Behind Tha Scenes: Scarface

Imagine a rapper who has rapped alongside 2pac, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Nas, and Kendrick Lamar and I’m not talking that bs posthumous feature type deal. I’m talking been in the studio with them and recorded together. There is only one man on this planet that can say he has done that and that man is Brad Jordan aka Scarface.

Growing up in Houston’s South Acres, Scarface knew struggle from day one. Growing up poor in the ghetto and being exposed to hard drugs at a young age which included his uncle who Scarface says “Got high and never came down”. This drove Scarface into depression at such a young age. Around the age of twelve or thirteen he tried to commit suicide by slitting his wrists. Not long after that he was shipped off to the psych ward at Houston International Hospital.

After his release from the hospital Scarface moved out of his parents home, dropped out of high school, and moved in with producer John Bido. In his early rap career Scarface went by the name Dj Akshen, pronounced action. After recording the single “Scarface/Another head put to rest” he was offered a record deal from then fledgling record company Rap-A-Lot records and also joined the main group on the label the Geto Boys.

After being bolstered to the forefront of southern rap from his work with the Geto Boys, a  large part due to the controversy of their lyrics which included extreme violence and very explicit language, Scarface blasted out hit record after hit record during the 90’s. A few of them being Mr. Scarface is back, The Diary, and The Untouchable.

His biggest success, commercially and critically came in the early 2000’s. He dropped The Last Of A Dying Breed in 2000 and then dropped The Fix in 2002. Both of them are critically acclaimed and appear in many best rap albums lists.

It was during this time Scarface also climbed his way to the top of Def Jam South records. He brought in huge talent such as Ludacris and Young Jeezy. Then in 2007 he released his latest studio album Emeritus which received universal acclaim from the critics.

Scarface’s next album is currently slated to be released sometime this year. He said in an interview that he is going to pull a Beyonce and Drake and drop his album out of nowhere . We will just have to wait and see if it drops.

To get an idea of what this man is like off the mic check out his video below

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Artist of the Week: Scarface

For this weeks artist of the week we have the legendary Scarface. A member of the infamous Geto Boys Scarface joined their crew in 1988 and after releasing two albums with the Geto Boys he went on to release his debut studio album in 1991 titled “Mr. Scarface” to critical acclaim.

Many observe Scarface as one of the greatest rappers to come out of the south. His influence on the newer generation of rappers is astounding. He even has a song titled after his real name by Isaiah Rashad called Brad Jordan. Scarface is one of your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper to put it plain and simple.

Come back tomorrow as we are gonna go deeper into the life of Brad Jordan with our behind tha scenes article. Also check out this playlist we have compiled right below, just a little Scarface for you.

Album Review: Next to Nothing- Rittz

As promised we are back for todays artist of the week post. Today we are going to be reviewing Rittz’s latest album “Next to Nothing”.

First off this is the best album from Rittz yet, period. He FINALLY switches up his flow and I think that has taken him to the next level as a rapper. On his previous two cuts he has used the same mind warping, supersonic flow. It is great but only to a certain extent. When you begin to use the same flow in every song it tends to make the album run together a little bit and when the album runs together thats when listeners get lost and think they have been listening to the same track for thirty minutes.

The track “Blow” is a perfect example of this switch up Rittz shows on this album. The two of his verses are thirteen bars a piece with two hooks and the song clocks in at 3:43. The track “Turn Down” which has three verses that have fifteen, eighteen, and sixteen bars respectively, and four hooks clocks in at 4:11. Blow is pretty long to have that much less content, so this just shows Rittz can slow his flow down and glide over beats effortlessly.

Rittz also showcases his ability to story rap at blazing speeds. This characteristic stands out on the track “911”. The song has nothing to do with his life at all but it was a must have on the album I assume for him just based on how technical he raps on it. He throws down an 18 bar verse then a 19 bar verse respectively with two pre-hooks and two hooks in 3:23. Pretty damn quick if you ask me.

The variety of beats on this album also helps it out a lot. On his previous two albums Rittz’s instrumentals were all 808’s and bass, which there is nothing wrong with that because thats the kind of beats Rittz kills, but at the same time hearing him slaughter an acoustic beat like on “Going Through Changes” featuring Mike Posner is music to my ears (pun intended).

The album has a much smoother sound to it than his last two albums. “Crown Royal” and “Bounce” featuring Twista are both great examples of this sound i’m trying to describe. Think of the rich, mellow sound of a Ugk instrumental then sprinkle in bits of trap and you have the sound of this album.

I only have one problem with this album. It is a tad to long. I found myself losing a little interest near the end of the album, only to have my energy revitalized by the personal track “White Rapper”. If Rittz omits “In my Zone” featuring Mike Posner and B.o.B, “Wish You Could”, and “Turning up the Bottle” then puts “White Rapper” as the last track as sort of a “drop the mic” kind of thing, I think that would take this album from good to great. I feel like those songs don’t really bring much to the table. They aren’t necessarily fillers, but they just don’t fit with the album in my opinion.

This album puts you in the mind of Rittz. It is filled with stories of his struggles, past and present, how he lives his life, and what is important to him right now. So with a great set of features, good production, his chilling story telling ability, and some very clever and witty lyrics, Rittz is climbing up the list of up and coming rappers. He hasn’t had to be anything but himself to put him and that position and that is one huge thing i respect about the man. I give this album an 8/10

Below I have linked in a few songs from “Next to Nothing”. Hope you all enjoy!

Rittz: Behind tha Scenes

Jonathan McCollum aka, Rittz, was born in Waynesburg, Pennslyvania. When he was eight years old he moved to the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, more specifically the North Side. This is where the story of Rittz begins.

He began writing raps when he was 12 years old. Some of his biggest influences early on were OutKast and Goodie Mob. He had a rough road until 2009. It included living in the ghetto, being poor, and working 9-5’s at many different restaurants; he even contemplated quitting rap altogether at one point, but in 2009 he was introduced to the man that would change his life Michael Atha aka, Yelawolf. Yela put him on the song “Box Chevy 3” off of the EP “Trunk Muzik 0-60” and it was success from there.

After “Box Chevy 3” Rittz went on to put out his debut mixtape “White Jesus” which received overall good reviews.  From there Rittz put out his debut album in April of 2013 “The Life and Times of Johnny Valiant” which produced the hits “Switch Lanes” and “Like I Am”. That album was also met with good reviews from the critics. That leads us up to his latest album, “Next to Nothing”…

Come back tomorrow and check out our review for “Next to Nothing”! To hold you all over I have a link below giving you a little look at the man under the beanie and behind the shades.

Artist of the Week

What’s up guys? I’m back at it again today after a couple days of no posts. Today is the start of something new here at The Trill Times, THE FIRST ARTIST OF THE WEEK POST! Every Sunday we will have a different artist and throughout the week we will share their bio, albums, songs, and just badass information about them in general.

This weeks artist comes straight outta ATL. It’s Rittz, bitch! One of my favorite artists to come out of Atlanta. Whether it’s his supersonic flow or his great storytelling ability there is no beat safe when this man is in the booth.