Balls and My Word (2003) At its most nihilistic, gangsta rap is surprisingly bloodless: carnage-filled but without emotional pulse. Here, Scarface brings pathos to single moms, shoot-outs, and crack dealers… 2003-04-08 Scarface
Music Review

Balls and My Word (2003)

Details Release Date: Apr 08, 2003; Lead Performance: Scarface

At its most nihilistic, gangsta rap is surprisingly bloodless: carnage-filled but without emotional pulse. Here, Scarface brings pathos to single moms, shoot-outs, and crack dealers alike; with the haunting ''Make Your Peace,'' he turns an existential Glock on himself, imagining his suicide and afterlife. Thankfully, this isn't 7th Heaven N the Hood: Scarface's brooding G-funk and anguished drawl prohibit cheesy sentimentality.

Originally posted Apr 25, 2003 Published in issue #706-707 Apr 25, 2003 Order article reprints