Bushwick Bill - Biography

Last Modified: Oct 18, 2022

Bushwick Bill
Nick Name: Little Billy
Profession: Rapper, Dancer
Best Known For: Geto Boys (music group)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $1.5 million

Personal Details

Born on : December 8, 1966
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Richard Stephen Shaw
Birth Place: Kingston, Jamaica
Horoscope: Sagittarius
Father's Name: Rollin Shaw
Mother's Name: Deloris Shaw
Siblings: N/A
Ethnicity: African-American
Nationality: American, Jamaican


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single
Children: 4

Delmera Angelle (daughter)
Aly (daughter)
Javon Boutte (son)

Died on: Jun 9, 2019 (aged 52)
Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer

Body Measurements

Height: 1.12 meter (3 feet 8 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Bushwick Bill?

Bushwick Bill, who was born Richard Stephen Shaw, was a rapper by profession and Jamaican American by nationality. He joined the rap group Geto Boys in 1986 as Little Billy.

Bushwick Bill – Bio, Age, Parents, Siblings

Bushwick Bill’s birth took place on December 8, 1966, in Kingston, Jamaica. He was born Richard Stephen Shaw with dwarfism. His father Rollin Shaw was a merchant marine and his mother Deloris Shaw was a maid.

Other details of his life including childhood, parents, and siblings are not known.

young Bushwick Bill (Instagram)

Education, Ethnicity

The educational history of Bushwick Bill is not known. His ethnicity is African-American.

Bushwick Bill – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Bushwick Bill had been in a relationship with several women and had dated them. However, he has not been much publicity about his girlfriends and loved his privacy. He never married and was sans wife. And as he never married, the divorce of out of context.

Back on October 10, 1991, he shot himself in the eye during an argument with his girlfriend. He was under the influence of alcohol and PCP. Bill survived but lost his right eye.

Although he did not marry, he is the father of four children. His son is named Javon Boutte, his two daughters are named Delmera Angelle, Aly while the name of his youngest daughter is not known.

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Bushwick Bill with his daughters in 2019 (Instagram)

Bushwick Bill – Career

Early Days

Bill began his professional career in 1986. He had joined the Geto Boys as a dancer by name of Little Billy. After transiting to rapping, he was featured in Geto Boys' debut album, Making Trouble, which was released in 1988.

But the album received bad reviews. So the label Rap-A-Lot dropped a lot of members of the group except for Bushwick Bill and DJ Ready Red. Soon J. Prince, the CEO of the label recruited Scarface and Willie Dee.


The group released the album Grip It! On That Other Level in 1989 which was better received. Their third album We Can't Be Stopped had the graphic image of Bushwick Bill moments after he shot himself during an argument with his girlfriend as the album cover. It went on to be certified platinum in 1992.

Other albums released include Little Big Man in 1992, Phantom of the Rapra in 1995, No Surrender…No Retreat in 1998, Universal Small Souljah in 2001, Gutta Mixx in 2005, and My Testimony of Redemption in 2010.

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Geto Boys

Past members of Geto Boys include Raheem Sir Rap-a-Lot, The Sire Jukebox, Prince Johnny C, Big Mike, and DJ Ready Red.

Bushwick Bill – Net Worth, Salary

Bill’s net worth was estimated to be $1.5 Million while there had been no estimates on his salary.

Bushwick Bill – Death

In May 2019 Bushwick Bill revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February. He died on June 9, 2019, at the age of 52.

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