The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

15. Scarface "I Seen A Man Die" (1994)

Album: The Diary
Producer: N.O. Joe, Scarface, & Mike Dean
Label: Rap-a-Lot Records

Scarface has never shied away from darkness in his music, from his horror-tinged work in the Geto Boys to the macabre street stories of his solo work. The second single on Face's sophomore album 1994's The Diary is one such yarn: a career criminal comes back home from a seven-year bid to find that while the prison industrial complex might be done with him, his own conscience isn't. Fate isn't done with him either because while he spends the first two verses trying to turn over a new leaf and deal with the guilt of having ended a man's life, he spends the entirety of the third at death's door-experiencing the terrifying fate he so carelessly inflicted on others as a younger man.

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