Houston’s Mayor Declares June 26 Brad “Scarface” Jordan Day (Video)
For many Hip-Hop fans, the music of Scarface and the Geto Boys helped give the city of Houston, Texas an identity in music. Since the late 1980s, Brad Jordan’s accounts of H-Town’s Southside and its Fifth Ward showed the city’s dangers as well as its triumphs.
Thirty years into a decorated career of platinum albums, hit songs and mentoring a slew of other local artists, the city is giving back. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Councilman Dwight Boykins declared June 26 Brad “Scarface” Jordan Day in the city that raised the legendary MC, producer, author, guitarist, and businessman.
“You know me as ‘Scarface,’ but now you get the opportunity to meet Brad Jordan,” began the artist in a press statement. “I’ve done a lot of music and I did a lot of speaking…and I want to let y’all know I’m getting ready to make a super impact in the community because that’s the most important thing to me right now, that’s my passion: to make sure everybody is treated equally, to make sure we get equal justice, to make sure that everybody is on the same level playing field and I hope that you will stand behind me in my positive purpose of making this happen. Thank you to the city of Houston.” Fellow Geto Boy Willie D was on hand, just a few footsteps behind Face as he accepted the award.
“Today is a special day for a special person…I’ve gotten to know this man not only as someone who has been blessed with many opportunities…has taken Houston and put us on an international map, and then he’s transformed from one career to another where he is doing so much work in the community…Brad ‘Scarface’ Jordan is a true example of the saying, ‘It’s not where you start, but where you end up,'” said Councilman Boykins at the event.
Face recently teamed with Samuel Eaton and Tony Council, P.E. as a founding partner of The Positive Purpose Movement—a non-profit organization that creates and supports programs for underrepresented communities through education, empowerment, and enrichment.
July 22 is already “Trae Day” in Houston, an 11-year-old honorary gesture and series of events made with Scarface’s former label-mate Trae Tha Truth. January 30 is James Prince Day, a calendar event dedicated to Scarface’s mentor, former employer/manager, and longtime friend.
For much of his 30-year-career, Scarface was a flagship artist and producer of J. Prince’s Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records. After mentoring artists such as Ludacris, Devin The Dude and others, he has since launched Let’s Talk, LLC.
Last year Scarface released Deeply Rooted: The Lost Files. The work was a companion to his 2015 twelfth solo album of the same name. This year he has worked with George Clinton’s Parliament and Killa Kyleon, among others.