Geto Boys rapper proves to be relevant as ever on 'Black Still'
By all rights, Scarface is free to coast on the success of the Geto Boys' 1991 track “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” a harrowing morality play that still stands as a defining moment in the power of hip-hop. Like an aging gunslinger, Scarface returns to the forefront, channeling his community's rage at injustice and the ugly turn this country made in 2016 with “Black Still,” a reworking of the holy grail of political hip-hop, Public Enemy's “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos.” Scarface exposes the flaws in the previously untouchable original and brings the narrative up to date. It's a cry for justice and a plea for understanding. 8Ball & MJG open. (Safe bet)