Scarface is the definition of an O.G. The Houston rapper put his city on the map in the late '80s and early '90s with the Geto Boys and went on to become an acclaimed solo act, too. Today, he isn't as active as he once was, but last year he teamed up with Nas and DJ Khaled for excellent Kiss The Ring cut, "Hip Hop"—proving he's still one of the most powerful voices in rap.

We got on the horn with Brother Mob himself to talk about his massive catalog and got a lot of incredible stories from one of the genre's most respected lyricists. Face didn't always explain his writing process but he had plenty of oblique observations. He ranted about everything from the importance of "come lines" to how Jay Prince is the realest gangster to how he never made real money from rap until he became the President of Def Jam South.

He also spoke about the darkness that haunted him, the heavy drug use that fueled his songs, and a childhood of manic depression and multiple suicide attempts. Continue reading to see what happens when Scarface Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs.

As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)