Brad Jordan, better known by his stage name Scarface (born November 9, 1970), is an American rapper from Houston, Texas and a member of the Geto Boys. He is originally from South Park, Houston.
Scarface began his career as Akshen recording solo for Lil' Troy's Short Stop Records, a local label in Houston. After releasing the 12” single “Scarface,” he would go on to sign with Rap-A-Lot Records and join a group who were collectively known as Geto Boys replacing, and released the group's second album “Grip It! On That Other Level” in 1989.
His debut album, “Mr. Scarface Is Back,” was released in 1991 and peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #13 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA in 1993.
His second effort, “The World Is Yours” was released in 1993 breaking into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, and peaking at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. “Let Me Roll” became a Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1993. The album was certified gold by the RIAA in 1993.
“The Diary,” his third album, was released in 1994 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Two singles were released from the album, “Hand of the Dead Body,” which featured Ice Cube and Devin the Dude and peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, while “I Seen a Man Die” peaked at #37, becoming his first Top 40 hit.
His fourth album, “The Untouchable” was released in 1997 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in his career. The effort included the smash hit single, “Smile,” featuring Tupac Shakur. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the only single released by Scarface to go gold. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1997.
A double album, “My Homies,” was released in 1998. The album featured production by Mike Dean, Mr. Lee, N.O. Joe, Scarface and Tone Capone. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at #4 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1998. The album featured guest performances by Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, Devin the Dude, B-Legit, UGK, Too Short, Do or Die and Willie D.
“The Last of a Dying Breed,” his sixth solo album, was released in 2000. The album included the singles “Look Me in My Eyes” and “It Ain't, Pt. 2.” The album reached #7 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The song, “They Down with Us” was a remake of the Boogie Down Productions classic, “I'm Still #1.”
Scarface’s seventh album, “The Fix” was released in 2002 and was his first on the Def Jam Recordings label. Scarface became the president of Def Jam South the year before the release of this album. Guests included Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Nas, Faith Evans and WC. The album became his fourth #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart while peaking at #4 on the Billboard 200.
“Balls and My Word,” his eighth studio album, was released in 2003 through Rap-a-Lot Records. Rap-a-Lot CEO, James Prince organized a studio album of unreleased songs recorded by Scarface that were outtakes from previous albums. The album failed to match the success of Scarface's previous album, becoming only a minor success, having peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200.
His ninth studio album, “My Homies Part 2,” was released as a double album in 2006. It was a success, having made it to #12 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
“Made,” his tenth studio album, was released in 2007 and was both critically and commercially successful, making it to #17 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.One single was released, “Girl You Know” featuring R&B singer, Trey Songz, which became a minor hit on the R&B charts.
His eleventh studio album, “Emeritus,” was released in 2008. Scarface stated that it was his final studio album. The album debuted at #24 on the Billboard 200.