Scarface Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Geto Boys "Mind of a Lunatic" (1989)

Producer: Doug King
Album: Grip It! On That Other Level
Label: Rap-A-Lot Records

Scarface: “We recorded that record at Jay Prince’s ranch. Jay has a ranch where there’s nothing except a house and a studio. And it was in the middle of no-fucking-where. So that record right there just came about of off some sick psychotic ass shit. We were just in the woods recording an album in the house and ‘Mind of a Lunatic’ just came about.

“Ready Red was doing the beat and it sampled the Spiderman cartoon, ‘He’s a paranoiac who’s a menace to our society.’ Ready Red was the shit. He would find dope samples. He did a lot of movie watching and he was really dedicated to his craft. I really hated to lose him. He molded that Rap-a-Lot sound for sure along with me, N.O. Joe, and John Bido.

“Jukebox—one of the original members of the Geto Boys wrote that verse—wrote BIll’s verse. Bill ended up using that verse because ‘Box had got locked up. If you listened to it, it says, ‘Pussy plays superman your ass will get boxed up.’ Box wrote a lot of that shit.

 

Let’s be very clear: Bushwick Bill didn’t write anything. He didn’t write. We all wrote for him. We would lay the verse down and he would rap it.

 

“Let’s be very clear: Bill didn’t write anything. Either Will wrote that shit, Big Mike wrote that shit, Gangsta NIP wrote that shit, or I wrote that shit. Bill didn’t write. We all wrote for him. We would lay the verse down and he would rap it. Willie D wrote a lot on the first Geto Boys album, like ‘Do it Like a G.O’ and ‘No Sellout.’

“I went to Rap-a-lot in 1987, I was playing some songs and they were like, ‘This is not what we’re looking for.’ A few months later, Steve Fournier—thank god for Steve Fournier—he had the record and he played it for Jay Prince. Jay liked what he heard because Jay was on that gangster shit. Jay was looking for me from that day on. When he found me, he had me rap against his brother. I rapped against his brother and beat him out to get into Geto Boys. From that day on, it was history. That’s how shit came about.

“Jay never turned away from us. We was in the ghetto, on the corner selling rocks and trying to get tennis shoe money. Jay came and got us off the streets. He told us, ‘If your gonna do [rap], you can’t do that.’ When we let it go back in ’87, we were doing pretty damn good but he wanted me to be a rapper because I was more skilled than anybody he ever ran across.

“Matter fact, I was more skilled than the motherfuckers in New York and Los Angeles where the music was coming from. I easily could have been out there doing that shit with them. I was that skilled at that age. You can look at it yourself. The shit I was doing back then when I was a kid, think of how skilled I was. You think I could have done a song with N.W.A.? For sure! You think I could have done a song with Public Enemy? Hell yeah! Now, Rakim might have been a little out of my league [Laughs.], but everyone else I could have been on a track with and done well.”

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