Geto Boys’ co-founder Bushwick Bill has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. TMZ reports he was diagnosed in February and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments. It’s too soon to tell, however, if the regimen is working.
Bushwick was originally getting treated for a benign mass on his pancreas when doctors discovered the cancer. While he’s open to sharing the news with the public, he hasn’t found the right time to disclose his condition to his Geto Boys fam, Willie D and Scarface.
“February 8, they said it was stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” I’m like ‘stage 4?’ …. It was just crazy that pancreatic cancer is undetected until it’s in its fourth or fifth stage. I’ve been keeping it to myself, but I’m getting ready to tell Scarface and Willie D. I’ve only told close family members, but that’s about it. I figured keeping it myself isn’t helping nobody.”
Bushwick continues, “It’s not like I’m afraid of dying. If anyone knows anything about me from ‘Ever So Clear,” I died and came back already on June 19, 1991. So, I know what it’s like on the other side. That’s not what it’s really about.
“It’s about life and loving life and being there for family and not just starting a dream or getting married or getting your first house and then finding out you got pancreatic cancer. You can’t even live out the rest of your dream.”
The 52-year-old rap vet isn’t going to let his diagnosis deter him from making music. In fact, he’s simultaneously working on three albums to set up a fund for his children in case the cancer doesn’t respond to treatment.
“I just want people to be aware that when they set dreams and goals, they’re healthy enough to fulfill and live. And the reason I’m doing three albums right now is because I noticed when most celebrities pass, they really don’t have nothing set for their children and everything’s in disarray.
“So I figured old music will sell, yes, but if I have new music for them and I have a book and I have a documentary and I have any other endeavors that I get into now, at least they’ll have some residual income from those things instead of just knowing that I’m their dad and my old records are selling that publishing belong to somebody else. It’s like, I’d rather know for sure that I did my part.”
Prayers up to Bushwick Bill.