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Scarface (Rapper)

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The seven best shows in Denver this weekend

    It was kind of cold and crappy this week, but that was just a way to enhance your appreciation for this weekend, which is supposed to be the kind of beautiful where cartoon birds appear from trees. Ride your bike to one of these shows:

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    The Westword Music Showcase ticket contest

    Update(s): We've picked a winner for questions number one and two. So far we've somewhat arbitrarily given tickets to people who have suggested that a great music scene needs radio support and that the best thing about Denver's music scene is that everyone from "budtenders" to businessmen go to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    How I accidentally became a drug dealer

    In his new column, award-winning goofball Shea Serrano, whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book, writes about his life and times. The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is the regular definition version, rather than the high definitio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Horrorcore: From Esham to Hopsin, a look at the history of rap's most terrifying subgenre

    When somebody bathes in blood and guts, swings from hanging bodies or sews together dismembered parts -- that's horror. And so naturally when rappers embody this realm, it's called horrorcore. But true horror is more than blood and guts; it is bewilderment in happenings that occur beyond an ordinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Kanye West's American Psycho parody with Scott Disick makes me laugh, even if it's not supposed to

    Last week Kanye West dropped a promotional video for his Yeezus album in the form of a (comedic?) tribute to the film American Psycho. The clip is a near mirror image of the unforgettable scene in which Christian Bale axes Jared Leto after torturing him with a pedantic speech about the genius of Hue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Geto Boys at the Summit Music Hall, 6/14/13

    GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 6/14/13 Stepping on stage with an eager swagger, lead by Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy," Scarface was the first of the Geto Boys to greet the crowd. The rapper, who visited Denver on his own last fall, announced that all three member of the outfit were in the bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time: 50-26

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    The ten greatest East Coast rappers of all time

    The East Coast, particularly New York, is the mecca of hip-hop. It's birthplace and still the most reliable source for pure, uncut, unadulterated rap music. Chronicling the great MCs from the region would result in a list of hundreds. Ranking the top ten proves somewhat limiting, but it's also an en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    The ten most underrated rappers of all time

    What contributes to a rapper's underrated status? Is it the unwillingness to compromise? The inability to compromise? An early demise? Bad promotion? Possibly all of these things and more? Whatever the case, with these rappers, it's certainly not for a lack of talent. We put together a list of the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Here's what the Denver Nuggets are listening to

    On Friday night, I had the chance to chop it up with some of the Denver Nuggets in the locker room before they completely whooped ass on the Brooklyn Nets. With the exception of my two favorite players (who evidently don't do interviews before a game, as they both tersely informed me), everybody was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: Complete list

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Going through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week, we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining rap lyrics to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: 50-26

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Culling through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining the fifty best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    The 20 most coveted Colorado music-industry jobs: The complete list with five new profiles

    In our series of coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, we've covered a range of jobs, from guitar tech and handling publicity to being tasked with overseeing digital music delivery from a vast electronic music catalog to band management. Today, we complete our list of the most coveted Colorado music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    The ten best movies featuring rappers

    Wu-Tang has been immersed in kung-fu for so long, it was inevitable that one member of the Clan would make a major appearance in a martial arts movie at some point. The RZA appeared briefly in Ghost Dog in 1999, but only for a passing moment, though he did produce the soundtrack. In The Man with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Ten essential gangsta rap albums

    Many hip-hop fans, those who love rap -- hell, even some rappers -- have an aversion to gangsta rap for its objectionable content. Common named the rise of gangsta rap as one of the many steps in hip-hop's downfall in "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a sentiment that, of course, began a contentious relation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    In honor of Amendment 64: Ten stoner anthems, overt hip-hop odes to Mary Jane

    Today's election marks a potentially monumental day for our state. With Amendment 64 on the ballot, Colorado is on the cusp of being the first state to regulate marijuana like alcohol. In honor of what could be a historic moment in the legislative annals of the Centennial State, we've compiled ten o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Our top five spins this week, September 24-30

    In this very special edition of Heavy Rotation, you not only get a through-the-keyhole view of our musical proclivities, but you also get a few words from us on our top pick of the week. Keep reading to find out what Mark Sanders considers musical comfort food, why Kelsey Whipple can't think of Spac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Backbeat's five most listened-to songs and albums, week of September 5, 2012

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be too surprising to find that the most common (and our mutually favorite) topic of conversation among all of us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and boy, wouldn't you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    The 50 worst sports movies of all time

    Slap Shot 2: Number 28.​The sports movie is rarely versatile: an outsider, or group of outsiders (wrong race, wrong gender, wrong species), have uncanny talent in their field, but the old guard (typically, white, old men), don't like the change the new person represents. So the rebels have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    DJ Premier on having a humble respect for the game and going back to using the old slang

    Catch DJ Premier this Saturday at City Hall for Shoe Shine 7​DJ Premier is one of the greatest producers of all time. Ask anyone. He's a trailblazing pioneer that has influenced pretty much every hip-hop producer and beat maker doing it. Maintaining longevity unlike any producer or DJ in his l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2011

    King Mob, Modern Witch, Married in Berdichev and Hideous Men at The Meadowlark 2/4/11

    Tom MurphyKing Mob​ Most people who have seen Ben Martin perform have probably seen him as a guitarist and singer in experimental rock band Lil Slugger. But for last night's show he teamed up with his brother Sam for a duo that made some legitimately soulful synth pop. Turns out Ben is a tale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Meet Julox, a southern gentleman with a distinctive Colorado flow that's all his own

    ​ Julox, a southern native who relocated to Aurora in 1991 is a busy man. With more than twenty projects already under his belt and eight more on the way, including a joint project with UGK records, this dedicated rapper is proving that he truly is trill. Although he draws inspiration from sp ... More >>

  • Music

    May 6, 2010

    Devin the Dude

    Tuesday, May 11, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    The Chain Gang of 1974, Jónsi, Wire Faces and more top our weekly playlists

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    RIP Guru, gone at the age of 43

    ​ By now you've heard about the loss of Keith "Keithy E" Elam, aka Guru, who passed away yesterday. If you're reading this right now, you're probably grappling with the tremendous loss of Guru and reflecting on the monumental impact he had on rap music -- despite the fact that he never really ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Q&A with Time

    ​Time, aka Chris Steele, has been involved in the Denver hip-hop scene for over a decade, and his current and future collaborators include Sole of the Anticon collective, Talib Kweli, Drake, Kool Keith and C-Rayz Walz. The snarkier hip-hop aficionados refer to the form Time writes and performs as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Axe Murder Boys due at 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos

    Have you seen this? The infomercial for the "most controversial music festival in the world," the 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos? Redamndiculous. Everywhere you look, as host Sugar Slam so eloquently puts it, there's some different shit popping off. Indeed. They should call this little shind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: On Point, Lil Wayne, Scarface, Common

    Common's new album drops in December -- and he's already talking about the next one. LOCALS ONLY Hip-hop group On Point, which now consists of Flawless and Fo-Chief, formed back in 2004, but it really didn’t get noticed locally until when they released their album, D-Town Extravaganza, last yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Black Hollywood, Lil Kim, Naughty By Nature, Eminem

    The best rapper ever? Vibe readers think so. LOCALS ONLY Metropolitan State College of Denver’s radio station, MetRadio, has been around over a decade, and according to Colorado emcee D.O. it has barely featured any hip-hop. He’s looking to change that, by launching a hip-hop show called “B ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2008

    Julox

    Catfish, Shrimp-n-French Fries
    Ugly Azz Entertainment

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: 25 Colorado Rappers Spit on One Song

    Joe Thunder isn’t known for his skills behind the mic. He isn’t known for creating hot beats either. He’s more likely to just listen to records than mix and scratch them. And you’ll catch him nodding his head before he’d bust out in a backspin. So what does Joe Thunder really do? He’s a ... More >>

  • Film

    April 10, 2008

    Street Kings

    Boys will be boys in Street Kings' shallow look at dirty police.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2008
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    December 26, 2007

    Best 2007 - Houston: Teeing Off with Scarface

    As touted in this week's Backbeat, music editors from across the country asked luminaries from our respective towns to tell us what music they loved this year. Their picks appear below and on the subsequent pages. Remember how everyone thought Snoop Dogg wearing golf gear in 2004's Starsky & Hutc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Pimp C, Free at Last: Remembering a Down South Legend

    I came late to the UGK party. I was out of the country for much of their rise from 1992-1995, and then I lived in Nashville, where their legend had not yet spread, until the end of 1997. Even after moving back to Houston, it took me a few years to come around to them – I had kind of soured on hip- ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    May 24, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    November 9, 2006

    Coke Dreams

    In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game.

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Bun B

    Trill (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Geto Boys

    The Foundation (Rap-A-Lot)

  • Music

    February 17, 2005

    The Hustler

    DJ Clinton Sparks has become a rising star by working harder than anyone else.

  • Music

    August 19, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Bashing hip-hop is not going to solve LoDo's recent problems.

  • Music

    August 12, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Don't start no stuff, won't be no stuff.

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Rie Rie

    Rie Rie (Mobruled Productionz)

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004
  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Nas

    God's Son (Columbia)

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

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