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Scarface Announces Retirement From Rap and Farewell Tour

Scarface, (left) with Houston radio presenter
J Mac, has announced his final tour. 
The long-rumored end to an era appears to finally be upon us.

On Tuesday, Houston rap legend Scarface, who has long talked about giving up the mic for years and even held a" farewell show at Houston's House of Blues in November, announced a 32-city engagement he's calling "The Farewell Tour" on Instagram.

"The end game is to leave the same way you came in," the rapper, aka Brad Jordan, posted along with the tour schedule. "Now that’s gangsta!!"

If his words are to be taken literally, it should not be a surprise to hardcore hip-hop fans. Scarface's desire to remain in the genre, as well as his health, have posed challenges in recent years.

In late 2020, the 51-year-old artist found out he needed a kidney transplant following a prolonged battle with Covid-19 that March.

​​“COVID attacked my lungs first, and then it attacked my kidneys and knocked them out,” the rapper told Fox DC of his predicament at the time. “I got full lung recovery, but my kidneys never came back.”

After taking to social media in hopes of finding a donor in October, it ended up being Scarface’s son and tour manager, Christopher Jordan, who came to the rescue by donating his own kidney. Less than a month later he would be on stage at the House of Blues for what at the time was billed as his final solo show.

“I’m done with the rap,” Scarface told Houstonia Magazine prior to the show (five months later, he opened for Ice Cube at a show in nearby Sugarland, Texas). “If I could, I would love to go into a different lane of music. Maybe blues or rock. Maybe alternative. I want to do something different now.”

The Houston native, who first found fame as a member of the city's iconic platinum rap trio, the Geto Boys, before embarking on a successful solo career, will begin the tour on July 8 in Oakland, California, and traverse the country before returning to his home state for three shows to wrap it up. 

Tickets for the tour are available at Ticketmaster.

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