The Diary (Scarface album)

The Diary
Studio album by Scarface
Released October 18, 1994
Recorded 1993–1994
Genre Gangsta Rap, Mafioso Rap, Southern Hip Hop
Length 43:18
Label Rap-A-Lot Records
Producer Scarface, Mike Dean, N.O. Joe, Uncle Eddie
Scarface chronology
The World Is Yours
The Diary
The Untouchable
Singles from The Diary
  1. "Hand of the Dead Body"
    Released: September 27, 1994
  2. "I Seen a Man Die"
    Released: November 1, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Robert Christgau[6]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[8]
The Source[9]

The Diary is the third studio album by American rapper Scarface. The album was released on October 18, 1994, by Rap-A-Lot Records. This album is one of the few to receive a perfect rating from both The Source Magazine and XXL. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart, only behind Kenny G's Miracles: The Holiday Album, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA on December 5, 1994.

Two singles were released from the album, "Hand of the Dead Body", which featured Ice Cube and Devin the Dude, peaked at 74 on the US charts, while "I Seen a Man Die" peaked at 37 on the US charts, becoming his first top 40 hit. Due to business reasons and for more accessibility, both track titles were changed to "People Don't Believe" and "Never Seen a Man Cry" in their single version. The song "No Tears" was featured in the beginning of the 1999 film Office Space.

Track listing

1."Intro"  Scarface, Mike Dean1:07
2."The White Sheet"  N.O. Joe3:53
3."No Tears"  N.O. Joe, Scarface2:26
4."Jesse James"  N.O. Joe, Scarface, Mike Dean4:13
5."G's"  N.O. Joe, Mike Dean4:39
6."I Seen a Man Die"  N.O. Joe, Scarface, Mike Dean4:32
7."One"  N.O. Joe, Mike Dean4:43
8."Goin' Down"  N.O. Joe, Scarface, Mike Dean, Uncle Eddie4:28
9."One Time" (Interlude)Mike Dean0:58
10."Hand of the Dead Body" (featuring Ice Cube and Devin the Dude)N.O. Joe, Scarface, Mike Dean, Uncle Eddie4:38
11."Mind Playin' Tricks '94"  N.O. Joe, Mike Dean3:40
12."The Diary"  N.O. Joe2:23
13."Outro"  Uncle Eddie1:30

Chart positions

Chart (1994) Peak
US Billboard 200[11] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 2


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  10. XXL (December 2007). "Retrospective: XXL Albums". XXL Magazine.
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