Brad “Scarface” Jordan and The Geto Boys, helped put Houston on the map as a Southern hip-hop mecca.
Between 1987 and 1992, the rap group released three critically acclaimed albums, Making Trouble, Grip It! On That Other Level and We Can’t Be Stopped. The legendary group also arguably holds the title for one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me, according to Rolling Stone.
Heavily referenced as one of the best rappers to ever pick up a microphone, Scarface introduced his first solo project, Mr. Scarface is Back in 1991. The 13-track project, which included songs like “Money and Power” and “Born Killer,” earned him a certified gold plaque.
Two years later, the rapper followed up with The World Is Yours on Rap-A-Lot Records in 1993.
Released 28 years ago today, the album is regarded as Scarface’s most underrated project. Throughout the album, Scarface gives us an introspective look at his life, from his upbringing in the streets of 5th Ward in “Lettin’ Em Know” to police brutality on the track, “I’m Black” and his battle with depression on “The Wall.”
Inspired by the themes from Brian De Palma’s 1983 film, where the album got its name, The World Is Yours shows the duality of life in the ghetto and creates a space for more vulnerability in gangsta rap. The project's standout ballads "Let Me Roll,” became a Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1993.
Scarface produced the album alongside Rap-A-Lot’s N.O. Joe, James Smith, and John Bido who added to the album's G-funk sound. The group of producers would go on to help create much of the soundscape within Scarface’s extensive catalog.
Despite being a more undervalued album in his discography, The World Is Yours still achieved commercial success, breaking into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, and peaking at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop album chart. The sophomore effort was certified Gold by the RIAA on the 20th of October 1993.
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