Scarface
Emeritus


4.0
excellent

Review

by kingsoby1 EMERITUS
December 1st, 2008 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Closing the diary a made man, king of the southern game.

At its fundamental level, Emeritus is a continuation of the consistency for which Scarface is known – there is absolutely no retirement-party-magnum-opus to be had here. Trading fond recollection and reverie for a soapbox-stance on a veritable mélange of significant hiphop topics proves effective. That is, ‘Face isn’t bogged down by the conventional pressure to prove one’s worth; twenty years at the mic have already done that, with multiple gold and platinum albums, business and label success, and (most importantly) influence on a budding southern rap culture.

Appealing to the entire country is no easy task, yet Scarface succeeds brilliantly with his team’s well-crafted compositions – ranging from the established southern roots of “Can’t Get Right”, to the west coast funk of “High Note”, to the boom-bap of “It’s Not A Game”, Emeritus runs the hiphop gamut and does so effectively. It’s important to especially note the production skills of longtime ‘Face faithful N.O. Joe; without his distinct style on cuts like “High Powered”, there’s no way to tell where Scarface would be today. Nottz puts on an impressive performance, as does Jake One – his participation here and the recent White Van Music will hopefully garner him some of the mainstream respect he deserves.

Upon first listen, the root of “favorite rapper’s favorite rapper” claims is obvious; the binding agent here is definitely Scarface’s gift for enhancing any atmosphere with his sharp flow and wit. “High Powered” lends the thought that Lil Troy might just disappear someday, amidst the reggae influence of Papa Rue. ‘Face would have you believe the new breed of mainstream youth have no respect for the trade; of course, Weezy is the exception here on “Forgot About Me”, elucidating the return of the great alongside Bun-B. Contrived political rap-techniques are immortalized these days, as many suggest the government is playing some type of complex mind tricks on the public. Instead, Scarface expounds simple, yet genuine perspectives on pharmaceutical corruption, materialism, and street life. The content of Emeritus is easily relatable for most and specifically designed to be accessible to all.

Scarface leaves the game with the same success and acclaim he’s always had; there aren’t many artists in the world today that can vaunt more than eleven (official and unofficial) critically revered releases. Paling Paper Trails and Theater of the Mind in comparison, Emeritus is easily the southern hiphop album of the year. In an age of pseudo-retirements, ‘Face’s final foray stands out from the rest; a man impassioned by his work and dedicated for twenty years is leaving the solo game, and he will be missed.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 2nd 2008


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

makin you hit the high note...

bustyagunz
December 2nd 2008


911 Comments


sweet review. i hope youre gonna be contributing a lot of rap, site lacks man

bastard
December 2nd 2008


3432 Comments


pretty good review other than a few missed italics.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 2nd 2008


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, fixed. gunz, ill probably write a lot more hiphop in the future, i suppose.

yeah, uncle face started sputnikmusic.com

bastard
December 2nd 2008


3432 Comments


this needs moar attention cuz Scareface is the man.

bustyagunz
December 2nd 2008


911 Comments


ive never heard anything knowingly by this guy, although ive heard of him for sure. not too keen on southern hip hop but if i have time ill give it a shot.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 2nd 2008


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you basically have to listen to this, or ill e-slap you.

check this and cunninlynguists - dirty acres at the very minimum... if you still dislike southern hiphop after, i'll leave you alone.

rasputin
December 2nd 2008


14968 Comments


Great review. Not my type of music, but I love your writing style.

badtaste
December 2nd 2008


824 Comments


Ditto. Very nicely written. Good work on the contributor promotion as well.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 2nd 2008


3912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Luuurrvee this album.

AggravatedYeti
December 2nd 2008


7684 Comments


cool

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 2nd 2008


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bruhs.

hopefully my poke at immortal technique and jmt wasn't too obvious

robin
Emeritus
December 2nd 2008


4522 Comments


this review is brilliant, nice 7th :p

cvlts
December 2nd 2008


9494 Comments


trying to get back into quality hiphop, so ill definately pick this up

dub sean
December 2nd 2008


1002 Comments


okay you've convinced me to get this

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 2nd 2008


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's the goal.

especially since it's lucky number 7.

dub sean
December 2nd 2008


1002 Comments


How do you have 7 reviews and you're a contributor, yet I have 30-some and I'm not?

bastard
December 2nd 2008


3432 Comments


you haven't really been reviewing recently dub.

plus kingsoby is really really good, not saying you aren't, but he probably stood out in the crowd.

Bleak123
December 2nd 2008


1900 Comments


i wish i was good enough for contributor status after 6 reviews, man i'm jealous

bastard
December 2nd 2008


3432 Comments


don't down yourself Bleak, you're easily one of the better reviewers at your level.This Message Edited On 12.02.08



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