Underrated: "In 23 Years, I've Never Heard A Wack Album [From Him]"
Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 12:15AM
[SOHH features a new entertainment personality each week to speak on who they feel is the most underrated artist. After Duke Da God gave Jadakiss the title last week, Killer Mike crowns Scarface SOHH Underrated.]
Scarface should be called the greatest rapper ever, since 1987. That's how long I've [been listening to him]. In 23 years I've never heard a wack album. Even the albums that weren't sanctioned by him, they were just getting put out.
You can't argue with 23 years. There's n*ggas that can say they've been in the game for 23 years but I can name five wack albums they put out. Get a n*gga that can say they've been in the game for 10 years and I can name one or two wack albums they put out. There's n*ggas that's been in the game for 20 years and I can name immediately some wack albums they put out. But when you talk about branching out with Scarface, you cannot grab an album and tell me it's wack.
His raps are pertinent, socially jam-packed and relevant in 1987, in 1993, in 1996, in 1997 and in 2000 when The Source finally woke up and gave him "Lyricist of the Year" award. And here we are 11 years later with him last summer having dropped Dopeman Music, one of the most dope street albums and mixtapes [from] last year and he still makes music at a higher level than anyone else in hip-hop, rap or gangster rap. He's amazing and he is the greatest of all time.
Don't listen to records because that's sort of what this music industry has taught people to do. They want you to go listen to one record and base your judgement. I want you to listen to the albums. I want you to listen to the album called Diary, I want you to listen to the album The World Is Yours, I want you to listen to the album Made, I want you to listen to the album The Fix and the album that I feel like is his best aside from Diary, which is Untouchable. That's five albums right there.
So go listen to those albums, for the people that are gonna talk sh*t and say, "Well, all the rappers you talk to are going to tell you Scarface is their favorite rapper anyway whether it's Jay-Z or DMX or Nas or The Clipse have talked about having a relationship with Scarface." I remember Das-EFX as a kid saying they had a relationship with Scarface. And I'm a grown adult man talking about my admiration for him.
If you read The Art of War, not just the subtitles, there's a story in the beginning of the book. It says that there's three brothers. The three brothers know how to heal. One brother can see sickness before it ever starts and stop it. His name is never heard outside the house. There's another brother who can see sickness when it's just kind of starting to heal. His name is kind of hurdled around the village. There's a third brother who don't really know how to do sh*t but after you got all the way sick, he'd cut an arm off for you, drain blood, that type of sh*t. He's the brother that's the doctor to kings and queens. So what I'm saying is what you're seeing as the biggest and best on television before you probably is marginally, out of the elite group, he's probably one of the marginal elite. The guy "he" listens to is the guy you want to also be listening to.
So as much as I love the Rolling Stones, I listen to a lot of Muddy Waters. If you really love Jay-Z, Tupac, Killer Mike, if you really love Spice 1, if you really love DMX, if you really love any of those guys, you should really be listening to Biggie and Scarface.
Killer Mike aka Mike Bigga is a rapper signed to Grind Time Official through the SMC/Fontana Distribution. He made his debut on "Snappin' and Trappin'" on OutKast's 2000 LP Stankonia, and also appeared on the Grammy-winning single, "The Whole World", from OutKast's greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present...OutKast. He was featured in the movies 20 Funerals, Idlewild, and ATL.
Check out some Scarface music videos below: