Rappers & The Mafia

Why do rappers idolize mobsters? I understand that a lot of 90s rappers grew up in the streets so people like Tony Montana & The Corleones were people they could relate to, but considering a lot of Italian mobsters in history were racist and had a general dislike of history why do rappers seem to mention them so much. Ross is calling himself the Teflon Don, while John Gotti probably would be calling him nigger.

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its all for the glamour. All of those type of rappers want to be the next scarface

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Why do rappers idolize mobsters?

Cos u touch urself at night

September 14th, 2013

Rap is an American art form and Americans, in general, have had a strong fascination with the Mafia since the days of Capone, Luciano, etc. They represent power, wealth, the good things that life has to offer without having to go through schooling. A lot of hood rappers glorify their environment and the neighborhood thugs but their aspiration is attain the type of wealth that a mob boss would have and to live that lifestyle. It’s true that the mafia is known for being racist but that’s besides the point- they don’t necessarily want to be part of the Mafia, they want to have their own situation where they’re calling the shots, similar to the Mafia.

As far as Tony Montana goes, that situation is a little different. Tony Montana is a Cuban character, not Italian. He came from nothing and made something of himself through drug dealing. A non-White guy in the struggle who reaches the top of the drug game- that’s something that a lot of thugs could relate to.

September 14th, 2013

So basically they want to emulate what mobsters stood for/achieved, not who they actually were?

September 14th, 2013

Its the broke man’s American Dream basically…

The “Scarface/Godfather” come-up story is appealing to any young street kid selling drugs who sees no way out. You’re broke and so coming up quick by hustling and you get respect for doing it, its kind of appealing.

Its also because of the gangbanging culture, being like the black mafia is an aspiration of gangbangers (Most of gangbangers try to talk and act like they are in the Godfather or a bad mafioso movie, these guys will go Sosa on your ass for 10$ you owe them).

Gangbanging lost its original function of being a black panther offshoot and degenerated to being what you see today.

Lets not front, most people wants respect from their peers, even the ones they hate.

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So basically they want to emulate what mobsters stood for/achieved, not who they actually were?

No fucking derp you stupid CAC, if they wanted to emulate who they actually were, they wouldn’t be fucking rapping/rappers. They’d be drug lord mafia kingpins.

This can’t be life.

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What do you think Tony?

September 14th, 2013

Obviously I meant emulation conveyed through music

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mebbe u shud emulate someone who isn’t a phaggot.

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Jay Z is the perfect example of this. Alot of rappers get into tht Mafioso vibe but Jay is a living example of it. He is a blend of Scarface and Al Capone. He literally came from nothing and has turned into a global mogal who’s face is known everywhere.
Jay is to black street folk, what Al Capone was to street white folk in the prohibition era. Only difference is tht Jay is 100% clean now. He took all that he grew up with and turned it into something positive and gave back to his hood and family and the Hip Hop Culture.

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Oh RTJII, I laugh at you sometimes

At 15 years old you’ve managed to turn such a potential to a great life into a miserable shallow pool of existence haunted by your own ignorance and lack of self-esteem. You hide behind a wall of text, creating an online persona to feel greater than you actually are or were. Instead of focusing time on school, or getting a job, you spend time dwelling on a forum making attempts to become a badass. Maybe you were bullied? Maybe you look at your phone to see that you have no friends, but when I read the things you say….

I sure do laugh.

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