A Revealing Look into the Mind of a Genius
In the tradition of Jay-Z’s Decoded comes rap artist Brad “Scarface” Jordan’s memoir DIARY OF A MADMAN, now in paperback; about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, Texas who ultimately ushered in a new generation of Southern rap dominance.
He was a ‘70s kid in love with rock-and-roll when two new things swept into town — hip-hop and crack — that would change him and kids like him forever. The son of a singer and a DJ, and the cousin of star Johnny Nash (“I Can See Clearly Now”), music was in Brad’s blood, and he became heavily involved in it. And in hustling.
Despite numerous challenges Scarface faced while growing up, the former president of Def Jam South founded the seminal rap group Geto Boys, went on to solo success (he’s had many solo hits such as “Guess Who’s Back feat. Jay-Z” and “Smile feat. Tupac”), and has also worked with everyone from Kanye West to Ice Cube and Eminem. He gained cult status with his song “Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta,” made famous in the film Office Space.
DIARY OF A MADMAN – co-written with Benjamin Meadows-Ingram, who has served as the music editor at Billboard and as the executive editor of VIBE — is not only Brad’s story but the whole story of the rise of Southern rap. His book reads ultimately not only as dynamic lens into a lifetime in music but also as a powerful articulation of the whole genre as an art form, from someone who has been there from the beginning.
DIARY OF A MADMAN goes on sale on Tuesday, January 26.