Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Geto Boy

Geto Boys’ Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill are getting ready to record their first album in more than a decade but first they’re going to need your help. The pioneering rap group has 18 more days to reach its goal of financing the LP via Kickstarter.

The trio already has a name picked out for the new album – Habeas Corpus. Now it just needs to raise $100,000. As of the time of this post, Geto Boys’ Kickstarter had raised $22,994 with the help of 185 backers.

“For the past 9 years, our fans have been pleading with us to drop one more album, and we’ve been having light and sometimes heavy talks about getting back in the studio. Well, we hear you; the wait is over!” Geto Boys writes on its Kickstarter page. “Like you, we see all the madness going on in the world from terrorism to the economic downturn, to the slew of police shootings, and brutality incidents. Our intent is not to fan the flames and divide, but to put out the fire, and unite.”

The group adds that fans shouldn’t worry because they’re “still not kissing no ass to be accepted” and like past releases, no topic will be off limit.

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Raising funds through Kickstarter made sense for Geto Boys because they’re not signed to a major label and this will allow them to make the kind of music they want without being censored. After all, “That’s what hip hop is all about.” The group points out that Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if the entire amount isn’t raised, the album won’t get made.

But if the campaign is successful, Geto Boys plans on booking studio time in Houston for August or September.

“As for production, we will be in full attack mode – leaving no stone unturned. We’re going to work with both seasoned and new producers to give you that Geto Boys uncut, raw feel that you love, while simultaneously developing a unique sound that takes our music to the next level. We will feature a couple of well-known skilled artists who we respect, but that’s about it. We owe it to our fans to make a Geto Boys album, not a compilation.”

In the meantime, the group is on the road playing the “Office Space” tour. The outing is named after the 1999 comedy starring Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston, which features the Geto Boys tune “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta” in a classic scene.

Here are the remaining dates on the tour:

June 26 – Oakland, Calif., The New Parish  
June 28 – Las Vegas, Nev., LVCS
June 29 – Albuquerque, Nev., Sister
July 1 – St. Louis, Mo., Mad Magician         
July 2 – Memphis, Tenn., Club Reign
July 3 – Columbus, Ohio, Xclusive Elite Entertainment Center      
July 4 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Roxy’s Live

Geto Boys’ publicist told Pollstar future tour plans are in the works. Geto Boys also have a 100-page art book coming out, which is authored by Willie D, curated by artist Lee Carrier and designed by Mario Jaramilo of the Robot Agency. “Pieces Of Insanity” will feature more than 40 artists, with paintings inspired by Geto Boys songs. Plus, a behind the scenes DVD will give fans a look at the making of Habeas Corpus – if the album is funded.

Visit Geto Boys’ Kickstarter page for more information.