Today in Hip Hop History: We Can’t Be Stopped

We Can't Be Stopped (1991)

July 1, 1991

Southern gangster rap group Geto Boys released their 3rd studio album, “We Can’t Be Stopped“, through Rap-A-Lot Records in 1991. The title “We Can’t Be Stopped” stems from previous record label struggles after Geffen Records would not release their last album due to violent lyrics. The album cover is an uncomely photograph of Bushwick Bill in the hospital after a gun altercation with his girlfriend at the time resulted in him getting shot in the eye.

The album itself took only a few weeks to record, and featured classic songs “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” and “Chuckie”. Each member of the group has 3 solo tracks and another 3 tracks have verses by all 3 members, including a short verse from DJ Ready Red on the title track. “We Can’t Be Stopped” features subject matter about anti-Bush sentiments, sexism in the music industry, frustration over lack of commercial success and much more.

“We Can’t Be Stopped” was the Geto Boys’ best album commercially, as it was certified RIAA Platinum. It peaked at #24 on the Billboard 200, and #5 on the R&B Albums chart. In addition, The album has a track-by-track analysis by the Geto Boys in Brian Coleman’s book Check The Technique.

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