One of hip hop’s greatest has recently dropped a new album entitled Deeply Rooted. Scarface, one of the founding members of the legendary rap group The Geto Boys has been one of the game’s best MC’s for over 20yrs. If you’re not aware of who this man is, lemme school you then. His resume speaks for itself, while the Geto Boys were a force to be reckoned with, Scarface quickly flourished as the group’s premiere MC and he shortly after transitioned that success into an outstanding solo career.
His first two solo studio albums: Mr. Scarface is Back (1991) and The World is Yours (1993) both had critical acclaim and were dope albums in their own right, it was the CLASSIC album The Diary (1994) that made him a household name where artists from the south rarely got radio and video airplay outside of their own respective city. The Houston native would go back to make studio albums with the Geto Boys but continued his solo career making solid albums throughout his career.
Let’s not forget some of his guest appearances on some of the game’s top MC’s albums such as Nas, Master P, Ice Cube, Kool G Rap and Tech N9ne to name a few and don’t forget the classic verse on Jay-Z’s This Can’t Be Life. That verse to this day still gives me goosebumps because of how real it felt. Scarface is probably your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. DMX has been quoted saying that Face was his favorite.
He’s influenced the southern movement from the likes of Ludacris, T.I., Lil’ Flip, Paul Wall, Slim Thug and even Do or Die from Chicago, so much that he was also the President of Def Jam South in 2000. He even had a part in the popular video game titles Def Jam: Vendetta and Def Jam: Fight for NY. Call me biased or a hip hop snob but i’d rather listen to his music old or new rather than 80% of the music out now.
He has continued to make music with some underrated classics such as MADE (2007) and Emeritus (2008). His new release Deeply Rooted dropped on September 4, 2015 and if you blinked you would’ve missed it. I only knew about it watching an old episode of The Breakfast Club where he spoke about it, I recently purchased it (which is what you do when you like an artist and willing to support them) on iTunes and i must be honest, it wasn’t as great as his previous two albums but still worth checking out.
Face was never a guy who relied on guest appearances for his albums but on this one I only can recall 4 songs that didn’t. He has the likes of Nas, Rick Ross, Avant, Z-Ro and John Legend to name a few. All in all if you’re not up on Scarface I strongly suggest you do your homework. He’s one of the Best that ever did it when it comes to painting a verbal picture and that’s a lost art nowadays.