Geto Boys at the Summit Music Hall, 6/14/13
GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 6/14/13
Stepping on stage with an eager swagger, lead by Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy," Scarface was the first of the Geto Boys to greet the crowd. The rapper, who visited Denver on his own last fall, announced that all three member of the outfit were in the building as advertised, igniting the crowd. Scarface pumped up the crowd with two songs before the crowd essentially demanded that Willie D and Bushwick Bill join him. Scarface has always been a popular member of the Houston-based act, but the crowd was clearly just as hyped to see his cohorts, Willie D, even chanting his name, and Bushwick Bill.
- Ask Willie D: My boyfriend was offended when I asked for an STD test. What now?
- Ask Willie D: Help! I'm in love with a stripper: What do I do?
- Ask Willie D: Not attracted to my husband. What should I do?
When the two rappers appeared on stage, the trio performed "Die Motherfucker," and followed that up with an entertaining version of "Gangster of Love," with Scarface accompanying the DJ on guitar, rocking along with the Steve Miller Band "Joker" sample before Willie D stopped the track and addressed the crowd.
"Scarface is the only one who plays an instrument in the group, so you know he has got to show off," noted Willie D. "He always wants to turn the show into his show, but let me tell you, the Geto Boys are not a rock group or a country group, we are a hardcore rap group," he clarified. "You do it by yourself then," Willie D said, passing off the show to Scarface, who then played an acoustic version to Pink Floyd's "Wish you were here." Face wasn't too sharp at hitting the right notes for the vocals, but the crowd's chimed in and their enthusiasm more than made up for any missteps.
Over the course of its set, the group showed why it is one of the greatest rap groups to ever grace the mic, and this night, the Geto Boys were as crisp and bodacious as ever. Willie D maintained his gritty, street attitude, while Bushwick, who was apparently sick with the flu, showed no signs of fatigue, spitting his lyrics and verses with an energy that engaged the crowd.
The outfit took a brief moment to pay tribute to the recent passage of certain local legislation. "Thank you, Colorado, for making it legal," said Scarface. "Thank you," he repeated and then lead the crowd in a chant of "Say fuck yeah. Say shit yeah."
Antonio Valenzuela Bushwick Bill
Willie D, meanwhile, continued to own the night, clearly playing to the crowd. After performing hits like "The Last of a Dying Breed," "When it Gets Gangsta," and "The World is a Ghetto," Willie riled the crowd. "We have to stop to pay respect to the most important word in the dictionary," he proclaimed. "Wait," he clarified, "the most important word in history. You know what the most important word ever is?... Pussy!"
The group showed a genuine appreciation for fans. Willie D stepped to the front of the barrier to slap hands with fans during "My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me," and each member took turns signing autographs and snapping pictures with fans. The group capped the night by praising Peyton Manning ("He might be the greatest," said Scarface, before adding, "Let me stop. Don't get me talking about football") and then ending with "We love you, Denver," exiting with the trademark Tony Montana album intro, "All I have in this world is my balls and my word."