Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap

Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap


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One of Rolling Stone’s Best Music Books of 2015

From Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance. 
Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose hits include "On My Block," "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" and "Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta" (made famous in the cult film Office Space). The former president of Def Jam South, he's collaborated with everyone from Kanye West, Ice Cube and Nas, and had many solo hits such as "Guess Who's Back" feat. Jay-Z and "Smile" feat. Tupac. But before that, he was a kid from Houston in love with rock-and-roll, listening to AC/DC and KISS.

In Diary of a Madman, Scarface shares how his world changed when he heard Run DMC for the first time; how he dropped out of school in the ninth grade and started selling crack; and how he began rapping as the new form of music made its way out of New York and across the country. It is the account of his rise to the heights of the rap world, as well as his battles with his own demons and depression. Passionately exploring and explaining the roots and influences of rap culture, Diary of a Madman is the story of hip-hop-the music, the business, the streets, and life on the south side Houston, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062302649
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 138,628
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Brad Scarface Jordan has released eleven solo albums and seven albums with gangsta rap pioneers the Geto Boys. He is a producer and record executive, the former president of Def Jam South, and Rap-A-Lot Records, which was one of the most successful independent rap labels of all time. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Benjamin Meadows-Ingram has served as the music editor of Billboard and as the executive editor of VIBE. Originally from Memphis, he is an accomplished writer and editor and has written extensively about southern rap.

Table of Contents

Foreword Chuck D vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Southside

1 Mind Playing Tricks on Me 5

2 The Foundation 9

3 Rock Box 13

4 Mind of a Lunatic 17

5 Dope Game, Cocaine 21

6 Just Call Me Scarface 25

7 Money and the Power 31

Part 2 We Can't be Stopped

8 Making Trouble 39

9 Trigga Happy Niggas 45

10 I'm Black 53

11 That Other Level 59

12 Rebel Rap Family 67

13 Chuckie 71

14 Mr. Scarface Is Back 75

Part 3 The Diary

15 Houston and Hip-H op 83

16 Diary of a Madman 91

17 I Seen a Man Die 95

18 Hand of the Dead Body 103

19 Till Death Do Us Part 111

20 Strictly for the Funk Lovers 119

21 The Diary 127

Part 4 The Good, the Bad & The Ugly

22 The Resurrection 137

23 Smile 145

24 The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 155

25 The Last of a Dying Breed 165

26 The G-Code 171

Part 5 Back for the first Time

27 Southern Hospitality 181

28 The Fix 191

29 Underground Railroad Movement 199

30 Deeply Rooted 207

31 American Justice 213

32 Guess Who's Back 219

Acknowledgments 221

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Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a huge Scarface fan I was excited to read about his life. This book did not let me down. Face kept it real and gave you the details on his life and career in a way that only he could
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been a huge fan of Scarface since day 1 and being from the Midwest I always felt like he was spitting rhymes that were similar to what I lived in Milwaukee. He's an inspiration to a generations and this book shed some light on the man behind the legend. Salute to the true King of the South and a top 5 artist in my book!