He hardly talks about it, but hip hop pioneer Brad Johnson (also known as Scarface of the Geto Boys) is a serious golf sportsman. In his hometown of Houston at the Hermann Park golf course he said, “I play it every day if I can, but it’s not fun and games for me. I’m serious about golf.”
Johnson, 44, who has lost 100 pounds through dieting and exercise over the past two years, says his passion for golf is fueled by the challenge to “tame the course. Right now, it’s beating my ass on a regular basis,” he says. He has a Garmin GPS on his wrist to mark the exact distance to the hole from the fairway and uses a Golf Buddy app on his phone when he’s on the green.
Johnson is so vested in the sport that he’s not really discussing his memoir, Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death and the Roots of Southern Rap, published last April, which explored the deepest, darkest recesses of his mind that inspired the paranoid and angry lyrics of Geto Boys’ No. 1 rap song, “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” and second hit, “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta.”
The Geto Boys have five LPs on Billboard’s top 10 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and have sold 4.7 million units since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
True Geto Boys fans will appreciate the group’s unveiling of new project slated for release in August entitled, Deeply Rooted. The newbies could use some hip hop education, too.
This summer just got a whole lot hotter. Stay tuned for more heat from the Geto Boys.