For a hip hop head this may well be the most exciting news heard all year: Face and Beans are officially putting out an album together. Beanie Sigel is best known for his time spent on Jay-Z’s team, as well their widely publicized falling out, and the stream of diss tracks the Philly rapper sent Hov’s way following. At that point, most thought Sigel would sign with G-Unit, as he and 50 Cent traded verses directed at Jay-Z, but the shots went on without reply (save a few jabs from Hov on his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy appearances), eventually causing Sigel to drift from the spotlight, finally allowing the beef to fall by the wayside.
Scarface, on the other hand, is a longstanding Southern legend. The two may seem like an unlikely pair, but they’ve long been appearing on each other’s projects, with Sigel even declaring Face the artist he’d most desired to work with, prior to doing so.
The news broke in an interview with Sigel by Shade 45’s Statik Selektah, Beans declaring the album to be titled Mac and Brad. It didn’t stop there, with Scarface calling into the show to help share the news, saying, “I can’t wait for this shit. Me and Beans doing some easy shit right now. You know, separate solo acts but eventually we gonna double back and do that shit.”
Face went on to explain they were letting the cat out of the bag early, he’d simply wanted to let the fans know. So, chances are we have some time to wait before any actual material arrives, and, thus far, details are slim beyond the title. Nonetheless, two of the greatest straight spitters in hip hop releasing an album together is a big deal any day, and great news for fans of Sigel, many of whom (this writer included) had feared he’d fade into complete obscurity.
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