Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genre: Rap & Hip-Hop
Scarface (Brad Jordan born Nov 9, 1970) essentially defined what it meant to be a Southern Thug Rapper years before anyone even coined the term Dirty South, besides serving as the father of Southern thug rap. It seemed as ... more »
Scarface (Brad Jordan born Nov 9, 1970) essentially defined what it meant to be a Southern Thug Rapper years before anyone even coined the term Dirty South, besides serving as the father of Southern thug rap. It seemed as if every hardcore rapper wanted to align himself with Scarface during the '90s --everyone from Ice Cube and Dr. Dreto 2Pac and Master P collaborated with the former GetoBoy --all in an attempt to foster credibility among the loyal Southern rap audience. It wasn't until 2000, though, that Scarface won substantial admiration from the greater rap community with Last of a Dying Breed (soundscan: 681,542), and, as a result, he was awarded Lyricist of the Year at the 2001 Source Awards. In 2006 he introduced his new crew, the Product, with the album One Hunid and released a second volume of My Homies (soundscan: 169,233). Also landing in 2006 was 2 Face , a collection of tracks featuring Scarface and the late 2Pac. The album MADE (soundscan: 681,243) proved that Scarface was still relevant in 2007; it debuted at number two on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. A year later he retired his solo career with the good-bye album Emeritus (soundscan: 145,667). Now, after coming back to the game, Scarface is ready to drop DopemanMusic a tribute to the streets from a legend.
Dopest Music out of the South - Dopeman Music
S | TEXAS | 05/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Scarface - Dopeman Music. by Luke Gibson
It's refreshing to hear Scarface's name mentioned in upcoming releases. It's even more refreshing to hear the legend's voice over quality, edgy production. An artist whose catalogue would be the envy of any rapper living or dead returns to his beloved culture with Dopeman Music. His post-Emeritus hiatus aside, Scarface shows that he is still hungry, relevant and worthy of the crowns given to him. Although it's "just a mixtape" in terms of presentation and personnel, Brad Jordan proves that buzz can never duplicate mastery.
Dopeman Music marks one of the few tools Scarface has never used in Hip Hop, which is releasing a mixtape. Conceptually, it follows suit with the title of project. The leader and his latest Facemob spend the album addressing the role of the hood and currency. The 'Mob emcees that Scarface brings along for the go-'round sound deserving to be alongside the legend. Fans will inevitably question whether these rappers are capable of standing on their own. It's not that lead assisting rapper B. James is an outstanding lyricist, it's that he can complement Scarface's style perfectly. Lyrics like, "The School of hard knocks / All the scholars turn to fiends / No jobs in the city, all we got is triple beams" are solid lyrics but the subtle changes of delivery between artists, and devotion to the material is what makes Dopeman Music a convincing piece of art.
The retail mixtape operates on a respectable level of quality, though not up to par with a proper Scarface album. However, unlike some of past in-between-projects, or unofficial archival releases, Dopeman has some truly breakout moments. "2 the Beat" features a ridiculously addictive hook and dope verses, with an old school approach to Rap songwriting. 'Face reminds us all why everyone from Tupac Shakur to Jay-Z has sought the legendary Geto Boys front-man out. "Get Lost" shows the man's continued versatility. He remains one of the few artists who can have an R&B hook on a project without it ever compromising himself as an artist. His verse on "Get Lost " paints a vivid picture of a woman whose lifestyle and age conflict. Its hook is reminiscent of those heard on 2002's classic album, The Fix. The song itself is one of the few times on the project where the Facemob's inclusion can be counterproductive. Fans long for more verses from 'Face after hearing him open the track with a phenomenal verse, though the rapper teases the listener with a stamp of approval, and "on-the-next" approach.
Lyrically, the highlight of the project is the "The N Word." Clocking in at a mere 65 seconds in length, 'Face obliterates the beat. It's the type of conscious lyricism that has lived in Brad Jordan's catalog for 24 years, though he's rarely noted for that thoughtfulness. In just over a minute, the Houston pioneer is able to touch on immigration, the court system, crooked police, and legal hustling. It has immense replay value and 2010 relevance. In light of the Arizona controversy, Scarface spitting, "If you Mexican, they wanna send you back" is a classic example of why the man is so revered. He proves without a shadow of a doubt that he is still able to capture the essence of the common man's frustration or fear. Whether it's classics like "I Seen a Man Die" or "In Between Us" , or tracks like "The Ghetto Report" or "Hustle Game" on Dopeman Music, Scarface remains one of the great voices of our generation.
The aforementioned "The Ghetto Report" is another stand-out. From the unbelievable production, solid verses from Monk Kaza and B. James, plus Scarface's gem, the song may be an update, in terms of concept, to "My Block" , but it's the point-of-view he knows best. Scarface spits the first verse and with lyrics like, "It's pitiful how they got me doing time / For a crime I ain't never committed / The bottom line, is I'm a black man, so my S-K-I-N, is my S-I-N / So unless I win, I'll be headed to a cell in the pen / And when I come home, I'll go right back in." It's a haunting reality that 'Face tackles with eloquence and consciousness. From just an independently-released mixtape, Scarface's mind is at work yet again, like it's all on the line once more.
Dopeman Music gives Scarface another opportunity to be singular in focus while giving other emcees in his crew shine. The content rarely ventures outside of what the title suggests, but 'Face and company deliver it with class and flavor. This project being a mixtape gives the veteran the perfect way to reintroduce himself to the world while prepping them for his next project. Sure there are flaws on the project - "Lyrical Assault" being just one example, but flaws on a 'Face's flaws have always been forgivable, and typical of many of his works. Like previous Facemob projects or even 2006's effort with The Product, Scarface once again proves how much better Hip Hop is with him around, and how good he can make his teammates sound.
Scarface at his best
A. Carter | Shreveport, LA USA | 06/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest I've never heard Scarface this raw before. Even Emeritus(I Think that's how its spelled) wasn't this raw. This is hip hop at its best. People say the south doesn't have any true lyricists but I think even you'll beg to differ after listening to this. If you ain't feeling this then you must be deaf."
Another nice album from the King of the South
G$ | B-More, MD | 06/10/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Scarface is a rap music vet/icon; 20 years in the game releasing good music (he has 11 solos, 1/2 dozen or so Geto Boys albums, a few Facemob albums, and his "The Product" group album... I might add that all are at least 4 star albums as well) and he continues to carry on his tradition of making good music. This one has 16 songs (2 are remixes of other songs, so it's 14 different songs). of them, 2 are near classic, 2 are ok, the others are good or real good songs. He has 4 solo's on here, and there's 2 songs Face isn't on. Production is nice as well, though no credits are given. As always Face drops above average material here, and stays true to his roots on the content. A nice album to have from teh real KING of the SOUTH.
#1 - 9.5 (tight beat -- only 16 bars)
#2 - 8.5 (f/ B James & Monk Kaza -- nice relaxing beat)
#3 - 9.5 (f/ Young Malice & Lo Ke -- nice beat, Face throwing a dis back at old homie, Big Mike)
#5 - 8.5 (f/ B James & Monk Kaza)
#6 - 9 (f/ B James, Monk Kaza, Rodney Grant)
#7 - 9 (short 16 bars with Face dissing the D.A. -- nice beat)
#8 - 8 (Will Hen, Monk Kaza, B James -- no Face)
#9 - 9 (f/ Monk Kaza & B James -- nice beat)
#10 - 8.5 (f/ Young malice)
#11 - 8.5
#13 - 8 (f/ B James & Monk Kaza)
#14 - 7.5 (B James solo)
#15 - 8 (f/ Lo-Ke & OC)
#16 - 6.5 (f/ Paparue)
#17 & 18 are remixes of #2
Brad Jordan -- b. 11/9/1970 -- b. San Antonio, TX, moved to Houston, TX
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