Scarface - "The Fix" - hip hop album of the year or what?

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So it's got gorgeous soulful production reminiscent of, but not aping, the Blueprint with really strong tracks from Kanye West and the Neptunes (the latter a little out of character for their recent input). The whole album has a beautifully rounded feel with a balance between thuggery and sensitivity.

And it has a hot verse from Nas on it! "In between us" is the best thing he's been on it years! And what a hook, too.

The whole album is full of melodies. Dripping with 'em. Saturated, even - milkmen could actually whistle it.

And all that from an ex-Geto boy too.

Jacob (Jacob), Thursday, 28 November 2002 23:15 (sixteen years ago) link

i really like "my block" (helps that i saw it first as a music vid) and "in between us" (the nas verse does bust out with both fists up, it's like maybe the best thing i've ever heard by him)(ps i haven't heard a whole lotta nas). the faith hill neptunes thing did less for me, but it's pretty enough in the ol' neps light acoustic guitar + thump kinda way i suppose. haven't heard the rest. i really just wanted to answer this thread so i could predict that s. trife's gonna say something snarky about melody-saturation.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Thursday, 28 November 2002 23:39 (sixteen years ago) link

I love "My Block"

James Blount (James Blount), Friday, 29 November 2002 01:12 (sixteen years ago) link

haha Mitch, I totally don't think you mean Faith Hill

Anyway, I was told I was a tokenist for buying it, but I'm pretty sure it's good. I love "Guess Who's Back".

Adam A. (Keiko), Friday, 29 November 2002 01:56 (sixteen years ago) link

haha oops 2am brainmelt, faith evans obv. tho i half wish i was right.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Friday, 29 November 2002 10:27 (sixteen years ago) link

i see from the amazon review that it has "catchy piano riffs, deep jazz tunes and mellow baselines (sic)."

oh well, that's another £15 saved then.

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 29 November 2002 12:24 (sixteen years ago) link

i see from the amazon review that it has "catchy piano riffs, deep jazz tunes and mellow baselines (sic)."

oh well, that's another £15 saved then.

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 29 November 2002 12:25 (sixteen years ago) link

30!

Josh (Josh), Friday, 29 November 2002 18:50 (sixteen years ago) link

ha mellow baselines! save em for electroclash

bob zemko (bob), Friday, 29 November 2002 19:43 (sixteen years ago) link

maybe the reviewer had it confused with that Alicia Keys character.

Dave M. (rotten03), Friday, 29 November 2002 19:52 (sixteen years ago) link

"catchy piano riffs, deep jazz tunes and mellow baselines (sic)."

I promise you it has none of those things. The beats are more soul than funk, but I think it fits what Scarface has become--more laid-back, though not without an element of menace. He's also remarkably gentle with the tracks, he could easily crush any beat with the Badass Scarface Flow.

adam (adam), Saturday, 30 November 2002 14:21 (sixteen years ago) link

"Guess Who's Back" is fucking fantastic, although basically it's just a harder flipside to "This Can't Be LIfe", which is fine by me. i'm tempted to get the CD just for that track, or maybe the recent Greatest Hits, not sure which would be a better investment. how many Kanye tracks are on The Fix?

i hate to hurt Face's ILM cred with this revelation, but this morning I saw him on MTV Cribs and he held up a Coldplay CD on-camera...

Al (sitcom), Saturday, 30 November 2002 21:07 (sixteen years ago) link

what did he say about it??!

dave k, Saturday, 30 November 2002 21:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Scarface is a big Pink Floyd fan. He has the box set. This is a bit of trivia that may only be interesting to me. Also, he refers to Coldplay as "his dawgs".

I like the new record, but the Geto Boys were better.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Saturday, 30 November 2002 21:52 (sixteen years ago) link

its aight

s trife (simon_tr), Saturday, 30 November 2002 22:07 (sixteen years ago) link

keiko, for getting me to buy this, I kiss you. tokenist solidarity!

but you were slightly untruthful to marcello - 'my block' has a piano riff! and it might be er soulful. but it's really nice. and er I think I just heard another piano. oh my god and a weird warbly noise!

Josh (Josh), Sunday, 1 December 2002 02:51 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, all those descriptive terms are sort of true, but the cumulative
effect is pretty different than the album. i think the album has like 4 or 5 killer tracks; also, scarface's voice is amazing throughout. but i don't think that makes it album of the year or anything.

dave k, Sunday, 1 December 2002 04:05 (sixteen years ago) link

also j bluuuuunt i was listening to guess whos back in the headphones right when you walked up at huddle house that last time!!

s trife (simon_tr), Sunday, 1 December 2002 04:13 (sixteen years ago) link

inevitably i have now heard it. "in between us" is great but mostly for (a) tanya herron's stoned to the point of collapse vocals; and (b) the long instrumental break during which the song nearly turns into "moon safari" period Air. "on the block" has a great charlie brown/Welcome Back Kotter-type piano riff (Roberta Flack, according to the sleeve) and "guess who's back" w. j-hova and b. sigel is pretty good as well. always good to hear the uncle remus voice of the only geto boy still in possession of a career, even though he doth protest too much about roots and b*tch*s. at least 2-3 other good tracks on it as well (not sure abt the neptunes one yet).

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 2 December 2002 08:16 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

this album is so utterly classic. some of my favorite production ever, and even on the cheesy preachy sentimental songs, Face somehow manages to sound sincere and make me care.

bernard snowy, Monday, 30 July 2007 21:57 (twelve years ago) link

Face somehow manages to sound sincere and make me care.

-- bernard snowy, Monday, July 30, 2007 9:57 PM (14 seconds ago) Bookmark Link

= his whole career tho!

deej, Monday, 30 July 2007 21:59 (twelve years ago) link

"On My Block" = still my favorite hip-hop single of this millenium

Tape Store, Monday, 30 July 2007 22:39 (twelve years ago) link

tape store give me a high five right. now.

bernard snowy, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 00:26 (twelve years ago) link

high five

Tape Store, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 00:30 (twelve years ago) link

hi-five

The Reverend, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 04:54 (twelve years ago) link

this was so not the album of any year.

titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 10:39 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

just found a sealed copy of "on my block" b/w "guess who's back" in my vinyl collection

if you spin this record in the summer and don't feel it then congratulations you are 100% dead inside

J0hn D., Wednesday, 2 July 2008 00:44 (eleven years ago) link

i was just listening to this 10 times yesterday!

Tape Store, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 00:50 (eleven years ago) link

"On My Block," that is

Tape Store, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 00:50 (eleven years ago) link

rules

jhøshea, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 01:15 (eleven years ago) link

ALBUM OF THE YEAR! MAAAN Lil' Wayne better shuffle on with his tear drop tatts and shit.
ex-Geto boy too
Did you mean ghetto or gepetto or gestapo? Its unclear...

VeronaInTheClub, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 01:19 (eleven years ago) link

I think he meant GETO BOY, genius:

http://img.lavamus.com/images/bio/3126.jpg

some dude, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 01:27 (eleven years ago) link

this was so not the album of any year.

-- titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:39 AM (11 months ago) Bookmark Link

this guy never ceases to amaze me

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 01:42 (eleven years ago) link

What's a tokenist?

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 07:27 (eleven years ago) link

"about roots and b*tch*s."

---now that's precious.

Niles Caulder, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 07:37 (eleven years ago) link

eight months pass...

This album is impossible* to get. I must have listened to Guess Who's Back like a bazillion times though, back when my music listening consisted of taping the tracks Westwood played and listening to nothing else (except also what Trevor Nelson/Dreem Team also played) all week.

*ok, have not looked that hard.

silly ho (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 19 March 2009 19:17 (ten years ago) link

amazon has it

be on the treadmill - uh! - like OK GO (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 19 March 2009 19:28 (ten years ago) link

spotify has it. dude you could listen to it RIGHT NOW

just sayin, Thursday, 19 March 2009 21:39 (ten years ago) link

man we love spotify on my block.

silly ho (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:04 (ten years ago) link

i see from the amazon review that it has "catchy piano riffs, deep jazz tunes and mellow baselines (sic)."
oh well, that's another £15 saved then.

― Marcello Carlin, Friday, November 29, 2002 7:24 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

i know this goes without saying but Marcello is a weird dude, huh

hahaha sorry all you music-hippies (some dude), Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:38 (ten years ago) link

yes

14 karat gold steen computer wizard (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:40 (ten years ago) link

"gold steen"

are u jewish now?

The Reverend, Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:43 (ten years ago) link

waht

14 karat gold steen computer wizard (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:00 (ten years ago) link

lol

@diplo DUB STEP!! GET DA FUCK UP!!! (deej), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:14 (ten years ago) link

slow_burner.gif

14 karat gold steen computer wizard (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:18 (ten years ago) link

if u didnt get that it sounds like maybe youve been smoking a few too many slow burners big hoos the stonedriver

@diplo DUB STEP!! GET DA FUCK UP!!! (deej), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:26 (ten years ago) link

hahaha

The Reverend, Friday, 20 March 2009 00:30 (ten years ago) link

googling the phrase stoned river is really a treat

14 karat gold steen computer wizard (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:40 (ten years ago) link

album's ok - not insanely amazing or anything

baaderonixx, Friday, 20 March 2009 08:37 (ten years ago) link

always spsect that it's made to be played outside during a sunny afternoon

baaderonixx, Friday, 20 March 2009 08:37 (ten years ago) link

which I've never done, so what do I know

baaderonixx, Friday, 20 March 2009 08:38 (ten years ago) link

baan

Lyndsay NAGL (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 20 March 2009 08:39 (ten years ago) link

Up through "In Between Us" this is pretty much better than anything else.

clotpoll, Friday, 20 March 2009 18:17 (ten years ago) link

the piano line in "My Block" has been stuck in my head since i got up this morning

better that than the piano line from "Allure" i guess

20 HOOS poppin steens on kawasakis (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Sunday, 22 March 2009 21:28 (ten years ago) link

dont get that post -- 'my block' is a great piano line to have in your head

allure isnt really a bad song either imo

@diplo DUB STEP!! GET DA FUCK UP!!! (deej), Monday, 23 March 2009 21:38 (ten years ago) link

"my block" is def the best song on this album, followed closely by "guess who's back." i don't think I've listened to this album in like 4 years though

never really loved it

dont get that post -- 'my block' is a great piano line to have in your head

allure isnt really a bad song either imo

― @diplo DUB STEP!! GET DA FUCK UP!!! (deej), Monday, March 23, 2009 9:38 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

both great imo just a little grating to have in the head all day

20 HOOS poppin steens on kawasakis (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 23 March 2009 22:58 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

Rapper Scarface announces run for Houston City Council seat https://t.co/g1z2jk0VHn

— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) June 10, 2019

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 02:37 (three months ago) link


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