Scarface, the rapper, is retiring. We dont believe him. Sure, Brad Scarface Jordan is dropping his 9th proper album, Emeritus, which means retiring but maintaining your title. After 20 plus years in the game and an adherent dedication to putting together words that fit, well go out on the limb and say its highly unlikely a man this lyrically gifted, with a devoted following to boot, is going to truly call it quits. There has got to be a King of the South loophole somewhere. However, what is clear is the cause of Faces ire with the rap industry. Waiting on those checks can be like waiting on babies, to paraphrase Ghostface, while music can be swiftly bootlegged…ahem, downloaded. Also, the glut of wannabe rappers crowding shelf space and flooding inboxes with weak music, according to Face, is ruining the craft. Valid points, and here Face explains why. Oh yeah, Emeritus drops December 2. You can believe its good. AllHipHop.com: You coach Little League football so how would you compare football to the rap game?Scarface: Aint no f**king comparison. I hate this s**t and love that s**t. I hate rap but love little league football. AllHipHop.com: Why do you hate it so much?Scarface: F**k rap, you can have it back.
AllHipHop.com: Did you always feel like this?Scarface: Nah, just really here in the past 10, 12 years I just really started hating this s**t. And it aint have a motherf**king thing to do with the music part of it, its just the bulls**t that come wit it. And if s**t dont go no different then Im out this motherf**ker, gone.
Its so many people making records man I wouldnt be surprised if its f**kin 20 millions rappers and a million consumers. Its like dope now. You got more motherf**kers selling than you got using.
AllHipHop.com: When you say the bulls**t what are you referring to? Promo tours, going on the road, people talking out the side of their mouths?Scarface: The s**t that I hate man if the motherf**king money would be there when the money supposed to be there, I could f**kin rap forever. As long as that s**t is like it is now, f**k this. Yeah, I aint f**king with it, not in that manner. Ill put some groups out. Like I was telling KRS-One last night man I remember when it was a f**king privilege man. You felt privileged to get dope f**king records. When Criminal Minded came we felt privileged to get that s**t. When Paid In Full came out, God damn!!! It was the beat. That was the beat of the streets man. Remember that s**t. Top Billin. 6 In the Morning. Motherf**kers was proud to have s**t like that. Now its so many people making records man I wouldnt be surprised if its f**kin 20 millions rappers and a million consumers. Its like dope now. You got more motherf**kers selling than you got using. Scarface “High Powered” VideoHigh Powered
AllHipHop.com: Its almost like its too easy to get in the game?Scarface: Nah, the Internet made it like that. And the blank recordable CD people made it like this. Looking at how big of a plot that cant be nothing but a plot to destroy the n****s that come up out of the neighborhood, ya know, using rap or using entertainment, I say rap though. I say music period. You got a few n****s that really slide through the cracks to get out the ghetto and end up making something out of theyself and setting an example for other people in the neighborhood to follow. Now its hard for him to make his living. We fittin to look for something else to do, cause there aint nothing in it. AllHipHop.com: Could it be that people arent really following the example? They just go after the end product without considering the grind it took to get there?Scarface: Man, to be able to coming from where I come from and be on the Hip Honors stage, VH1 says a lot. It tells me that any f**king thing can happen. Like a business they look at it like a hustle. Its not a quality thing no more its a quantity thing. Corporate has f**ked this game up. Cause nobody is taking time in making they music no more dude. Its like we gotta put as many f**king albums out tomorrow as we can. And then the next day well find some more s**t to put out. It ruined the craft man.
When you look and think of New York City in Hip-Hop you think of where it all began and the quality of music that came out this motherf**ker. And the example that it set for Hip-Hop. For the s**t to turn around like this and turn into something thats so mainstream like, I cant even describe it man. Its heavy. It aint no respect in it no more, its too easy to get. Like I remember weed, it was a privilege to get some good weed. Now you got good weed everywhere, and everybody got it. It used to be a privilege to get good music, now you cant find no good music. AllHipHop.com: Theres still good music out there you just have to try harder to find it.Scarface: Im talking about way back, Im talking about the Commodores and the Isley Brothers and Maze and Zapp and s**t like that. Find that. I was thrilled to death to see The Roots did all the s**t that they did. I like that and I take that s**t very seriously man. The craft man. We losing the craft of music. We losing that craft man. How many bands you know of? You remember when everybody had guitars and drum sets and singers, we dont got that s**t no more. You cant find that nowhere. There used to be a band every week. Brass Construction, Con Funk Shun. Everybody knew how to play something. Everybody had the gift of music. AllHipHop.com: That said, then why make this your last album?Scarface: Im through. For those very reasons.
You get f**ked twice making music these days. The record company f**k you the first time, and then the people that listen to your shit f**k you the second time dude. Theres no way for the artist to get paid unless you can afford to sell eight million records.
AllHipHop.com: Is the door completely closed or is it cracked?Scarface: Oh s**t, money talk and bulls**t walk now. But if it aint no motherf**king money involved, Bye, Im done. I aint talking about no motherf**king promise either. Im talking about the real hard copy. AllHipHop.com: Is that how Emeritus came about, the money was laid out? It seems like youd still make music no matter even if you werent getting paid. Scarface: Well see. In order to make me come out and deal with this bulls**t, ya know, its going to cost. It aint no avenue to get paid f**king with this s**t because you can get it for free, ya see? Why do you do it, for free? You get f**ked twice making music these days. The record company f**k you the first time, and then the people that listen to your shit f**k you the second time dude. Theres no way for the artist to get paid unless you can afford to sell eight million records [chuckle].AllHipHop.com: What about shows; show money?Scarface: I mean, f**k show money. F**k the show money. You need fa sho money. You need mechanicals, you need to make as much money as these god damn corporate offices is making. Its your talent. You wrote that s**t. F**k them god damn concerts n***a, give me my motherf**king money. All them god damn records, you sold them god damn records, you need to, Here.You making songs now and they just popping up on the Internet. N****s is downloading your s**t for nothing and the light bill is due. F**k. Thats why I say Im gone. I gotta find something else to do. Its not feasible to stick around. It aint no money in it. Its like selling rocks and motherf**kers aint smoking no more. Everybody selling. All the dope fiends got clean and they selling rocks to nobody.
Forgot About Me feat. Lil Wayne and Bun B – ScarfaceAllHipHop.com: So what are you going to do now?Scarface: Im not fitting to tell nobody what Im fitting to do. I aint going to say that. Im not going to let nobody go and f**k this one up. By the time they put this s**t Im getting ready to do on the Internet, Ill be well taken care of. AllHipHop.com: So you got a definite exit plan?Scarface: The exit plan? What the f**k is the exit plan, the movie?AllHipHop.com: Nah, as far as getting out the rap game. Scarface: Im fitting to put this in my phone cause this is something Im fitting to use. [puts it into his iPhone] God damn thats f**king dope n***a. The exit plan. Im typing that in there. If you hear it somewhere, shout me out, Ill thank you for it.
AllHipHop.com: Barack has your vote. Think he can pull it off? Its looking good right now but Scarface: I dont know. I know how white people feel about n****s for real, so I dont know. I know the powers that be hate n****s. It aint no doubt about it. Its documented. And the bad the cool part about [it] is the motherf**ker aint ashamed of what they did. Its documented, they not ashamed of it. They like, Yeah I did that to you n***a now what you gon do?To see Barack get to a point; you could say they just doing that s**t so a n***a can feel like he have action next time. Give a motherf**ker just enough leeway to make a n***a feel comfortable and knock the edge off of him. Or he could really do it. He got a lot of people thats with him and he got a lot of people thats against him. Ill say that white people over 50 is voting for McCain. I figure you have a problem with older white people. Younger black people dont give a f**k. They aint thinking about the skin color, they thinking about the issues. Youre going to love this, if I had to vote for the issues, Id vote Republican. AllHipHop.com: Why so?Scarface: S**t man, when a motherf**ker do finally hit a motherf**king lick you dont want to give it away. Im a strong believer if you made it, you should be able to hold on to your money. It shouldnt be my responsibility to take care of these motherf**kers over [here] because they wasnt smart enough to go and do what they could have did. AllHipHop.com: So youre a conservative basically?Scarface: Nah, I just dont think its my responsibility to pay for other peoples medical expenses and s**t and getting taxed over the norm for being successful. You shouldnt have to pay to be successful. You shouldnt have to pay extra. You gonna love this but for color, Ima vote for Obama. I’m bulls**ttin’ man. [chuckles] Just to see a Black president Im thinking about my 80 year old grandmother now. Never in her lifetime would she ever expect to see some s**t like this, okay. So thats one of the reasons why I want to f**k with Obama. Just for that history, just to be a part of that history that voted for that first Black president that maybe could have went all the way. Im down for doing s**t for my people but I aint down to just give my s**t away and not know where its going. Id rather a motherf**ker say okay, you got this amount of taxes to pay, were going to do something in [your] community, cool. But not warring against a faceless enemy. I dont want to pay for that. I dont want to pay for a bail out. That was you that bankrupted the country b***h, dont put me in it. AllHipHop.com: Whats your greatest accomplishment?Scarface: I was at a class reunion last night, that was my accomplishment. To see motherf**kers from 20 years ago still f**king loving Hip-Hop. I seen a lot of my old friends dude. That was some good s**t. I feel like thats my biggest accomplishment. To be where Im from and to be among the elite motherf**kers from everywhere else. I feel that. Thats an accomplishment right there. All the rest of that s**t, f**ck that s**t. You can have all that other s**t, just give me last night. I come from a little blue house in a little bitty neighborhood in Houston, TX man. Im in New York City rapping on Isaac Hayes s**t, and then rapping on Too Short s**t. What else in life can top that? Except maybe f**king [REDACTED]. [laughs] I dont think nothing else can compare to what happened last night unless [REDACTED] give a n***a some Rock & Roll head. AllHipHop.com: Emeritus, the last joint for real?Scarface: Retire with honor, still holding the position. Thats it. To retire with honor and still hold the position. Thats me. I walked.AllHipHop.com: No loophole? Maybe come back as just Brad Jordan?Scarface: Hey man, Im telling you money talk, the rest of that s**t got four feet. If there any two ways I can make money in music Ima go. But other than that Im sticking to this plan. And by the time the Internet get a hold of this plan its going to already be finished and Im going to already be caked up out of it, okay? Trust me.You right though, Scarface was just there. He was just like lithium. He was smooth right there, he never had a chance to go here. He always stayed right there. And its so much more to me in music. Its way deeper than the n***a spittin. To me spittin is like 4thdary, not secondary. I want to make that s**t. I can make that s**t. I dont have to rap to that s**t, I can make it. I dont have to sample that s**t, I know how to go in there and make that s**t. I can play that s**t. I can create that s**t. So you never know, I can be in a rock band soon. You never know. Funk bands. I love it that much.I dont love it enough to let that motherf**ka pimp me, though. Music makes more than Face, Face leaves music.