losing it at the movies: something wild (jonathan demme, 1986)

bushwick bill

I have nothing original to say about Bushwick Bill, who died Sunday at the age of 52. But I shouldn't let his passing go unnoticed. I was never his intended audience, but on at least two occasions, he got my attention. The first was on Geto Boys' great "Mind Playing Tricks on Me", where Bushwick took the final verse, about Geto Boys out on Halloween. A man wants to take them on, and

So we triple-teamed on him
Dropping them motherfucking B's on him
The more I swung, the more blood flew
Then he disappeared and my boys disappeared too
Then I felt just like a fiend
It wasn't even close to Halloween
It was dark as fuck on the streets
My hands were all bloody, from punching on the concrete
God damn homey
My mind is playing tricks on me

Here's a lyric video where the lyrics are almost correct:

That song appeared on We Can't Be Stopped, with one of the most famous album covers in music history. Bill had been shot in the eye, and a picture was taken in the hospital:

Bill's great solo song was "Ever So Clear" (he had been drinking Everclear when he was shot). "It's fucked up I had to lose an eye to see shit clearly."