Authenticity can be overrated, so overrated that listeners will ignore the narrative abilities of a rapper because they don’t believe any of it’s true. To an extent, rap brought this upon itself – N.W.A. proudly brandished weapons on camera and rappers love calling out the lies of others to beef up their own street cred. The machismo of the genre practically demands this brawny exhibition.
In contrast, Scarface just conveys that virility with his voice. He is a prime reason why authenticity is important to rap – not because it cements the character of a rapper, but because it makes a rapper rap well. Face’s rhymes are brutal because they sound believable. He spits with the conviction of a man who has robbed houses, killed men, seen hallucinations, and lived to tell the horrors of those tales.
This is our ode to Scarface, one of the illest rappers ever – fuck a region. History will remember him for being among the greatest storytellers in hip-hop. We’ll remember him for being one cold motherfucker. These are the 20 Best Scarface Guest Features.
20. Devin The Dude – “Like A Sweet” (Feat. Ant Live, Jugg Mugg, Killemall & Scarface) 
The most technically stunning of Scarface’s guest features, this is not, but he sounds open as hell off some bom bom zee, word to Keith Murray. A huge part of why this verse is so dope is because it’s so unorthodox. At one point he even breaks into a Steve Austin impersonation – something only a dude high as fuck would do. I’m fairly certain that Face spit part of this verse off the dome.
19. Gang Starr – “Betrayal” (Feat. Scarface) 
Face did this feature for free 99 because he fucked with Primo and Guru. He sounds like a godfather, so polished in old age that he has crystal clear memories of when he first started hustling. You can practically hear his rocking chair creak as he weaves his tale, but it always comes with a lesson at the end.
18. Too Much Trouble – “Fugitive On The Run” (Feat. Scarface) 
The Geto Boys were so influential, their own record label tried to copy their formula with Too Much Trouble. Unfortunately, the white version of Bushwick Bill, Bar-None, was wacker than Mini-Me rocking Enyce, so they didn’t go very far, but they did have a cool debut album (and DJ Screw loved “Break Yourself” from their sophomore effort – he included it on at least three different tapes).
Scarface evinces the underbelly of Chuck D’s booming vocal chords as he eviscerates everyone else on the record. TMT aren’t terrible but they also aren’t noteworthy – when the track ends, Scarface is the one that haunts you.
17. 5th Ward Boyz – “Studio Gangster” (Feat. Scarface) 
Brad sounds like he’s genuinely irritated by all the bullshit he hears rappers talking about on their records. If I was a rapper bumping my gums about guns, I’d be ashamed of myself after hearing this verse, even if I really did tote gats. It wouldn’t seem worth it after getting scolded by Mr. Scarface.
I can’t mention this song without a later 5th Ward Boyz and Scarface collabo, “I Know,” which is equally special, if not more so.
16. Nas – “Favor For A Favor” (Feat. Scarface) 
Nas and Face wet whomever the other wants wetted on this highlight from the botched I Am… album. The best part is when Scarface mentions an enemy throwing up blood and the nasty adlibs drop in right on time, even though they sound like a bad outtake from Scary Movie. Take Face’s second verse over his first, but either works.
15. Compton’s Most Wanted – “N 2 Deep” (Feat. Scarface) 
Introducing himself with a laugh that betrays his discomforting proximity to insanity, Mr. Scarface is the only guest on an album filled with shots at DJ Quik and Tim Dog. If modern day Eminem sounds like your dad yelling at you when you were a teenager, Scarface sounds like your dad when you were still a scared ass child.
14. Too Much Trouble – “Still On The Run” (Feat. Scarface) 
The second collaboration between Too Much Trouble and Scarface initially makes it clear that the Geto Boy has reined in his flow and coated it with a threatening poise. The highlight, however, comes at the very end, when Face breaks into infectious patois (years later, it would reappear on Devin The Dude’s “Like A Sweet”). Does Rob Ford rep RAL?
13. Beanie Sigel – “Mack And Brad” (Feat. Scarface) 
Roc-A-Fella seemed to have these kind of average stock beats in surplus at the turn of the century, but that’s what makes Scarface so great – he can take any track and make it enthralling. At one point, it was reported that Face and Beanie were a dozen songs deep into a collaboration album, apparently birthed by this song from Beanie’s The Truth album, but in recent years Face has waved it off, perhaps because Beans is still serving time.
12. Too $hort – “Longevity” (Feat. Scarface, KB, Suge & Otis) 
This record holds more significance now than ever before, especially because Scarface continues to prove his longevity 25 years after he got his start. Depending on how fickle a rapper’s heart is, an up-and-comer will either be inspired by this verse, or completely crushed by it.
11. Ghetto Twiinz – “No Sunshine” (Feat. Scarface) 
I like imagining Scarface as a teacher at a parent-teacher conference on this song. The parents are upset, the kids are in jail, and Face is trying to figure out where it all went wrong. He feels the heat of possible guilt, but he also wants parents to take responsibility. All the while, he’s depressed about the whole situation.