Are you a gangster… or a gangsta?
There’s definitely a difference. And it’s no secret that most of these gangsta rappers idolize the gangsters that are portrayed as glorified murderers all over the news, TV and the silver screen:
“Scarface.” “Goodfellas.” Lucky Luciano. Al Capone. “The Godfather.” Murder, Inc. The 5 families. John Gotti. Every single one of these real-life individuals, syndicates, fictional characters and stories have been used and reused amongst the hip-hop community. Even stick-up kids like the original 50 Cent and drug kingpins like the real Rick Ross have had their names jacked and their persona imitated through the rappers who pretend to have lived their lives.