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When news first broke of Scarface’s plans to release a new album this fall, it was met with anticipation, though from a mostly local standpoint. For the man born Brad Jordan, it would mark a personal milestone as the twelfth long-player release of his career. For longtime fans of Facemob and Houston residents, it was something hometown bred that they could feel proud about.

But then the music itself started dropping (most recently, the bonus cut “Mental Exorcism” just the other day), and ears started perking up. Then the tracklist revealed itself, and eyes widened at its star-studded cast. And slowly but surely, Deeply Rooted came to represent more than just Scarface’s return to the booth; it also suggested that a Houston product from a local legend might make one the bigger musical splashes this summer. Deeply Rooted releases to retail today, but for those still not sold on ‘Face’s latest, the rapper has partnered with Spotify to allow for a free stream of the LP’s standard edition.

Fifteen tracks and shy of an hour in length, Deeply Rooted showcases the best of what Scarface is known for – introspective, probing storytelling over catchy, if at times slightly spiritual instrumentation (a majority of which comes by way of producer N.O. Joe). Its features – which include Nas, Rick Ross, John Legend, Avant, Papa Reu, Cee-Lo Green, and Z-RO (twice, on “Do What I Do” and the aptly titled “Fuck You Too”) – compliment rather than outshine, merely assisting ‘Face on his journey along rugged streets, through cold corners, and around the haunting recesses of his mind.

Stream Scarface’s Deeply Rooted album in full down below. Deeply Rooted is available in stores and on iTunes now. The album’s Deluxe Edition – which includes the aforementioned “Mental Exorcism” as well as “The Exit Plan” and “I Don’t Know” – is exclusively at Best Buy.

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