Scarface
The Fix


4.0
excellent

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
April 27th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Scarface gets away from what he usually does but there’s enough here for longtime fans to get their 'Fix'

Scarface is unflappable, how does he react to the constant hassling by the DEA and FBI? By naming his seventh solo album The Fix and including the liner notes in a little plastic baggie. If you’re familiar with Scarface’s music, this reaction should come as no surprise, growing up in Houston’s 5th Ward, his raps reflect his tough upbringing, vivid street tales and crime narratives that have made him one of hip-hop’s most respected artists.

So after being named the president of Def Jam South Scarface was bound to mellow out a bit right? Well he definitely approaches this album like a business man with a few radio-friendly tracks and R&B-ish songs. The multiple guest spots are nothing new with Scarface since he’s collaborated with just about every rapper you can think of but leave it to Akshen to have both Nas and Jay-Z on his album at the height of their feud.

The first proper track ‘Safe’ is a bluesy track with great horn stabs produced by China Black (?) over which Scarface spits his usual hood tales in his own unique manner, it might be nothing new but he can do it better than most. Kanye West contributes a few beats, the Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel feature ‘Guess Who’s Back’ and the outstanding “In Cold Blood’ featuring Kanye’s trademark soulful style. ‘In Between Us’ features a great guest spot from Nas, produced by Scarface himself and his longtime contributor Mike Dean, it also features vocals by unknown Tanya Herron who’s beautiful voice really makes this song memorable.

Scarface working with the Neptunes seems very unusual and the result is predictable, an awful mish-mash made even cheesier with Faith Evans singing the hook for ‘Someday.’ The track ‘Heaven’ shows ‘Face’s softer side, talking about love and religion, a bit surprising coming from someone who has so much violence in his lyrics but he somehow pulls it off. The Fix is very front heavy with the more radio friendly tracks in the second half. The first half is remarkable but in an effort to broaden his fanbase, ‘Face softens his approach and might leave longtime fans scratching their heads.

The long list of producers detracts from the album’s cohesiveness, something that had always been evident in Scarface’s albums. Having Kelly Price, Faith Evans and the Neptunes is not something you would’ve expected from Scarface but sometimes you need to make some concessions to sell albums. The Fix somewhat finds a balance between the more commercially orientated material and the crime tales we have come to expect. This is less of Scarface the Geto Boy and more of Brad Jordan the businessman.

Recommended tracks:
Safe
In Cold Blood
In Between Us



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somberlain
April 27th 2010


2121 Comments


5 mics in The Source? I don't think so

Bulldog
April 27th 2010


3796 Comments


good review.

i need to get into some scarface/geto boys.

somberlain
April 27th 2010


2121 Comments


"i need to get into some scarface/geto boys"

you really do check out:
Geto Boys-We Can't Be Stopped
Scarface-Mr. Scarface is Back
Scarface-The Diary

MUNGOLOID
April 27th 2010


4351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

in this day and age, i don't think the 5 mic rating matters much in hip hop any more.

somberlain
April 27th 2010


2121 Comments


yeah I know MUNGOLOID, it stopped mattering a looong time ago

MUNGOLOID
April 27th 2010


4351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they must have abandoned it entirely after they gave it to lil kim.

somberlain
April 27th 2010


2121 Comments


haha! they really should've
but the whole Benzino thing and giving out high ratings just KILLED their credibility

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010


31620 Comments


i need to get into some scarface/geto boys.

And you call yourself a hip hop fan, for shame....

What do you think i'm gonna say next Sombs?

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

somberlain
April 27th 2010


2121 Comments


you'll either say you would school him on hip-hop or give a long-ass list of recs?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


31620 Comments


Nope, it is.....

Hey look, a pos

somberlain
April 28th 2010


2121 Comments


well yeah, I should've known
thx Dev

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


31620 Comments


Pretty surprised how good his last album turned out. You heard Emeritus?

somberlain
April 28th 2010


2121 Comments


just bits and pieces.
what's your rating for it?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


31620 Comments


a 4 haha

somberlain
April 28th 2010


2121 Comments


so better than this?
well I'll have to give it more of a chance then

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


31620 Comments


Yeah, its a really solid record man. Well worth your time

Inveigh
April 28th 2010


25199 Comments


great review, I'm a check this out. Pos'd. I've only heard In Cold Blood and In Between Us, but they're both pretty bomb.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

JulesWin
April 28th 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

someone needs to review a Geto Boys album now

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


31620 Comments


Off you go then

JulesWin
April 29th 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is that a challenge Deviant?

you'll be sorry when you see a shitty-ass JulesWin review!



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