Rapper Scarface was reportedly arrested Friday due to an outstanding warrant against him for unpaid child support.
According to TMZ, the longtime rapper was taken into custody at the taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scarface Arrested Minutes After Accepting BET Award http://t.co/tktXWXNTyZ
— TMZ (@TMZ) October 11, 2015
The 44-year-old “Do What I Do” rapper, born Brad Terrence Jordan, received a career achievement award known as the “I Am Hip-Hop Award.” Inside sources reportedly opened up to FreddyO about the arrest – including the moment that he was taken into custody.
“After Scarface exited the stage heading back to the celebrity trailers there were 10 sheriffs waiting to arrest him. Sources revealed that Scarface had a warrant and he was not suppose to leave the State of Texas. Scarface was so concerned about accepting his award and not disappointing his fans he risked being arrested.”
The insider further claimed that Snoop Dogg, the host of the BET Hip Hop Awards, was backstage when the arrest occurred.
“Snoop [Dogg] was back stage when Scarface was arrested and was upset that the great moment ended on a sour note. The incident resulted in the show being delayed.”
In an April 2015 interview with BET, Scarface opened up about his life, his music and the release of his 223-page biography Diary of a Madman.
“I’m a bred musician — this is generational. For me to just limit myself to rapping is a discredit to my bloodline. I’m a musician in real life. I can play anything.”
With a career that extends back to the late 1980s, Scarface has worked for decades to build a solid reputation over the years with his music. However, he made it clear in his interview with BET that he did not want to be added to the list of the greatest artists in the history of the genre.
“There are so many other rappers that’s way better than me. I’m in agreement with that. I don’t want to be considered one of the greatest rappers of all time.”
One of the popular rappers that he named specifically in the interview was Kanye West.
Years ago, Kanye was a featured producer on Scarface’s 2002 single The Fix.
Scarface Reminisces On “The Fix,” Praises Kanye West’s Production http://t.co/l9ttNFTI
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) May 16, 2012
In the interview, nearly 13 years after that album was released, Scarface gave Kanye a major compliment by referring to him as “the king of the punchline right now.” When discussing his lengthy memoir, Scarface made sure that he gave a lot of credit to his co-author Benjamin Meadows-Ingram.
“I’m proud of it because he really released those demons that needed to be out of my life for good. He dragged that out.”
Even with such a cemented past in hip-hop, Scarface openly admitted that some of his biggest musical influences were rock legends – such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Moxy and AC/DC. Quite a few fans and critics still have a lot of respect and admiration for Scarface & his music. Proof of that is found within the comments left via social media – such as on Twitter.
That Scarface Deeply rooted album is a must have if you into real lyricism on beats
— Rob C (@RobcVa) October 12, 2015
If you play rap music and do not have Deeply Rooted by Scarface today I suggest you play that album on youtubes and pick it up for your car.
— Ziplok (@Ziplok_) October 8, 2015
As of Sunday morning, according to TMZ, Scarface was still being held in custody after being taken to the Fulton County Jail.
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