In a much-anticipated Tiny Desk Concert, Southern rap icon Scarface brought his classic hits to life, captivating the audience with a memorable performance. Accompanied by his longtime producer and collaborator Mike Dean, along with a live band and backing singers, the Geto Boys legend delivered stunning renditions of his timeless tracks.
Injecting his signature synths into the mix, Mike Dean added a distinctive touch to the performance, enhancing songs like “On My Block,” “Mary Jane,” “I Seen a Man Die,” and “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” The Texas native’s heartfelt tribute to 2Pac, following their 1997 collaboration “Smile,” resonated with the intimate crowd as he urged them to “save a prayer” for the late rap legend.
Making it a family affair, Scarface brought his son Bryce on stage towards the end of the set, showering him with praise as an “exceptional musician” surpassing his own talents. The Tiny Desk Concert, highly anticipated and hyped by series producer DJ Cuzzin B, lived up to expectations, earning the title of the “best hip-hop tiny desk” ever.
The rap legend’s appearance at NPR’s offices in Washington, D.C. fueled speculation, ultimately culminating in a remarkable addition to the long-running Tiny Desk Concert series, launched by NPR in 2008. Scarface joins the ranks of notable hip-hop artists who have graced the Tiny Desk, including Mac Miller, Anderson .Paak, and Tyler, The Creator.
Scarface’s performance marked a poignant moment in his storied career, reflecting on his 32-date farewell tour undertaken last year. The tour commemorated over three decades in hip-hop, with Scarface expressing gratitude for his son’s life-saving kidney donation, emphasizing the deep bond they share. As the curtain falls on this chapter of Scarface’s musical journey, the Tiny Desk Concert stands as a testament to his enduring impact on the world of rap.