Geto Boys – The Foundation

The Geto Boys released their seventh studio album “The Foundation” on January 25, 2005.  The album was produced by Mike Dean, Tone Capone, Scarface, Cory Mo and Mr. Mixx and was released on Rap-A-Lot Records.  This is the second reunification of the group with Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill all contributing verses and Z-Ro being the only guest appearance on the album.

The first single off this incredible album was “G-Code” and for a lot of people (like me) everyone thought it was a Scarface solo track. The track was labeled as a Geto Boys track so we knew we were going to get a whole album from the group.  The beat is so crisp and smooth, only a producer like Scarface would make a beat so dope for himself to rap over it.  The track is self explanatory, with the “G-Code” being that code that tells you not to snitch on your homies and at the same time say “f*ck the police”.  He explains when he intelligently yet vulgarly spits,

I’m knowing all the scams, all the tricks to the trade
Know a nigga trying to get clean, and you get in the way
Know a nigga tryin to get green, and you stick out the bait
Cause a nigga like a dopefiend, can’t rehabilitate
Still stickin to the G Code, we playing by the rules
We don’t fuck around with new niggas, cause new niggas is fools
We don’t photograph the homies, that’ll catch a nigga up
On a picture you a victim, bottom line nigga fucked

The B-side of that single has “When It Gets Gangsta” that has Z-Ro on the hook and Willie D spitting some realness on the track when he raps,

Niggas always tell me how real I sound when I flow
That’s cause the shit I talk about, I done done it befo’
Other rappers mouth off, that’s just protection talk
I done robbed, sold dope, squeezed and left ’em in chalk
Yeah, them hard styles ain’t about nuttin cocksucker
Lookin mean ain’t never killed a motherfucker
So what you been to the pen and they call you a killer
I still draw this Desert E and spit at you nigga

The other track on that “G-Code” B-side is “The Secret” where all 3 MC’s join in for a truly dope Geto Boys track.  We sometimes forget how dope Bill is, so he reminds us how dope he is when he spits bars like these:

They say the ends, justifies the means
So I guess a drug dealer justifies the fiends
Poverty and unemployment justifies the screams
The reason he stacks his paper, just to buy it clean
2006 with shoes the size of me
But in the end, he wasn’t really what he tried to be
I’d never let no war justify me
I question how hard some of these cats really be
‘Cause real niggas don’t speak, our actions talk more
Don’t make me flip and turn these streets into a chalk board

The one track that had us saying “Whassup – whassup, whassup, whassup?” was the track “Yes, Yes, Y’all” where the beat and the lyrics from all 3 bang from beginning to end.  The piano riff is iller than ill and all 3 MC’s take it back to the days of “Grip it!“. The track is one of those tracks that will make you press the rewind button over and over again until you press the repeat button.

[Scarface]
Give it up for the invincible, it’s H-Town’s finest
The GB, the general, the street shit, the timers
The motherfuckin criminals, see we keep it grimy
You niggas chemicals, the weed got you blinded
I’m the original, the author of this G-shit
You niggas pitiful, cause y’all be on some weak shit
Me I’m a nigga from the gutter motherfucker
If rap wasn’t payin I’d hit the street cause I’m a hustler

[Willie D]
It’s Willie D y’all, it’s been a minute y’all
I’m still in it y’all, fuck the critics y’all
Ho niggas make me hotter than tabasco
Play with my money I’mma kick you in your asshole
I see the videos, I read the magazines
Don’t watch award shows, too many faggot scenes
I’m a machine, got a pistol in my loose fist
I’ll leave you twisted on the ground in your boots bitch

[Bushwick Bill]
Well this is Chuck Dawg (will you ever love another bitch?)
Fuck nah! (What’s your position on a snitch homey?)
Fuck laws! (They say the Beatles was the biggest)
Nigga fuck Paul, and the rest of y’all!
I’m the little motherfucker with the big dick swangin
Nuts still hangin, got hoes singin the blues
Geto Boys in this bitch still bangin
And ain’t shit changin (uh-uh) ain’t shit changin
Don’t like faggots, hate politicians
Can’t stand snitches, know the Feds listen
So I, send the whole world a fuck you note
Schumaker’s got a desk job, fuck you ho! (Aww nah!)

The Geto Boys have matured and they know that not all songs are “f*ck this” and “f*ck that”.  On “I Tried” all 3 MC’s pen a letter to their families to apologize for the trouble they put them through.  Scarface apologizes to his wife, Willie D to his mom and Bill to his children.  The track is an eye opener and will having you seeing the Geto Boys in a different light.  Truly a great track!

[Scarface]
She don’t wanna be with me no mo’
Ain’t her fault she just tired of this dumb shit that she don’t know
Whether to throw in the towel or if he gon’ grow
And if he do, where is he gon’ go?
Got a letter from an old friend, I read it and cried
When he told me that his girl just died
Right out of the blue, breast cancer, wasn’t nothin to do
Now I’m sittin here and thinkin of you
Tryin to come to amends, cause really I done wanted you in
You the only one I trust as a friend
I know I’m on my last leg limpin with this bullshit written
But I still gotta bring it to light
Spent half of a lifetime missin cause I would not listen
Confused about my wrong and my rights
They tellin me that time heals wounds though
This wound gon’ need some stitches; I got testimony for niggas
You doin what you do but when the shoe gets flipped
Standin on the other foot got your boots and shit
When you back up and analyze, fix shit and finalize
Before you leave the shit alone just try
Maybe there’s somethin you can do to rectify what’s did
And plus you gotta think of the kids
That’s kinda just the way life is, you either gotta live or you die
At least that I can say that I tried

[Hook: Scarface]
Cause I tried, I tried to do the best I could
Sometimes I guess my best ain’t good… enough
Cause when it’s over, said shit done
You sittin by yourself mixed up
But I tried, I tried to do the best I could
Sometimes I guess my best ain’t good… enough
Cause when it’s over, said shit done
You sittin by yourself mixed up, but I tried

[Willie D]
Faster than a crackhead, can pawn yo’ shit
Willie D’ll put a foot in you bitch
I sold dope, robbed folks, had to make ends meet
Since 5th grade, I been up in these streets, tryin to get it
Raised by a single mother, two sisters two brothers
I used to think she didn’t love us
Cause she beat us so much, plus she came home drunk
But every now and then she’d knock on wood, and say
I tried to do the best that I could – and I believe her
Cause she was treated evil out the box
You can’t get what you ain’t got
Momma I was young, hittin licks, started helpin you out
‘Bout the closest that you came to a man of the house
I was talkin back, walkin through the do’ gettin smacked
You used to brag to your friends on how well I rapped
We never really got along but when you took sick
I was at your side ’til you died
I wasn’t the best son but I tried

[Hook]

[Bushwick Bill]
I’ve always been crook, never given up
But the past few years has been really rough
Felt like givin’ up a couple of times
Take a jump or plant a slug deep, up in my mind
Fuck it I’m dyin’, done wit strugglin’ for mine
Sleepin’ on fans’ floors, ain’t no use to be lying
Change my name for anonymity’s sake
But a four feet dwarf that be on television’s hard to miss
I get pissed over little shit, little shit drive me crazy
Then I start thinkin ’bout my babies
I can’t go to jail, I can’t die
Who better to teach ’em ’bout this cruel world than I?
Their mommas won’t let me see ’em, I still pay my support
Cause once you give life, life is bigger than yours
Maybe I’m not all you expect me to be
But when it’s done and said ultimately, daddy tried

[Hook]

The album is a banger and not to be slept on.  It is the last Geto Boys album not including their “Best of the Geto Boys” that dropped 3 years later.  With other tracks like “Declaration of War” and “Leanin’ On You” round up this dope album.  It is not to be missed!

-Al E.

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