When we interviewed Scarface in 2008, the Houston rapper was whacking golf balls every which way at the driving range. Eight years later, Callaway partnered with him to produce a mini-documentary, titled Golf Lives, about his passion for the sport, and ‘Face is once again on the green with a club in his hand, when he calls me for this piece.
He exudes a naturally warm charm, infectious charisma and cracks jokes with a lighthearted approach to most things. Many rappers cringe when referred to by their birth name, but he’s introduced to me simply as Brad and happily rolls with it.
When he answers a question he gives it thought and actually answers the question. When Scarface asks me a question, he’s genuinely curious for the response, and he talks to everyone with a deeply rooted respect.
But he’s also a competitive son-of-a-bitch.
His initial foray into golf began almost a decade ago when his then fourteen-year-old daughter needed a set of clubs for her golf lessons. “They give you clubs at her lessons but she wanted her own personal set of golf clubs,” says Scarface, “So I went to the store and I bought her some clubs. And I bought me some too.”
Not long after, Scarface hit the course with his daughter for the first time, and he didn’t hold back critiquing his game. To quote him, “She beat the cowboy shit outta me.” But the L drove him to hone in and improve his game tremendously.
And when asked if his daughter can still beat him the response is an emphatic, “No, f*ck no! Nah man I’m breaking 80 bro. I’m between 83 and 79. 79 to 83. I’m getting a little better.”
That’s an understatement. Consistently achieving those scores puts Scarface in the top five to ten percent of golfers and a long way from getting the cowboy shit beaten out of him.
To Scarface, it’s not necessarily about the mastery, but rather the road of progression along the way. It’s about pushing the walls of your limits and expanding to new depths that weren’t previously possible. In the short film, he says, “Golf is the best game that you’ll never learn how to play,” but there’s so much reward in enhancing his skill, even though perfection is impossible.
But for Scarface, the drive for growth and knowledge also extends into other facets of his life.
Doubt fuels him.
These last few years, he’s been working improving his guitar skill, and Led Zeppelin is currently one of his favorite artists. During our conversation, he asks me to listen to the band’s 1973 track “The Rain Song” and then to compare it to a guitar cover he posted on Instagram earlier, promising I’ll be amazed.