When people mention storytellers, why do they omit Scarface? From some of his Geto Boy tracks, to “A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die” and “Now I Feel Ya”, he has wielded his pen to create hauntingly honest depictions of the highs and lows of street life. The pinnacle of these tracks for me came on the classic album, The Diary. “Never Seen A Man Cry” or “I Seen A Man Die” as it was originally called was the last song on side A of the cassette and it kept me from hearing the rest of the album for probably a week or two. I kept rewinding and listening. His somber tone and the authenticity with which he spoke made it all the more haunting. Lyrics like “If you ain’t at peace with God, you need to patch it up” were crazy to me. He spoke of death so fluidly, like he’d been there before. Like he was some sort of Angel looking down recalling what he was seeing for the millionth time.
Mr Scarface is back. Period. One of the greatest to ever do it. Period. Brad Jordan is easily one of the most influential voices within the hip-hop scene. “No Problems” is, simply put, that declaration. From his addition to the Geto Boys to present day, Scarface has laid claim to the Kingship of southern rap. Always real, whether it’s in his lyrics or interviews. He speaks his mind and stands up for anything he says. The game needs Face, I for one am thankful he’s back on the mic, after some legal troubles and whatnot. A little thinner too, apparently he’s lost 100lbs too. If that’s not devotion and focus I do not know what is. If “No Problems” is any indication Deeply Rooted, his upcoming LP, should be a HUGE problem for rappers and their string pulling corporate fat cats.
PURCHASE: SCARFACE- NO PROBLEMS (SINGLE)
Til Death Do Us Part saw yet another incarnation of the Houston rap group The Geto Boys, when Willie D departed and was replaced by the New Orleans born emcee Big Mike from The Convicts. While Willie D’s hiatus would be short lived and Mike would depart, he used the his time in the group to get himself a solo deal. His albums Something Serious and Still Serious were received very well and he has gone on to release numerous albums since. Til Death Do Us Part saw the release of two single “6 Feet Deep” and “Crooked Officer”.
Check out the interview with Face below, he’s dropping knowledge. He’s passionate about stuff. It’s good to see some that passion from someone who genuinely loves the culture and believes in it.
Scarface is easily one of my favorite rappers of all-time. I believe it’s the fact that he always tackles social issues. You can feel the pain/love/anger/depression in what he says. He has the ability to just speak to you on records. It’s like he’s sitting down next to you telling you a story which is meant only for you. In ’93, Brad Jordan released his second solo effort The World Is Yours, “Now I Feel Ya” was his opus to that point. A marathon as rap songs go, it went on for a little over 8 minutes. The song chronicles Brad’s life up until that point, his relationships with his mom, father, step-father, grandmother amongst others, his experiences on the streets, and the beginning of his music career. The journey that would eventually create Houston’s Scarface, one of the rap games living legends.
That’s right Brother Mob known to the world as Scarface announced via his twitter account that he will be “independently” releasing a new album on March 27th of this year…..YESSSSSSS
Vintage Hip Hop, shout out to Mike Judge for his inclusion of the track in Office Space
Some of you just don’t get it. Scarface is top 5 of all-time, period…..No argument you can have whoever in the hell you want in your top five as long as Scarface os there
Just about as classic a song as you can make. Timeless….Scarface is without a doubt top 10 dead or alive. I think you would have a hard time convincing me otherwise.
One of my favorite Scarface songs, Off Mr Scarface Is Back, his first solo release away from the Geto Boys. Storytelling? Check Raw Lyrics? Check Distinctive voice? Check…Scarface is top 5 dead or alive and that would have been off 1 LP…….I still remember listening to this track over and over and over again. Wore that tape OUT!!!! It made it onto just about every mixtape I made for the next couple years.