Recap: Scarface shows off his weight loss in San Fran
Photos: Kevin Lee / March 17, 2014
When Scarface took the stage last Saturday at Mezzanine in San Francisco, I honestly thought it was his hypeman. The 43-year old vet, a legend in Houston whose heft in body size was as much as his trademark as his rough baritone with a preacher’s cadence, came in looking swelte and light, looking like a man who not only lost dozens of pounds but looks about a decade younger. Apparently, I should have kept an eye on his Twitter, where he detailed his months long quest on fitness. The Geto Boys member and Facemob frontman took the stage and oozed with an energy you’d expect someone out of their late 20’s, jumping around and grandly motioning with every bar he spit. And at the same time, despite his new look, signs of the old Face came through with his brooding growls and southern inflections, and, as corny as this sounds, whenever he flashed his smile. After he went through his catelog of recent vintage and landed on his nearly forgotten but still timeless “Minute To Pray and a Second To Die” from his original solo debut, which was based on an old Marvin Gaye sample, he tried some crooning of his own, taking on Gaye’s falsetto from “Inner City Blues”.