Scarface to release Emeritus
On December 2nd rapper Scarface will release his album "Emeritus". His previous albums have always had good reviews and therefore expectations are high. MusicRemedy had the opportunity to interview scarface about the album, his influences, USA economy, etc...
MusicRemedy: A lot people don’t know that you’re a really deep thinker. Could you shed some of your perspective on the situation with the economy?
Scarface: George W Bush... it’s that fucking Texas education that got his mind screwed up. He put a whole nation in debt, we owe muthaf*** money and shit.
Release date: 12/2/08
Label: Asylum Records
Buy at: Amazon
Scarface Interview - continued
MusicRemedy: Who's more Hip-Hop, Barack Obama or Bill Clinton?
Scarface: I think Obama speaks more for the Hip Hop generation now.
MusicRemedy: Your doing a tribute praise for Oakland rap vet Too $hort at this years Hip-Hop Honors show. How do you think you’ll feel when the day comes when you’re inducted?
Scarface: That’s a good question. I really hadn’t put much thought into it, but when that time comes it will mean a lot to me.
MusicRemedy: Is it important for you to be respected and acknowledged?
Scarface: Shit yeah... I ain’t gotta be acknowledged or even spoken to, but respect me. If person can’t look at you in your eye, then you know they don’t respect you. During the first debate between Obama and McCain, McCain didn’t look at Barack not one time to address him, that’s how you know he doesn’t respect him.
MusicRemedy: You’re called a legend, it terms of magnitude, how does that make you feel in regards as a person?
Scarface: Define as a person.
MusicRemedy: You’re a person and many call you legend, does it make you feel anyway like overly confident or thankful.
Scarface: I’m thankful. I remember when I was little and we was so broke that all I would get was socks for Christmas. It’s memories like that, that keep things in perspective and a nigga focused on what’s important.
MusicRemedy: If Scarface is the street wordsmith, who is the real Brad Jordan?
Scarface: A father.
MusicRemedy: Few people know that you’re a family man. How do you balance being a father and urban legend on a daily basis?
Scarface: I just do it. Rapping will always be in me, but being dad is the real deal.
MusicRemedy: Who would you count as some of the biggest influences in your career from start to the present?
Scarface: KRS1, Kool Moe D, N.W.A.
MusicRemedy: Your new album Emeritus has sparked a lot of talk about your unimaginable retirement from music. What is Emeritus album about and who did you work with on the album.
Scarface: It’s my last album and it brings an understanding that I’ve done enough. I worked with Bun, Wayne, Z-Ro, Slim Thug and, she’s from Virginia. I can’t call her name.
[Shateish, his manager says]
Yeah Shateish, I had her name right there.
MusicRemedy: If this is your final album, what is the everlasting impression that you want to leave to your fans?
Scarface: I left it all on floor and in time they will realize that Emeritus is not my end but another transition as an artist.
MusicRemedy: Away from music, what new chapter lies ahead for you.
Scarface: Golf! I want to bring golf to the inner city. I don’t think anyone is doing that.
MusicRemedy: When does the album come out?
Scarface: December 2nd.
MusicRemedy: Any parting words for your beloved fans.
Scarface: Just don’t forget to get Emeritus December 2nd.
MusicRemedy: Thanks to MissTheda for doing the interview.
Scarface biography [old one]
Within the realm of the underworld to be made means to be accepted as a man among men, someone with respect, honor and above all clout. A made man is someone whose street credibility cannot be questioned nor his authority challenged. He is untouchable. Within the realm of hip hop only a select few can boast of having an impeccable rep as both a great lyricist and a real live stand up guy. Such a man is Rap-A-Lot Mafia reputed under boss and the undisputed lyrical Don of the South Scarface whose latest album aptly entitled Made promises to be his best album to date.
“When it comes to this rap game I’m untouchable,” says a confident Scarface when asked about his new album. “I’m a made man in this shit. That’s why I called it Made.”
What makes Scarface a made man in the rap game is his aggressive flow, poetic lyrics combined with his ability to weave compelling stories that literally paint a picture right before your eyes. He is a seasoned veteran with over ten years of dropping classic records like Mr. Scarface Is Back, The World Is Mine, The Diary, Untouchable and the Fix under his belt. His albums are considered classics by rap aficionados and influenced many of today’s hip hop stars.
Born Brad Jordan and raised in Houston’s infamous South Park neighborhood, Scarface began his illustrious career under the moniker DJ Akshen in 1988 as a member of the legendary Geto Boys, debuting on the GB’s classic Grip It On that Other Level. As DJ Akshen, Face dropped an underground single called “Scarface” which helped usher in a new era in hip hop. But it was his work as a solo artist that really made people recognize that Face was a force to be reckoned with. Two years later he solidified his reputation for churning out deep thought-provoking lyrics with the classic Geto Boys’ tune that illustrating the pitfalls of street life “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Described by the Source as “five of the most chilling moments in hip hop,” the tune became an instant classic, placing Scarface, the Geto Boys and Rap-a-Lot Records on the world stage.
While Face’s work with the Geto Boys was the catalyst of his luminous career, it is his work as a solo artist that has given him the most accolades as a rapper. In fact, his solo discography reads like a litany of classic hip hop albums with each one going no less than gold and two of them (The Diary and The Fix) winning the Source Magazine’s coveted five mic status. According to Face, Made is his best effort to date.”
“I grew up in a time when artists were making complete albums. Public Enemy put out complete albums, Boogie Down Productions put out complete albums, Eric B. & Rakim put out whole albums. Back then you could buy a rap record and just let it play. You didn’t have to worry about skipping a record or two or three because they were whack. The whole album was jamming. Nowadays a rapper gets one or two radio hits and throws an album together. What I try to do when I go into the studio is make complete albums.”
And Made, Face’s eleventh album, is indeed the most complete album of his career. Produced by Mike Dean, NO Joe, John Bido, Tone Capone, Knottz, Mr. Lee, Enigma and Face himself there’s literally not a bad song on Made.
Lyrically Scarface is still as strong as ever dropping potent lyrics such as the ones found on “Neva,” “On My Shit,” the blazing lead single “Love You” and the explosive title tune. With songs like these plus a slew of others, Made gives Scarface fans what they have come to expect from the Don of the South, straight up hardcore reality rap, rooted in the experiences of a seasoned vet who has been there, done that and still can’t be touched!
"Emeritus" by Scarface - release date: 12/2/08..