While LL Cool J is using his longevity as a crutch in being the greatest of all time, and Dr. Dre is complaining over the thanks he’s getting for starting this "gangsta shit", there’s a rapper in the South that’s been around a long time himself. But instead of bickering and complaining, he’s just chilling and resting comfortably. For over a decade Scarface has been dropping hardcore tales that are not for the faint of heart. The rap world first took notice when he was a member of the Geto Boys and rhymed on the classic "My Mind’s Playing Tricks On Me." America has loved his powerful voice ever since, and continued to love him even more when he released hard hitting solo albums such as Untouchable, and the groundbreaking The Diary. That love affair continues as Scarface is back with his sixth solo effort, The Last Of A Dying Breed.
Dying Breed starts off with the title track that has Scarface recalling his nine months in the womb. The picture he paints is so eerie and grim that it’ll have you believing that you were in the delivery room to witness his birth. The autobiographicals continue on with "Look Me In My Eyes." Scarface exposes his soul on this and touches on everything from his constant preoccupation with death, to his experiences with the Bible. It’s rare to hear a rapper quote Bible scriptures with a force that leads to believe they actually understand what they’re saying.
The production meshes nicely with Scarface’s lyrics and leaves a feeling like that of ice water running through your veins.
The chills don’t stop there. All throughout …Dying Breed, Scarface keeps hitting you off with the grittiness that makes him one of the best storytellers in hip-hop. Songs like the aforementioned, and the chilling "Sorry For What" doesn’t just make you feel like you’re listening to Scarface, but it puts you in a position that makes you think that you are Scarface. It’s a scary feeling, but one you come to enjoy.
All is not gloom and coldness on the album though. Scarface brings in some special guests to bring forth new life on this piece. Redman and The Outlawz drop in on "And Yo" and don’t disappoint. Redman is his same funny and clever self as he mentions how women jump on his "limp biscuit", while The Outlawz flip things and come off with their usual venom. Too bad Jay-Z couldn’t live up to his standards as he lays down a very forgettable verse on "Get Out." The blowout guest appearance goes to Bun B of UGK on the KRS-One remake "They Down With Us." If you have ever in your life doubted the flow and lyricism of a down south rapper, Bun B immediately smacks that doubt out of your mouth with an iron hand. Not since Outkast have you heard a southern boy flow with such precision.
Last Of A Dying Breed is Scarface doing what he does best. Dope rhymes, gritty narratives, and hard-hitting music has been his goal ever since he was a bloody nose hustler checking his telephone for taps. That’s definitely a goal Scarface has no problem achieving.