Scarface’s upcoming NPR Tiny Desk Concert has been called the “best Hip Hop Tiny Desk ever” ahead of its release on Monday (December 18).
On X, formerly known as Twitter, Tiny Desk producer DJ Cuzzin B got fans hyped by writing: “I just watched an edit of Scarface’s Tiny Desk. Yeah…. it’s the best hip-hop tiny desk we’ve ever put out. A new crown holder…. Monday.”
The Southern rap legend was recently spotted at NPR’s office in Washington, D.C. with longtime collaborator Mike Dean, sparking rumors that he would be appearing on an upcoming episode of Tiny Desk Concert, which have now been proven correct.
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I just watched an edit of Scarface's Tiny Desk. Yeah…. it's the best hip-hop tiny desk we've ever put out. A new crown holder…. Monday.
— DJ Cuzzin B (@DJCuzzinB) December 13, 2023
Scarface and Mike Dean pic.twitter.com/0344N5o9ZG
— THE FLY FIDELITY PODCAST (@FlyFidelity) November 28, 2023
Since launching the series in 2008, NPR has hosted hundreds of Tiny Desk Concerts which see performers put on intimate mini-concerts from inside the organization’s offices.
Aside from being a pioneering MC and member of the Geto Boys, Scarface possesses a versatile musical ability that includes being able to play the guitar.
Speaking about his love of the instrument in an interview with Fender, he said: “I grew up in a band. My uncles were in a band, my cousin was in a band.
“My uncles would just jam and then go take smoke breaks, and I would be that fly on the wall watching them all day. When they’d leave, I’d pick up the guitar and just try to do what they did on their Strats or P Basses.”
Scarface also revealed that he was heavily influenced by ’70s hard rock as well as funk and psychedelica: “My mom would drop me off at my grandmother’s house when she went to work. I spent a lot of time there, and over there they played rock and roll. We listened to a lot of Molly Hatchet, Rush, Sabbath, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, KISS. Just all those guitar heroes.
“And when people in the house got done playing guitars, they just laid them on the bed, so I would play them myself. I went from that to my mom’s house, where they played Parliament and Prince and the Isley Brothers. You mix everything up, and I’m finding myself brainwashed by Pink Floyd and Chaka Kahn. Cheap Trick and the Commodores at the same time.”
Last year, Scarface embarked on a 32-date farewell tour to commemorate his more than three decades in Hip Hop. It also came after years of health issues including a kidney transplant.