[Music veteran Scarface recently sat down with hip-hop personality Shawn Setaro on his popular “The Cipher” podcast. Listen to the full interview and check out five gems Scarface dropped during the Q&A.]

On why his 1994 album The Diary is like Pink Floyd’s 1973 career-making mega-hit The Dark Side of the Moon:
“You know the way the sound changed with The Dark Side of the Moon? Sonically, everything that came before [from Pink Floyd] didn’t match to that…And sonically, The Diary was my Dark Side of the Moon. I found myself there. I found me. I think Roger Waters and David Gilmour [Floyd’s primary songwriters and singers] found themselves on that album. And they got busy, they did some shit.”

On the inspiration behind his hit song “I Seen A Man Die”:
“To be able to see life come in and life go out, I think it’s the most beautiful thing. At the end of the day, it means God has kept his promise.”

On why he hates peaceful protest:
“I like the idea of civil unrest. When there’s an injustice done to a people, I honestly believe that, as long as you keep turning the other cheek, you’re gonna keep getting your ass kicked. I believe you have to go by what this country was built on, and that’s fight fucking fire with fucking fire, period.”

On his string of teenage suicide attempts:
“It was more an attention cry than anything, now that I look back at it. In all honesty, I’m sure that I didn’t want to die. Because if that was the case, I would have been dead.”

On Tupac:
“Shit, he lived. He enjoyed every second of it. If he’s dead. And if he’s not dead, I’m gonna be so fucking mad at him. If he’s not dead, we’re not friends no more.”

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