Out of the 3 members of the Geto Boys, Willie D is possibly the most politically outspoken and brash of the 3. What stood out about Willie isn’t the fact that he wasn’t technically the best lyricist or the most conscious, He was the epitome of the angry black man who was fed up with being mistreated by society. Willie’s “take no prisoners” approach to his music is what made him standout and gained a core following in his own right.
The First song opening up Controversy titled D.O. it Like a G.O. set the album off perfectly where the Original Geto Boys lashing out on their critics and radio stations who refused to play their music. Willie even went and took it to Black folks who were getting exploited in the Drug trade:
“EVERYBODY COMING WITH GUNS/ NIGGAS GETTING PIMPED BY COLOMBIANS! THEY PUT EM OUT IN THE STREET LIKE A BITCH/SLANGING THAT SHIT WHILE THE PUERTO RICAN GET RICH/ I NEVER SOLD THE MESS/ BUT IF I DID IT BE FOR MY COTDAMN SELF!
The following song titled “Fuck the KKK” is self-explanatory and was definitely needed during the tense racial period. It was released off the height off NWA’s success and was an open warcry from Blacks fed up from being oppressed. He even calls out the Klan members by name and exposes the White supremacist system structure:
Kick That Shit has Willie actually kicking alot of good game about Women getting guys caught up in the mix and giving advice as an elder. It’s real talk that you would hear from your father, uncle and thats what made Willie so relatable.
The title track of his government Willie Dee goes into the detail of his everyday life from the first verse dealing with police harassment and the next three dealing with different women in his life. He gets pretty bold and to the point with how he would much rather have an ugly chick than a hard-headed ass pretty bitch”.
Put the Fucking Gun Away is one of my personal favorites on here as he calls out wannabe tough-guys whom are always hiding behind their guns and actually fight. A Trip to Mexico goes in-depth about racial discrimination and the corruption behind the racist judicial system.
The other half of Controversy focuses more on women. Willie let it be known that You’re not gonna get any Dear Mama or Stay strong black women queen type of songs here. Willie is bold about the women within his environment and it may rub folks the wrong way.
Whenever he’s clowning them for being Bald headed(Bald Headed Hoes) or he goes the Mode One approach about what he want out of them sexually(I need some Pussy, Fuck Me Now) This bold approach wouldn’t be accepted in today rap game. But this is what makes Willie so entertaining, His candid honesty, his unwillingness to not censor his content and the fact that in the midst of the bad language, You receive alot of insightful game from the 5th Ward Legend.
Vic Rating: 10 outta 10