Rapper Scarface Running for Houston City Council

Once a member of the iconic hip hop group the Geto Boys, Brad Jordan is now hoping to make his mark in politics. Jordan, better known as Scarface, announced that he plans to run for Houston City Council to represent District D. “It’s official. I’m offering myself for service as the next Houston City Councilmember for District D,” Jordan posted on Instagram on June 9. “Join our movement!”

Four days before Jordan’s announcement, current District D councilmember Dwight Boykins, who counts Jordan as a close friend, announced his plan to run for Houston mayor. District D covers most of the southern part of Houston, where the 48-year-old Jordan grew up. The Office of the City Secretary confirmed that Jordan filed paperwork to name his campaign treasurer, Oma Terry, The Houston Chronicle reported. Jordan has until August 19 to file as a candidate on the November 5 ballot.

Sixteen council members, the mayor, and city controller are elected every four years, with councilmembers limited to two 4-year terms, the city council’s website states. Jordan first hinted about the possibility of running for Houston City Council in 2018, KTRK reported. When Boykins decided to run for mayor, Jordan turned to Instagram to ask whether he should mount his bid.

“What turned into a thought turned into 27,000 people saying, ‘Yes,’” Jordan told KTRK. “It was an overwhelming outpour[ing] of love for me to step out of my comfort zone and get into the fight.” Jordan said he was ready to take on a new role and noted that politics is in dire need of “new blood.” Jordan told The Washington Post that when Boykins announced he was vacating his seat, “It was my time to go ahead and move toward that seat, because I grew up there, I know a lot of people there, I know what the issues are.”

He added to KTRK: “Who would ever thought a kid out of South Acres in an itty bitty house would have fans, only to come back and put it down for the city in a whole other way?”

The former rapper also told The Post that his hip hop persona is dead. “I’m not going to be a 75-year-old rapper,” he said. “I’m going to be finishing my last term in office as president when I’m 75.”

Jordan was previously honored by Boykins and Mayor Sylvester Turner with a day dedicated to him. June 26 was renamed as Brad “Scarface” Jordan Day. “I’ve gotten to know this man not only as someone who has been blessed with many opportunities, has taken Houston and put us on an international map and then he’s transformed from one career to another where he is doing so much work in the community,” Turner said in 2018.

“Brad ‘Scarface’ Jordan is a true example of the saying, ‘It’s not where you start, but where you end up,” Boykins added, CW39 reported. Jordan is one of the founding members of The Positive Purpose Movement, which supports community initiatives that focus on education and empowerment.

Fellow Geto Boys member Richard Stephen Shaw, better known as Bushwick Bill, died just a few hours before Jordan’s announcement. The 52-year-old died on June 9 in Colorado after being diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, The Los Angeles Times.

The group’s other member William James Dennis, or “Willie D,” announced his support for his former bandmate. “My Geto Boys bandmate, Brad Jordan who y’all came to know as Scarface is running for Houston City Council District D. H-Town we need y’all to hit the polls November 2020 to help him help you. #30yearsofControversy,” the rapper tweeted. It should be noted that the election for city council is in November 2019.

The Geto Boys rose to fame in the late 1980s with their debut Making Trouble, which was released in 1988. According to The Los Angeles Times, Geto Boys gained popularity on the Houston imprint Rap-A-Lot Records. The group caused controversy over their violent lyrics, which touched upon their experiences with drugs, guns, and Houston’s poverty.

In 1991, the group released its most infamous album, We Can’t Be Stopped. The album’s cover art featured Bushwick Bill on a stretcher with a gunshot wound to the eye after an altercation with his girlfriend. Bill would rap about the violent incident on his 1992 solo album Little Big Man.


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Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various venues, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.