Scarface Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Scarface f/ Ice Cube & Devin The Dude "Hand of the Dead Body" (1994)

Producer: Scarface & Mike Dean
Album: The Diary
Label: Rap-A-Lot Records

Scarface:“There was a lot of shit going on with hip-hop and censorship. This guy said that he killed this police officer listening to me. I said that Ganksta N-I-P, 2Pac, and Spice-1 has never given a gun to me. So gangster rap never did shit for that. I've even see white folks from River Oaks go get the gat, like we ain’t the only mother fuckers with guns man. ‘The grand dragon from the Klu Klux Klan, he got a shotgun/So why do you get mad because I got one?’

 

I don’t know why me and Biggie never did any tours together. New York was so strict on out of town rappers it was unreal. But now when I go to New York and all I hear is 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.

 

“You beat the shit out of us and shoot the fuck out of us and it ain’t no big deal, but when we bust you off it’s a problem? I don’t get it. So it’s very one-sided and ‘Hand of the Dead Body’ was like if you don’t believe me, come over to where I'm at so you could feel it for yourself. Just come around the way they got me, so you can understand what I'm talking about. There isn’t a feeling like that.

“‘Gangstas don’t live that long.’ At least that’s the lie they try to tell you. The gangstas live forever because they’ll get old, get wise, and move to Florida. Originally the hook went, ‘Gansta’s don’t live that long/That nigga’s wrong/Gangstas don’t live that long/You slip, and now I feel the hand of your dead body.’ But I don’t think that we could have done it like that because Virgin was tripping.

“People were tripping! You couldn’t even say death. That’s why when I said ‘Never Seen a Man Die’ they changed it to ‘Never Seen a Man Cry.’ They had a problem with the world death, and you couldn’t say die. So the name of the original song was, ‘I Seen a Man Die’ and not ‘Never Seen a Man Cry.’ [Biggie’s album was Ready To Die] but they had a problem with me doing it. My shit came out August ’94 when did Big came a couple months after.

“I don’t know why me and Biggie never did any tours together. New York was so strict on out of town rappers it was unreal. But now when I go to New York and all I hear is 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. I used to go to New York to hear all the records that I had never heard before. Like that’s why I went to New York, so I could hear all the records I had never heard before.”

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