In preparation for his NPR Tiny Desk debut performance, along with an eight-piece set of musicians, Scarface was joined by Mike Dean.
In total, the rapper (born Brad Terrence Jordan), played six songs, including “On My Block,” “Mary Jane,” “Smile,” “I Seen a Man Die,” Fuck Faces,” and “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.”
During his stint, Scarface stated “I guess I’d call myself a curator, I don’t know if you would call me a DJ or the conductor of the railroad.” “We came here to jam for y’all tonight, or this morning, or whenever the fuck. We’re gonna talk about some songs and how they came about.”
Providing background information about the songs, the musician stated that he was high while adding stories about pivotal interactions he shared with family members and delivering verses under complicated circumstances.
In a statement about the set, NPR wrote “Scarface’s Tiny Desk concert radiates with his decades-long passion as an emcee and producer/” “There’s calculated intent behind every word and note of this 30-minute set, and I learned that his love for golf also runs deep during our initial meeting. He was playing a round and had difficulty dividing his attention between the plan and the course.”
Scarface and Dean were joined by Steven “Spud” Howard and Takai “Cookie” Hicks on vocals; Peigh Jones on vocals and guitar; Corey “FunkaFingers” Stoot on guitar; Josh Henderson and Jason “The Bishop” Allen on keys; Savar Martin on drums; and Anthony “Antboogie” Nicholson on bass and musical direction.