One of Rolling Stone’s Best Music Books of 2015
From Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance. Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose hits include "On My Block," "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" and "Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta" (made famous in the cult film Office Space). The former president of Def Jam South, he's collaborated with everyone from Kanye West, Ice Cube and Nas, and had many solo hits such as "Guess Who's Back" feat. Jay-Z and "Smile" feat. Tupac. But before that, he was a kid from Houston in love with rock-and-roll, listening to AC/DC and KISS.
In Diary of a Madman, Scarface shares how his world changed when he heard Run DMC for the first time; how he dropped out of school in the ninth grade and started selling crack; and how he began rapping as the new form of music made its way out of New York and across the country. It is the account of his rise to the heights of the rap world, as well as his battles with his own demons and depression. Passionately exploring and explaining the roots and influences of rap culture, Diary of a Madman is the story of hip-hop-the music, the business, the streets, and life on the south side Houston, Texas.
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Day One Fan!
Love Face. Since the early days. Definitely in my top 5. Loved the book. Great insight into the mind of this mad man. -Mony Mone
Powerful and inspiring!
Great book man! I'm just 21 so I'm kinda late to becoming a scarface fan but as an inspiring record producer this book broke the game down to the t! Much love face!
Just as face delivers realness in his music he equally did so in this book. I could not put the book down. The book is so transparent it's as if you're having a face-to-face conversation with him. His ability to touch a life through his art either lyrically or written is simply powerful.
They don't come no "realer" than face. Grateful he was interviewed on XM radio and mentioned this book.
Thank you face for having the courage to be the voice for the black man and woman. We're such a marginalized group that even when we're screaming we're still unheard.