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The Geto Boys

  • The Geto Boys [Def American, 1990] B-
  • We Can't Be Stopped [Rap-a-Lot, 1992] Choice Cuts
  • Till Death Do Us Part [Rap-a-Lot, 1993] Dud
  • The Resurrection [Rap-a-Lot, 1996] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

The Geto Boys [Def American, 1990]
I accept the slasher-movie defense in re the racism (and antirockism) of all attempts to stop these putative tough guys from bum-rushing the marketplace. But aesthetically the analogy is null, because slasher movies suck--exploiting and exacerbating rather than "revealing" or "catharsizing," they're a social pathology, period. So whether the Boys are expressing their inner natures or one-upping N.W.A. and 2 Live Crew, they're sick motherfuckers. Women get offed before or during sex in three different songs, one of which runs a chorus of "Geto Boys, Geto Boys" in back lest the misguided distance it too far from its perps, and if the merely brutal "Gangster of Love" isn't about their own experiences, they don't want anybody to know it. I'm impressed by their pungent beats and vernacular. I'm glad they put Reagan in bed with Noriega. I'm sorta touched when one of them thinks to thank the first girl to lick his asshole. I admire their enunciation on "F#@* 'Em." But fuck 'em. B-

We Can't Be Stopped [Rap-a-Lot, 1992]
"Mind Playing Tricks on Me" Choice Cuts

Till Death Do Us Part [Rap-a-Lot, 1993] Dud

The Resurrection [Rap-a-Lot, 1996]
"The World Is a Ghetto" Choice Cuts