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It isn’t often that this Texas native pulls into these parts, but when he does, count on hearing the unvarnished, sometimes ugly truth. Scarface first made his mark as a member of Houston’s fearless Geto Boys, which spent the late 1980s and early 1990s enveloped in controversy. First came the group’s necrophilia-themed song, “Mind of a Lunatic.” Next, there was the album We Can’t Be Stopped, which featured a graphic photo of group member Bushwick Bill being wheeled into a hospital emergency room after he’d lost his eye in a shooting. The album also contained the eerie “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” which recounted Face’s hellish time in a mental institution. It’s no surprise that the band became a target of politics’ family-values set. While Scarface has remained with the Boys, he’s also launched a career all his own. His 1991 solo debut, Mr. Scarface Is Back, established him as a world-class rapper, and that rep has solidified with each of his subsequent releases, including the platinum 1994 The Diary (which included a totally wicked collaboration with Ice Cube called “The Hand of a Dead Body”). His latest, Last of a Dying Breed, is a sometimes lovely mix of breakbeats and strings that features raps covering everything from annoying fans to the Drug Enforcement Agency. This concert comes with its own parental-advisory label—and with some potential good news: Word has it Face’s fellow Geto Boys may show up for an impromptu reunion. At TIME TK Friday, Nov. 24, at the D.C. Tunnel, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $25-$35. (202) 526-7960. (Natalie Davis)