Willie D Of The Geto Boys Blasts Grammys After Hip-Hop 50 Tribute Rant

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Willie D goes off on The Grammys for celebrating “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” and not including him for the massive telecast celebrating 50 years of Hip-Hop.

Willie D shared a video to his Instagram account on Sunday night (February 5) as the Grammys were wrapping up, blasting the Recording Academy for only including Scarface. The video has been shared across the internet since it was initially posted.

Face, who also works with his Houston comrade on a podcast, went on to perform the seminal group’s biggest hit “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” The 1991 was a smash for the group, which at that time comprised of Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D. Bushwick Bill passed away in June 2019 due to cancer.

“A reminder to the Grammys and all the rest of y’all out there trying to hustle the Geto Boys brand by only including Scarface, who had a stellar solo career,” D said. “How in the hell are you gonna have a 50-year tribute to Hip Hop and not include Geto Boys the group?”

“If you forgot, the group includes Scarface and Willie D,” he explained. “How you gonna use a performance that includes a song that I co-wrote but not even have the decency, the respect to reach out to me and ask me if I wanted to participate? Y’all are some clowns for that. All the way out of pocket. Whoever made the call, y’all some clowns… No more talk.”

Bushwick Bill was also one of the original members, but he passed away in June 2019 due to cancer.

He added in the caption, “Disrespectful Mofos! No mo’ talk!”

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Willie D is not the only artist to chide the Recording Academy, which has fought steadfastly to be more inclusive. The 50th Celebration was curated by QuestLove of The Roots. He has recently addressed some of the speculation and controversy, noting that he had roughly 14 minutes to celebrate 50 years of Hip-Hop.

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A number of artists felt they should have been in the historic celebration and some fans felt it could have been more inclusive of the West Coast Hip-Hop. Overall, however, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive for the star-studded show.

The parties included Big Boi of OutKast, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, Queen Latifah, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, The Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Rahiem, Rakim, RUN-DMC, Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beatz and Too $hort.

LL Cool J suggested in the live ceremony that the ground-breaking performance was merely a first step.