Monday, December 18, 2023

Watch: From Geto Boys to Grandmaster, Scarface Reigns in Soulful Tiny Desk Concert

In the realm of hip-hop, Scarface, also known as Facemob and Brad Jordan, has etched his legacy as one of the genre's most influential storytellers. Monday on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, the legendary emcee and producer delivered a 30-minute set that stands as a testament to a rap career spanning decades, defined from his time as a seminal member of Houston's Geto Boys to his stellar solo journey.

Anticipation for Scarface's Tiny Desk appearance crackled after DJ Cuzzin B, the series' producer, declared on X (formerly Twitter) last week, "Just watched an edit of Scarface's Tiny Desk. Yeah.... it's the best hip-hop Tiny Desk we've ever put out. A new crown holder.... Monday." The hype proved prescient.

From introducing his backup band to the final song, Scarface took the audience on an intimate lyrical and musical journey, raw and unflinchingly honest yet undeniably entertaining.

"I don't know if you want to call me the DJ or the conductor of the railroad but my name is Facemob. We came here to jam for y'all tonight, this morning, whenever the f—k it is," Scarface shares, setting the tone for an intimate and powerful performance.

Mike Dean, grabbing the mic, interjects with humor, questioning, “You were high?” Scarface responds affirmatively, "That's going to be the basis of all our f—ing songs, man. I swear," before launching into the rap star's signature tune, "On My Block." The performance is gritty, soulful, and captures the essence of what has made Scarface's hip-hop career special.

The Tiny Desk concert offered a rare glimpse of Scarface not just as a seasoned emcee but as a conductor, navigating through multiple eras of his extensive catalog. Classics like "Mary Jane," "Smile," "Fk Faces," and the bone-chilling "I Seen a Man Die" all made the setlist.

Days before the show, Scarface added a surprise element by bringing in Dean, elevating the performance with unmatched authenticity and shared stories. This dynamic collaboration underscored the profound impact Dean's production has had on Scarface's classics and Rap-A-Lot records.

Scarface's influence extends beyond the stage, as evidenced by his recent recognition alongside Rakim with the inaugural Hip-Hop Grandmaster Award from the Paid in Full Foundation. This accolade, coupled with substantial financial and healthcare support, reaffirms Scarface's place as a pivotal figure in hip-hop history.
Watch the entire performance in the video below.

Set List:
"On My Block"
"Mary Jane"
"I Seen a Man Die"
"F**k Faces"
"Mind Playing Tricks on Me"

Scarface: Lead vocals, guitar
Mike Dean: Keys
Steven "Spud" Howard: Vocals
Takai "Cookie" Hicks: Vocals
Peigh Jones: Vocals, guitar
Corey "FunkaFingers" Stoot: Guitar
Josh Henderson: Keys
Jason "The Bishop" Allen: Keys
Savar Martin: Drums
Anthony "Antboogie" Nicholson: Bass, musical direction

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