Gangsta rap, a sub-genre emerges in the 90’s creating a long lasting buy on hip-hop. The integration of street violence and organized drug crimes in rap lyrics creates idolization of powerful drugs lords like Scarface. The fascination with big time old school traffickers influences power driven rap, educating listeners of the various criminal legacies.
Scarface, a powerful figure on the big screen is a figure of validation to be a public rebel. Tony Montana would be his government name on film; however, Tony Montana himself is a fictional character who is modeled after Al Capone. But does this exemplify the idolization of the troubled criminals, versus their brilliance to commit such crimes? Or is it defile or immoral to the standards of the American rule?
Getting To Know Tony Montana
Brian De Palma, director box office hits such as Carrie (1976) and Dressed To Kill (1980) brought the gangster genre to life in 1983, according to ScreenRant. Handpicking Al Pacino as Tony, was the pivotal moment of refining Pacino’s career as a thespian.
Capone, once slashed in the face three times, gained the name Scarface.
The screenwriter, Oliver Stone, created Montana after Tony Camonte. He is the star of the 1932 movie, who also emulates Capone. Montana comes from his favorite NFL player Joe Montana, according to ScreenRant.
Scarface is a remake of the original 1932 film. Howard Hawks directs the film in which derives from 1929 novel Armitige Trail. In the film, Tony arrives to Miami as a Cuban refugee who gets entangled in in the drug business. He and his friends kill a Miami drug lord, in exchange, they barter green cards. The movie is a veteran box office hit that reflects the life of betrayal and murdering of Tony Montana.
Hip-Hop’s Idolization Of Scarface
The movie Scarface centers around thinking big, multitudes of success earned in unconventional, dangerous ways. Rappers, mostly those who are from the streets, can identify with going god speeding from rags to riches. Because rappers gain a source of inspiration from their bias perspectives of survival, Scarface is a notable figure to write about.
According to Hip Hop News Journal, legendary rapper, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan mentioned the movie in his song “Criminology” on his 1995 album, Only Built For Cuban Links. He was one of the first artists to mention Scarface.
The narrative of the hip-hop nuance of gangster rap culture and its predisposition with crime rebellion represents the eminent legacy of Scarface.