It’s hard to think about gangsta rap without thinking of Scarface. He was a founding member of the beyond-seminal Geto Boys, and in his tenure as a solo artist made—as Chris Rock once pointed out—Mr. Scarface is Back, the album that predicated all the shit that Tupac and Biggie ever did. I spoke with Scarface on the phone as he was preparing for what was supposed to be his first ever New York solo show, which has since been postponed. Read on to see how it might have been my fault!
VICE: Where are you right now?
Scarface: I’m at the music store. I’m looking at guitars.
How long have you played?
Ever since I can remember. I’ve been playing for a long time, man. I play on a lot of my songs. I can play everything that can make a sound.
What drew you to rapping when you were younger?
It was an outlet, I guess. I wanted a way to express myself. My first love was rock and funk. Rap was an accident. I grew up in a band, dude. Everybody played something, and then rap came along, and I was probably twelve or thirteen before I realized how good I was. I was breaking into houses, robbing banks. What’d you say, buddy?