Classic G Music – Geto Boys – “Straight Gangsterism”

This record is my shit even still today!

Their name, Geto Boys, comes from a deliberate misspelling of the word Ghetto. For both their first album 5th Ward Chronicles: Making Trouble (1988) and their second album, Grip It! On That Other Level (1989), the spelling was “Ghetto Boys”, according to standard English spelling rules. For their third album, The Geto Boys, they changed it to the “Geto” spelling, which they still use today.

According to an urban legend, the “Geto” spelling originated from a spray-painted street sign in North Houston (the sign has long since been replaced), along with graffiti written within the restroom walls at Willowridge High School in Missouri City, Texas during the late 1980s.