Reports: Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill Facing Deportation; Big Star's Andy Hummel Dies
Don't expect a Geto Boys reunion like the one that happened two years ago at Warehouse Live anytime soon. Not only is Willie D out of action for a little while serving a federal bid for Internet wire fraud, but earlier today several hip-hop blogs picked up a report from Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing that fellow Geto Boy Bushwick Bill was scheduled to appear at a deportation hearing in an Atlanta court last Thursday.
...And that's about it. According to the Loafing blog last Thursday, the reasons behind the immigration action taken against the MC and Jamaican native born Richard Shaw, who had been living in Atlanta, were unknown. So was whether or not Bushwick's case was connected to his rumored arrest shortly before last month's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, where he was scheduled to appear in a tribute to Rap-A-Lot founder J. Prince.
Also unknown is whether or not Bushwick actually showed up for the hearing, any ruling in the case or the date, if any, of the rapper's next scheduled court date. Loafing has not posted any further updates on its Web site. Rocks Off's Shea Serrano has messages out to several parties, and we will certainly update you if we are able to find anything out.
Also late Monday, West Coast Sound, Rocks Off sister blog in Los Angeles, reported that former Big Star bassist Andy Hummel has died at age 59, making him the second member of the legendary Memphis '70s power-pop band to die this year. Founder Alex Chilton died shortly before Big Star was supposed to perform at this year's SXSW festival.
After Posies and current Big Star bassist Ken Stringfellow broke the news of Hummel's death on Twitter, John Fry, founder of Memphis' Ardent Studios, told DFW.com that Hummel had passed away after a two-year fight with cancer and that memorial services are scheduled for Wednesday.