Staff Pick: Scarface returns to the stage following Houston City Council bid

Andy Downing

“Remember politician means schemin’ for power,” the Geto Boys rapped back in 1990, which was pretty representative of the jaundiced eye the landmark group typically extended to those at the helm.

Earlier this year, though, former member Scarface, born Brad Jordan, said his music days were behind him as he focused on a run for Houston City Council, driven by the inequalities he documented both within the Geto Boys and on inner-city-focused solo albums like The Fix, from 2002. He nearly pulled it off, too, losing to former educator Carolyn Evans-Shabazz in a mid-December runoff.

But Jordan’s loss is a boon for local concertgoers, as the rapper hits the road with a live band for a tour that stops at Skully’s Music-Diner on Friday, Jan. 3. Expect a healthy dose of Scarface’s deep back catalog (the rapper’s most recent album, Deeply Rooted, surfaced in 2015), rich with tracks about those hanging on the forgotten edge of society. Witness “I Seen a Man Die,” on which the MC paints a vivid portrait of the stillness that can accompany a violent end, rapping, “And you keep blacking out and your pulse is low/Stop trying to fight the reaper, just relax and let it go.”

Elsewhere, expect the would-be politician to take onstage aim at familiar targets (police violence, inner-city poverty, racial inequity), which, come to think of it, probably wouldn’t have differed had the election results fallen in his favor.

Skully’s Music-Diner

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3

1151 N. High St., Short North