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A characteristically strong album from the undisputed godfather of the Houston rap scene, Emeritus is the third straight album on which Scarface has announced his intentions to retire from hip-hop. But unlike the press-baiting retirement threats of other famous MCs, Scarface’s world-weary proclamations seem genuine, for even if Emeritus is not his final work, the stately edifice that is Scarface’s catalogue precludes any challenges to his dominance. Like 2007’s Made, Emeritus is an almost unremittingly bleak album, one that displays Scarface’s usual penchant for intensely critical personal analyses as well as his dissatisfaction with the world at large. Though Made found Scarface in top form as an MC it was occasionally weighed down by leaden production. This problem has been for the most part remedied on Emeritus, particularly on the pummeling title track, which sees Scarface boasting of his professional prowess over a thrillingly pugnacious funk loop.

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Scarface - Emeritus

Legendary Scarface is finally bringing his long-lasting rapping career to an end. I never really got a chance to listen to this guy but I've heard a bit and he has some of the best talent I've ever heard. It's sad to see him go but let's see how he did on his final album entitled "Emeritus." 1. Intro: J. Prince talking for a long time about Scarface and talkin about other things. Not really a track but a nice way to start the album. 2. High Powered: Featuring Papa Rue, this is a fantastic way to really start out the album. The beat is fire and Scarface get mad at people who snitched on him and hated on him. Hot track. 5/5 3. Forgot About Me: This is how an all-star track should be done every time. The beat is fantastic as Lil Wayne starts everything off. His lyrics are in top form as this track needed him in it. Scarface goes next and talks about being the original gangster. Great verse. Bun B closes off the song who also adds in a fantastic verse. This track comes hard. 5/5 4. Can't Get Right: Featuring Bilal, this is another great song. Bilal takes care of the nice sounding hook as Scarface murders his verses. 4.5/5 5. Still Here: Nice sounding beat here as Scarface is showing some great lyrical talent. 4.5/5 6. It's Not A Game: A fantastic, hard beat here that brings out Scarface's lyrics once again. He's comin hard and showing that he's as hard as they come. 4/5 7. Who Are They: Featuring K-Rino and Slim Thug, the beat is in top form once again. I don't know who K-Rino is but he absolutely murders this track and owns the track. Scarface and Slim Thug do their things. Hot song. 4.5/5 8. Soldier Story: I don't know if I'm crazy about the beat or hook on this one but the verses are fantastic. I enjoyed this track as I think it's one of the best ones lyric-wise. It's a track that brings out a lot of anger. 4.5/5 9. Redemption Song: Another angry approach that I enjoy a lot. It's nice to hear some lyrics that actually make sense and are meaningful. Another good track. 4.5/5 10. High Note: This doesn't sound like a track produced by Jake One, but it is. You can here a girl in the background "hittin the high notes" but you can't here it that well. The track's only decent. 3.5/5 11. We Need You: Scarface gets mad at the snitches again and he talks about being a true gangster again. The track is good but the only problem is, I think he's gotten the poing across. The hook provided by Wacko isn't very good either. 3.5/5 12. Unexpected: Interesting choice in track order here as he puts in a Wacko feature back to back. The subject matter is similar once again and it's just like the last track. 3.5/5 13. Emeritus: The end, I guess. It's hard to wrap-up a rap career that's gone on for this long, but I like this song. He just talks about where he is in the rap game. Hot track. 4.5/5 14. Outro: Just music playing; the type you would here at a funeral for a dead soldier. R.I.P. Scarface. All in all, a great offering from Scarface. I think he said what needed to be said and he left the game with a solid album. This won't gain a whole lot of attention but I wish it would. Scarface is or was one of the greatest rappers that ever came up. I hope people actually give this album a chance and listen to a true rap artist. Congratulations Scarface on your whole entire career as an artist and great job on you final project. Overall Score: 4/5

The Legend Can't Be Stopped

This is classic Face. He is as strong as ever on Emeritus. Hopefully this isn't really his last album. I hope one of the collabs w/ Bun B or Nas & Cube happens. I'd love to see him do one w/ K-Rino. Anyway: High Powered was a great start off to the album Forgot About Me was dope but the amount of Lil Wayne appearances has just reached a point of ridiculousness. Bun & Face on a track together is always good. Can't Feel It Right is definitely one of my favorite tracks. Great beat, Face is at his best and Bilal always provides a dope hook. Still Here & It's Not a Game are both solid tracks. Who Are They was special to me. Some on here might not recognize it, but K-Rino & Face are legends and have never recorded together. They never had beef so it's not exactly like Jay-Z/Nas but that's what I compare it to, a big deal that they finally did a track together (plus it was dope). Soldier Story is definitely a standout. I like his group The Product in the first place and it's a great concept for the song w/ Z-Ro's dope hook. Redemption Song is perfect, Face reclaiming his spot on top. High Note was good reminder that Face can still go back to his Geto Boys days. We Need You is what I feel like is the reason Face isn't gonna "retire." Unexpected was another favorite. Just a perfectly crafted track and Wacko is only one the hook so that doesn't take away from the song. Emeritus is probably my favorite track. Face just rips the whole track to end the album w/o a chorus. Just classic Scarface on this. A huge step up from MADE. I'll have to listen to it more but it definitely could end up as one of the better albums of this year. I really hope Face continues to record because this is clear proof he hasn't lost a step. I'd love to see more K-Rino/Face collabs (maybe he'll be on K-Rino's new album) and I definitely want one of those collab albums he talked about. An album w/ Bun or Ice Cube would be really good.

That's the second single this week feat. Weezey!

What is so great about Lil Wayne? He was terrible in this song!


Born: November 9, 1970 in Houston, TX

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Scarface quickly became the South's most admired rapper and remained so throughout the '90s after breaking away from the Geto Boys to launch his solo career in 1991. Even if he never scored any national hits or stormed up the charts with any of his numerous albums throughout the '90s, no one could question his clout throughout the South. He essentially defined what it meant to be a Southern thug rapper years before anyone even coined the term Dirty South. This became glaringly evident in the late...
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