Scarface Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Scarface f/ Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel "Guess Who's Back?" (2002)

Producer: Kanye West
Album: The Fix
Label: Def Jam
Scarface: “I spent a lot of time with Kanye when Kanye was doing a lot of beats. Kanye stepped in on that album. It’s funny how that shit works. Me and Jay-Z would talk for hours. That’s my dog. We’re homies. I fuck with ‘em all. Guru, Kanye, Jay-Z, Beanie, everybody over there at Roc-A-Fella was family. The whole New York was like my extended family. I haven’t talked to them in a long time but they’re my people.

“I met Jay-Z in 1998 or 1999. I was recording The Last of a Dying Breed and Jay-Z was out there doing something in L.A. and I met him. Jay-Z came in to lay a couple records down for me. He was so damn fast it was sick the shit that he did.

“For the longest I thought he had pre-written shit and he would drop that down. But as time went on, I realized he was a freak of nature. He can hear a beat three times, listen to the beat ride once all the way through, and then lay his verse. I’ll be at the board writing my verse and he’ll already be gone. He’ll come in there sit, chat, and laugh, and then the beat will come on and he’ll write that shit in the middle of a conversation. The music will be playing and he’ll zero in and be like, ‘Ooh, ooh,’ and then lay that shit.”

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