The Diary (Scarface album)

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The Diary
Scarface - The Diary.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 1994
GenreGangsta Rap, Mafioso Rap, Southern Hip Hop
ProducerScarface, Mike Dean, N.O. Joe, Uncle Eddie
Scarface chronology
The World Is Yours
The Diary
The Untouchable
Singles from The Diary
  1. "I Seen a Man Die"
    Released: September 27, 1994
  2. "Hand of the Dead Body"
    Released: February 7, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[9]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[11]
The Source5/5 stars[7]
XXL5/5 stars[8]

The Diary is the third studio album by American rapper Scarface. The album was released on October 18, 1994, by Rap-A-Lot and Noo Trybe. This album is one of the few to receive a perfect rating from both The Source Magazine and XXL. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 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[edit]

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 Eddie4:39
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[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
US Billboard 200[12] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 2


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Rohan Preston (1994-11-10). "Scarface The Diary (Rap-a-Lot) (STAR)(STAR) 1/2..." Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  3. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri (1994-12-02). "The Diary". Retrieved 2015-08-15.
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  6. ^ "Scarface :: The Diary :: Rap-A-Lot Records". 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  7. ^ "The Source's 5 Mic Albums on Lists of Bests". Archived from the original on February 27, 2010. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  8. ^ XXL (December 2007). "Retrospective: XXL Albums". XXL Magazine.
  9. ^ "CG: Scarface". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  10. ^ Scarface (1994-12-29). "Scarface: The Diary : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 2007-11-25. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  11. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 329. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ "Scarface Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Scarface Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Scarface – The Diary". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.