Houston hardhitter Scarface takes a softer, more introspective side on his newest single, “God,” featuring John Legend off Deeply Rooted set to release September 4. Throughout the song, Scarface questions the existence of God and what his purpose is.
The Geto Boys emcee kicks off the passionate triumphant production playing God for a day, saying he’d rid the world of war and bring peace to his hood, making sure “you could sleep with out the fears of being woke by sounds of sirens, screams of people being smoked.” He follows wondering what would happen if the devil had a dya to rule the world. Scarface imagines he’d get bitten by a snake the second it happened; he’d have his breath slowly taken away while he sleeps. Ultimately, he comes to accept that everyone has his of her beliefs, admitting religion isn’t for everyone, and it’s not the answer for everything. Behind John Legend’s powerful chorus, where he begs for whoever it is people pray to to show its face, Scarface remains conflicted. He doesn’t want to wait until he dies to find out.
This uneasiness about God comes close to when fellow Houston inhabitant Arian Foster declared he doesn’t believe in any God. It’s not bad to question. Listen to “God” below.