Some weeks ago, I watched Scarface again, which I hadn’t seen in years. Frankly, I still don’t really get the hype, but maybe that’s partly attributable to the fact that some of the movie quotes are so painfully overused. ‘Say hello to my little friend‘ and so on… One thing I noticed, however was the fact that almost every last bit of the soundtrack has been sampled in rap songs – which is barely surprising, given that there are entire documentaries (of very mediocre quality I should add) exploring the influence that the movie had on Hip Hop. The one below is still worth a watch though – if only for the fact that you get to see most of Hip Hop’s big names agreeing that the only thing Tony Montana ever really did wrong was ‘to get high on his own supply’ and to occasionally have a tendency to ‘overreact’…
Aside from providing us with these insights into the morality of drug dealing however, a few rappers turned the Scarface soundtrack into pretty good songs:
1. Mobb Deep – G.O.D. Part III
Hell on Earth is probably my favourite Mobb Deep album, and this was one of the best songs on it. Long before Prodigy became obsessed with Illuminati conspiracies, decided to wage kick up a fight with Jay-Z and was jailed for gun possession…
2. Immortal Technique – Peruvian Cocaine
Immortal Technique paints a much more realistic – and hence bleaker – picture of the international drug trade – from the production in Bolivia to selling it on the corner in Brooklyn. Not much of the original Scarface glamour here!
3. Nas & Mobb Deep – It’s Mine
Mobb Deep really like the whole Scarface theme – so much that on their next album, they partnered up with NaS for ‘It’s Mine‘. They are still clinging on to the same topic by the way – their new EP which will be released next month is called ‘Black Cocaine‘…
4. Rick Ross – Push It
What do you do if you work as a prison guard and are made redundant? One fairly uncommon career change looks like this: adopt the name of a real-life drug dealer who is currently serving a twenty-year prison sentence, grow a beard, put some shades on, and start making music which recounts the stories of your alleged criminal past as a cocaine king pin. To add to this, make sure to shoot some Scarface inspired music videos. But whilst it is so easy to bash Rick Ross, I have to admit that every now and then I secretly enjoy a dose of ‘Rawse’ and ‘Bawse’ – for more Rick Ross quotes see the Complex soundboard below!