41. Scarface on Jay-Z's "This Can't Be Life" (2000)
Album: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Brad Jordan was a decade ahead of his time when he dropped Mr. Scarface Is Back, a record that far surpassed it's Shotgun Rap origins with descriptions of depression and an entire narrative written from the perspective as a ghost. His contribution to Jay-Z's mournful "This Can't Be Life" is nothing short of heart-breaking, as he opens himself up and wears the pain of this open wound on his sleeve.
You can hear the raw emotion in his voice as 'Face details the loss of a close friend's son, fighting back the tears with each bar, before he explains that, "I could've rapped about my hard times in this song/But heaven knows I would've been wrong." Just another example of why Scarface is one of the greatest rappers of all time.