Last week, we named the top 5 albums from my favorite rapper alive Nas. Scarface began his rap career as a member of the Geto Boys. A few days ago, the Geto Boys celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Grip It! On That Other Level album. That was the first album with him, Willie D and Bushwick Bill together and the rest is history. The trio put out six albums, Scarface put out of 13 studio albums, two compilation projects and a couple of mixtapes. Scarface have been called the original King of the South and viewed as one of the best to ever do it. Scarface is still doing his thing with the music as he put out the Deeply Rooted: The Lost Files joint. When it comes to albums from Scarface, he’s put out a lot of dope projects so let’s pick his top 5.
The Diary is one of hip hop’s all-time great albums. The Diary contain 13 tracks with 3 of them either being skits or interludes. This album contain no fillers and it only had one guest appearance, Ice Cube. I Seen a Man Die was his first single and it was a classic. This track is one that I remember dropping because it was released on my 17th birthday. The only other single released from the album was Hand of the Dead Body. This was the track that featured Ice Cube and the video was classic. The Diary was released in the fall of 1994 and it’s my favorite album from Scarface. Scarface is my 3rd favorite rapper of all-time right behind 2Pac and Nas.
For me, it’s really close when it comes between this and the Diary album. Many people have said this album is their favorite album from Scarface. The Fix actually received 5-mics from the Source magazine. Unlike the Diary, The Fix had a plethora of guest features. Nas, Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Faith Evans and WC was on the project. Scarface also had top of the line producers like the Neptunes, Kanye West, and Mike Dean worked on the album. Scarface released his 7th album in the late summer of 2002. My Block was released earlier in the summer and it was Scarface storytelling at its best. For me, this is another project from Scarface that you can listen to without skipping a beat. Guess Who’s Back, My Block, Keep Me Down, In Between Us and Heaven are my favorite tracks.
Mr. Scarface is Back
Mr. Scarface is Back was his debut album that was released in October of 1991. Less than three months before this, Scarface and the Geto Boys dropped their classic 2nd project. When this album dropped, it felt like an extension of the Geto Boys. The difference between Scarface and the other two members is that Face was so damn lyrical. Scarface’s storytelling was on full display on his debut album. From the first track, Mr. Scarface to the final track, I’m Dead. Money and the Power is probably the best track from the album. Diary of a Madman, A Minute to Pray and a Second to Die, Mr. Scarface, Born Killer and I’m Dead are my favorite tracks. Mr. Scarface is Back is regarded by many as a classic and you won’t hear an argument from me.
The Untouchable was the fourth solo album released by Scarface. The Untouchable was released on March 11th of 1997, which was two days after the passing of the Notorious Big. The first single released the month before featured the late, great 2Pac. Smile is the highest selling single ever and it’s one of the dopest tracks ever. When you add the passing of 2Pac, this made the track even more impactful. The original version appeared on the Death Row Greatest Hits album. Mary Jane was his next single and it was a weed heat anthem. Mary Jane was a great track and the storytelling is amazing. Game Over was the final single that featured three other legends in Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Too Short. Once again, this is another incredible project from Scarface and my 4th favorite Scarface album.
Like the 2Pac and Nas set, it’s hard trying to pick the 5th album. When it came down to this one, I had to go back to listen to about four Scarface albums. Emeritus is my final pick and it was really close. Made, Deeply Rooted and the World is Yours were in the running. Emeritus was his 10th album and was thought to be his final album. Emeritus was released in December of 2008 and had its fair share of features. Bun B of UGK, Lil Wayne, Bilal, Slim Thug, K-Rino, Z-Ro and Wacko appeared on Emeritus. The album opened with the usual J. Prince intro and the dope track, High Powered. Emeritus was well-received and thought to be a wonderful way to go out.
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