Mind Playing Tricks on Me

Album: We Can't Be Stopped (1991)
Charted: 23

Songfacts®:

  • This rap classic is based on the 1974 Isaac Hayes instrumental "Hung Up On My Baby." It was recorded just before a crackdown on sampling, when DJs were lifting tracks at will.
  • This is a rare gangsta rap song that explores the dark side of thug life: paranoia and depression. As each of the Geto Boys (Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill) takes a verse, we hear about their troubles and their deepest fears, culminating with the insanity of Bushwick as he finds himself bloody from pounding on the concrete. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Geto Boys managed one more minor hit, the #40 "Six Feet Deep" in 1993. Scarface was the group's leader and became a successful solo artist and record company executive, heading Def Jam South. Bushwick Bill, who is a dwarf, is best known for being shot in the eye after a drunken altercation with his 17-year-old girlfriend. A photo of a bloodied Bushwick after the incident appears on the cover of the We Can't Be Stopped album.
  • The Geto Boys were very real. They were formed by 22-year-old James "Li'l J" Smith, who wanted a group that would represent the violent Fifth Ward of Houston, a ghetto where he formed the record label Rap-a-Lot Records. He found it in Willie D (who had done time for robbery), Scarface (who spent time in a mental institution as a teenager) and Bushwick Bill (who is generally crazy).
    After 2 albums, Geto Boys signed with a subsidiary of Geffen Records, who turned tail and refused to release We Can't Be Stopped, as they weren't comfortable with lyrics about murder and necrophilia. This caused a great deal of controversy as it raised the issue of whether or not record companies should reject artists on moral grounds. There was a touch of racism involved as well, as Geffen was also home to the death-metal band Slayer and the dirty comic Andrew "Dice" Clay, both white acts. Geto Boys returned to Rap-a-Lot to release the album, which benefited from the publicity and helped make this song a hit.

Comments: 3

  • Pfc James Troy from Fort Riley, KsI agree with "Gunnery Sgt. Gibbs. That s--t is true.
  • Gunnery Sgt. Gibbs from Fort Palmer, AustraliaYet another song we played in our humvee. Tired and sleep deprived your mind can play tricks on you. s--t like seeing lights from a town move that in reality really aren't moving at all.
    -Semper Fi-
  • Jack from Salem, Orfun song to listen at night driven by yourself
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