a member of Houston's most famous rappers, the Geto Boys, Scarface's
solo debut was filled with sex and violence, and included 'Body
Snatchers', 'Born Killer', and "Diary Of A Madman'. Mo'
Better Music was instrumental in bringing both the hit single
"Never Seen A Man Cry" to the top of the charts, and
bringing the album to platinum status. Scarface almost single-handedly
created the hard, bass-heavy sounds of Houston, Texas, and successfully
morphing that sound from a regional to a nationally recognized
part of rap music.
(1/95, p.88) - 4 Stars - Slammin' - "...Scarface is business
as usual lyrically...this Geto boy has tapped into something
new and has laid the foundation for an even brighter future..."
(12/94-1/95, p.144) - "...THE DIARY is the sonic equivalent
of a fists-in-the-air, blood-on-the-wall, helicopter-detonating,
action-adventure flick. And he's the anti-hero..."
Q Magazine (3/95, p.103) - 4
Stars - Excellent - "...full of funky bass, whining synthesizers,
and dramatic strings, the lyrics choked with bitter pathos,
it roars away like an epic tragedy."
New Musical Express (12/3/94,
p.41) - 8 - Excellent - "...a high-minded, haunting attempt
to find some sense to the debris of the projects....an album
that deserves to be heard; a sustained argument against the
supposed irresponsibility of gangsta..."