Diary (Explicit Version)

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Specifications

Label Prince Ent.
SKU 61007907
UPC 034744205025
UPC 14 00034744205025
Format CD
Release Date 6/8/2004
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Author Scarface
Compilation Appearance Jason's Lyric
Compilation Appearance Friday (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Moment Of Truth (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Headz Or Tailz (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mil-Ticket (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Www.thug.com (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Full Clip-A Decade Of Gang Starr (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Office Space (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Truth (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Loved By Few Hated By Many
Compilation Appearance Dynasty-Roc La Familia 2000 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Malpractice (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fast and The Furious (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reason (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Golden Grain (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dude (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 2.1 (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance MTA2: Baptized In Dirty Water (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Life Of Joseph W. McVey (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Best Of Rap-A-Lot(screwed & Chop
Compilation Appearance Southside (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Trill (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sound Of Revenge (Explicit Version) (Bonus CD) (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance USUAL SUSPECTS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance SOURCE: SOURCE FAT TAPE 1 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pimpalation (Limited Edition) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Day Hell Broke Loose Pt3(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rotten Apple (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Underground Kingz (Bonus Cd)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Underground Kingz (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Solution(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Solution
Compilation Appearance Killer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rap A Lot Greatest Hits
Compilation Appearance Killer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blueprint (Collector's Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Street King(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Based On A Tru Story
Compilation Appearance Based On A Tru Story(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Based On A Tru Story(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Based On A Tru Story(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Kiss The Ring
Compilation Appearance 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance God Of The Serengeti
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French: Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Suffering From Success
Compilation Appearance MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pinata
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS(Explicit Version)
Technical Info
CatalogID 2050
Lable Name Prince Entertainment
Released 06/01/2004
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Scarface (vocals), Mike Dean, Uncle Eddie.
Producers: Mike Dean, Brad Jordan, N. O Joe, Uncle Eddie.
Recorded at Digital Services and Scarface Studios, Houston, Texas.
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 (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 %
Product Attributes
Artist Scarface
Music Format Compact Disc

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