Hip Hop’s obsession with gangsters has gone unchallenged in the last 25 years. Since the inception of gangster rap in the 90s, fans and artists alike have embraced various characters, from both the fictional and non-fictional world, and have made them cult classics. Movies such as Scarface and the Godfather are regularly referenced in videos and lyrics produced by artists. They even adopt the handles of some of Americas most prolific gangsters such as Rick Ross and Frank White to name a few. In the last two years, main stream media has not been impervious to this phenomenon. In some instances, they get it wrong, but sometimes they get it right and are able to captivate the audience in unimaginable ways.
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