When Willie D takes the stage at the Middle East Downstairs for the Geto Boys’ first-ever Boston performance this Saturday night, it will mark a new chapter in the legendary Houston-based rap group’s relationship with hip-hop fans on the East Coast. Considering the way things started in 1990, when Willie, Scarface, and Bushwick Bill arrived to perform in New York for the first time as an upstart crew courting controversy with their explicit lyrics and unabashedly Southern flavor, things have improved, to say the least.
“They did not like us and we were not welcome,” recalls Willie on the phone. “And they let us know by giving us a warm round of boos when our name was announced. They booed us so long, they had to boo us in shifts. I’ve never seen a crowd tired from booing — you could see them resting up to start booing again.”