon Boutte, recently went on hip hop podcast Murder Master Music Show, claiming his father backed out of the tour because the other members of the Geto Boys wanted to get paid and Bill wanted proceeds to go to his cancer treatment. (The tour’s poster did say “a portion of the proceeds go to Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.”) “The reasons my dad didn’t want to go on tour for first because of the name and second because of the pay,” Javon stated. “They were trying to capitalize off his sickness and make money. The reason my dad wanted to go on tour was to do an ‘F Cancer Tour’ to help him with his cancer treatments because it was so serious. My dad is a hard-working man. He don’t want donations he would rather go out on the road to earn money for his treatments. The other band members didn’t want to do a free show to raise money to help him they wanted to make money when literally he is the one dying!”
Bouvette also talked about a recent VladTV interview with Geto Boys’ Willie D which he says gave a false impression of his father. “I saw those clips and I seen my dad give the last money out of his pocket to strangers. I watched him do so many selfless acts. I went with my dad on the road to everywhere, we went to every hood in every state. He is a loving person,’ said Jason, who also claimed Willie D was just looking for attention. “With the solo albums from the Geto Boys everybody went platinum or gold except for Willie D. He never ever got plaques by himself, he never had his own identity. The only time he got plaques was with the Geto Boys. My dad, Scarface, Big Mike all went gold or platinum.”
You can listen to that interview below.
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