The Geto Boys would like to design your casket for the small donation of $10,000. It's all a part of a unique Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their first album in a decade, Habeas Corpus.
“Our fans have been pleading with us to drop one more album, and we’ve been having light and sometimes heavy talks about getting back in the studio,” reads a statement on their Kickstarter page. “Well, we hear you; the wait is over! Like you, we see all the madness going on in the world from terrorism to the economic downturn, to the slew of police shootings, and brutality incidents.”
The intent with this new album is not to “fan the flames and divide,” but to “put out the fire” and encourage unity. “But don’t get it twisted, we’re still not kissing no a** to be accepted,” the statement continues. “The new album is entitled, Habeas Corpus, and like past Geto Boys albums, no topic will be off limits. But before we can go into the studio to make the album, we must first raise the money to do so. Since we’ve been independent for going on a decade now, and we are not signed to a major label, we need your help funding the project.”
Fans can pledge between $5 and $10,000 to help push the album along. The smallest donation buys a membership into the Geto Boys fan club, while the largest tier gets you a casket personally designed by the Geto Boys, complete with an autographed pillow for the deceased to "rest in peace for all eternity."
Habeus Corpus is on its way in spite of tension within the group. Things are so “volatile” between Willie D, Bushwick Bill and Scarface that they’ve been holding “virtual rehearsals,” where they rap to each other over the phone. “We f***in’ hate each other, man," Willie D told Rolling Stone about touring and recording together. "It's like, 'Motherf**ker, I don't even wanna be onstage with you. Can we put up three stages, man? I'll sing my verse, you sing your verse.'"
No matter what, the Geto Boys are a “family — who “can’t stand each other but love each other," Willie D said
Habeas Corpus is scheduled to drop next March.
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(photo: Geto Boys via Kickstarter)