Diary (Explicit Version) CD (2005)

Artist: Scarface

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Label Rap-A-Lot 2k
SKU 60567294
UPC 034744199720
UPC 14 00034744199720
Format CD
Release Date 3/1/2005
Author Scarface
Associated Artist/Work Geto Boys (The)
Technical Info
Engineer Mike Dean
CatalogID 41997
Lable Name Rap-A-Lot
Released 08/27/2002
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00034744199720
Musical Guests
Ice Cube
Album Notes and Credits
On THE DIARY, rapper Scarface creates a powerful, almost operatic progression of characters, portraying the different roles as they derive from the rapper's own persona. So he speaks either as Scarface or as Brad Jordan (his real name), as the cold-blooded gangsta or as a shrewd, compassionate observer of the mean streets of warring colors, doomed youth and innocents caught in the crossfire.
THE DIARY is a graphic, powerful, unwavering look at the day to day violence that has become brutally commonplace for far too many urban citizens, as underscored by the romantic strings, martial rhythm parts and automatic gunfire of "Intro," and the funky kill-or-be-killed braggadocio of "The White Sheet," a gangsta anthem with a series of menacing, deadly hooks.
Scarface anticipates all the usual criticism such a hard-edged approach would engender. He responds to such acrimony with indignation of his own on "Hand Of The Dead Body" (with Ice Cube). But a more telling response comes on "Mind Playin' Tricks," where Scarface delineates his own simple aspirations for family and self, and on the poignant, chilling "I Seen A Man Die," where he underscores a litany of tragedy and death by observing that "I never seen a man cry until I seen a man die...If you ain't at peace with God you need to patch it up...Here lies a man who ain't scared to die, may he rest in peace..."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.178) - "...Scarface kicks unrepentantly...and still effectively....[These songs] are notes from the underground that ring terrifyingly and all too true..."
Q (7/01, p.91) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".
Q (3/95, p.103) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...full of funky bass, whining synthesizers, and dramatic strings, the lyrics choked with bitter pathos, it roars away like an epic tragedy."
Vibe (12/94-1/95, p.144) - "...THE DIARY is the sonic equivalent of a fists-in-the-air, blood-on-the-wall, helicopter-detonating, action-adventure flick. And he's the anti-hero..."
The Source (1/95, p.88) - 4 Stars - Slammin' - "...Scarface is business as usual lyrically...this Geto boy has tapped into something new and has laid the foundation for an even brighter future..."
NME (Magazine) (12/3/94, p.41) - 8 - Excellent - "...a high-minded, haunting attempt to find some sense to the debris of the projects....an album that deserves to be heard; a sustained argument against the supposed irresponsibility of gangsta..."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 White Sheet, The
3 No Tears
4 Jesse James
5 G's $%
6 I Seen A Man Die
7 One%@
8 Goin' Down #@%$
9 One Time %
10 Hand Of The Dead Body - (with Ice Cube)
11 Mind Playin' Tricks 94
12 Diary, The
13 Outro %

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