DFW Music Festival: K-Ci & JoJo, 112, Next, Bun B, Scarface, Mike Jones
$52.00 - $125.00
Scarface: Like in the criminal world where there's a big difference between being a hustler and being a boss, the music biz sets galactic space between the role of an artist and that of a label head. The fans unknowingly segregate artists who try to gain street credibility from those who get credited by the streets. The latter for each of the past comparisons represent what Brad Jordan, known to most as Scarface, is to the universe that is hip-hop. What Scarface is a hip-hop ambassador. He represents mastered skill, preserved integrity, immense respect, quiet leadership and vocal tutelage. But ask the average fan and you'll probably get a simple summary statement like "Face is a dope MC!" Since stepping on the scene with his Houston, Texas cohorts, Geto Boys back in '90, then waking the world a year later with his arctic delivery on the classic single "Minds Playing Tricks On Me" he's been putting it down for the south. There wasn't any other rapper who brought across such dark images so vividly, spoke about the fiery bottoms of hell with such a frozen tongue, yet warm voice. Hip-hop never saw him coming and now they keep coming back. Fans flock to him and his new releases. The only difference is many of his fans are his peers. You'd be hard pressed to find a rhyme heavyweight who hasn't graced a Face album. To name a few: Ice Cube, Tupac, Jay-Z, Too Short, Daz, Kurupt, Redman and UGK all leaped at the opportunity to share a track with Mr. Face. This has allowed him to extend his status from H-town diplomat to global ambassador for rap. He brought the world to the American Geto. "I didn't put up a boundary on my music," Scarface says. "Though I rep my hood and rep my city, my music was for everybody from California to Cleveland to Chicago to Washington DC to New York to Mississippi to Atlanta. I didn't want to put no boundaries on my music, no Houston boundary." But that's Face's worth in the rap sector of notepads and vocal booths. His living legacy surpasses that. On rap music's flip side, Brad Jordan is a boss in hip-hop label juggernaut that is Def Jam Records. Three years ago he was anointed as president of their southern division, Def Jam South. And in alignment with the success of his recording career, Scarface scored big from the start of his exec tenure. His first signee, the rambunctiously engaging ATL representer, Ludacris sold three million copies of his debut Back For The First Time and is threatening to outdo his freshman outing with his sophomore LP Word Of Mouf, which has been blazing charts with hits like the Jazze Phae orchestrated "Area Codes" and the Organized Noize produced "Saturday." Not only has Def Jam allowed Face the opportunity to exercise his muscle in nurturing artists, they've allowed him to add to his rhyme resume by relocating Face from his former label Virgin and making the house that Rush built his new home--as an artist. The result: Face's seventh solo album, The Fix. "My destiny is in my hands now. It's not in nobody else's hands," he states. "I make the final decision on my product. I'm not obligated to nothing and I know that with Def Jam behind me, I know I'm a give them a different look." With The Fix, Scarface did not only keep his solo streak of either gold or platinum achievements alive, but he also got the recognition for the reason his albums have been such canvases of perfectly woven rhymes to music----his production. The music has always complemented Scarface's sharp oratorical because he's always had a huge role in his LP's production. Check the past Scarface album credits and you'll see Skinny Gangsta, Face's production company since he entered the rap game. "I had outside producers doing music but I ultimately produced my whole album myself," he informs. Scarface is a true legend in the Hip-Hop game and having blazed many trails with his music, he is now ready to move into film and television on a very serious level.