Scarface Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Scarface "The Last of a Dying Breed" (2000)

Producer: Scarface, N.O. Joe & Mr. Lee
Album: The Last of a Dying Breed
Label: Rap-A-Lot Records

Scarface: “The original version of ‘Last of a Dying Breed was a fucking crusher. That one kinda sucked. The original track was a monster but we couldn’t get it cleared. The sample was so wicked. It was like off a kung fu movie, like something at the end when everybody was dead and the hero was walking off.

“The ‘Last of a Dying Breed’ title track itself was me trying to be creative. Me saying that I remember forming in my mom's stomach, they don’t make them like this no more.

“My contribution will go unnoticed until finally, when I die, people are really gonna take a listen to what was being said instead of looking at what company or what label. I don’t feel like people took the time to break down what’s being said in those records that they hear. If they took the time out to really hear what was being said then they would really look at the artist different. I will probably get the credit when I'm gone.

 

The day I check out people will make me a hip-hop martyr. Like, ‘Damn, he went out and got boo’d in New York for us in the South. He went to spots all over the country throwing up this Houston flag.’

 

“Like all of these people that they give the credit too, some rappers are incredible and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but when you really break down word for word for word what’s being said, there isn’t going to be anyone that nasty. No one like me. Nas is another guy with a catalogue like me. Cube is another. But if you look at the greats and listen to what they said and the shit that you had to rewind. Like, ‘What did he just say?’ like thought provoking inspiration raps. It will go unappreciated until the day that I check out.

“The day I check out people will make me a hip-hop martyr. Like, ‘Damn, he went out and got boo’d in New York for us in the South. He went to spots all over the country throwing up this Houston flag.’ I did that for this city. I'm the reason why the people across the world know about Houston. I don’t feel like this city appreciates and respects their own people, especially my contribution to the craft.

“If anything happens in New York with one of their artists they are going to be supportive. But if anything happens to an artist out here in Houston, they never knew you. It’s a shame. There’s a lot of great artists who came out of here who will never get the recognition because of where they are. It’s a very difficult place to get money, especially if you’re doing something positive.

“They should call Houston ‘Crab in a Bucket’ cause that’s what it is. It will be respected when the artists are dead. I know my work will be. Look at the Rock The Bells Tour in San Francisco. 14,000 tickets sold out there. Why doesn’t this city get shows like that? How can Ice Cube come to town and wherever he’s performing it ain’t fucking packed? I bet if Ice Cube came to New York that shit would be standing room only.”

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