May 23, 2015

Geto Boys "Six Feet Deep" (1993)

"Til Death Do Us Part" is the fourth studio album from the Houston "gangsta rap" group the Geto Boys. With production from N.O. Joe, the album was released in March 1993 on Rap-A-Lot Records. Big Mike joined the group in Willie D's absence, joining Scarface and Bushwick Bill. With the Commodore's "Easy" as the major sample on the track, "Six Feet Deep" was released as a charting single from the album with a video to accompany its release. Scarface reflected on the record with Complex, sharing: “That record came about because I lost a really good friend of mine on June 28 named Rodney Parker. Rodney had gotten out of the streets and everything, he was just sitting in this club and a motherfucker shot him in the chest by accident. That ‘Six Feet Deep’ was a record that was heartfelt  ... Growing up, I thought about being in darkness. I always imagined waking up alive in a coffin. I'm six feet under the ground so I can’t get out and I just live there forever, until I die again. I would imagine being in darkness and you can’t move, the darkness is stopping and altering all your movements. You can’t touch, you can’t feel, you can’t see, you can’t move, you’re just in darkness. I was thinking about that as a kid. My biggest fear is my children growing up and having those thoughts. I try to keep them as busy as I can and make them feel love." It's clear that Scarface has battles with his own demons and depression. He turned his pain and darkness into art and light for others going through it too. Scarface is in my top 10 greatest eMCees of all-time.