Houston Rap Legend Scarface Running for Houston City Council

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After spending the past 30-plus years as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper, rap legend Scarface is putting down the mic to run for Houston city council.

The 48-year-old rapper, who was born Brad Jordan, teased the announcement on Instagram last week when he asked “Should I run for Houston City Council?” but made his campaign official on Saturday.

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“It’s official,” he announced on Instagram to his 244,000 followers. “I’m offering myself for service as the next Houston City Councilmember for District D. Join our movement!”

The “I Seen a Man Die” rapper—who’s released 13 albums over the course of his illustrious career—hinted at pivoting into politics last year when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Councilman Dwight Boykins declared June 26 Brad “Scarface” Jordan Day.

“You know me as ‘Scarface,’ but now you get the opportunity to meet Brad Jordan,” he said in a statement in 2018. “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.”

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The announcement came a day before the death of fellow Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 52.

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Taking into consideration Scarface’s involvement with the Positive Purpose Movement—a nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs for underrepresented communities through education, empowerment and enrichment—a move into politics sounds like a natural progression.

We’ll miss him on the mic but wish him well on his latest endeavor.

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