He's enjoyed 20-plus years in the industry, and with the collaborative album Mac & Brad with Beanie Sigel in the works, it looks like Scarface won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Now, in a recent interview with Complex, Face Mob breaks down his extensive discography.
Scarface discussed his relationship with New York veteran Jay-Z, who he met in Los Angeles while recording The Last of a Dying Breed. He recalled being stunned by the incredible speed with which Hov recorded his lyrics, not realizing that the Brooklyn rhymer never physically wrote his lyrics.
“I met Jay-Z in 1998 or 1999. I was recording The Last of a Dying Breed and Jay-Z was out there doing something in L.A. and I met him," he recalled. "Jay-Z came in to lay a couple records down for me. He was so damn fast it was sick the shit that he did. For the longest I thought he had pre-written shit and he would drop that down. But as time went on, I realized he was a freak of nature. He can hear a beat three times, listen to the beat ride once all the way through, and then lay his verse. I’ll be at the board writing my verse and he’ll already be gone. He’ll come in there sit, chat, and laugh, and then the beat will come on and he’ll write that shit in the middle of a conversation. The music will be playing and he’ll zero in and be like, ‘Ooh, ooh,’ and then lay that shit.”