Questions about the pint sized rapper’s status as a United States citizen popped up shortly after the 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors in June when he missed the dedication to Rap-A-Lot Records’ founder, James Prince. Rap-A-Lot of course is the label that the Geto Boys and Bushwick Bill, as a solo artist, recorded for.
While details at this point are not completely known, it is being widely reported that the rapper, whose real name is Richard Shaw, appeared at the Immigration Court in Atlanta on July 15 for an initial deportation hearing. Bill was born in Jamaica in 1966, but was raised in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood before moving to Houston during the ’80s.
The Geto Boys and Bushwick Bill are primarily known for representing Houston and the South with their version of gangsta rap. However, the diminutive rapper released a gospel-based record called ‘The Testimony of Redemption’ last year. That move may have surprised some folks, but prior to entering the world of entertainment, he was a student of theology, with the intention of becoming a minister.