Biggie’s friends and proteges referred to themselves as the Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Rick Ross is a self-proclaimed “Don.” When it comes to allusions to organized crime–both fictional and factual–we need look no further than the catalog of our favorite hip-hop act. Mob Wives: New Blood premieres tonight, and to get you prepared for what’s about to go down, we’re taking a look at some of the most memorable mob references in music.
Real life gangsters Al Capone and John Gotti, and prohibition officer Elliot Ness (portrayed by Kevin Costner in Brian De Palma’s 1987 film, The Untouchables), are among the most popular names artists employ, with mob flicks like Scarface and The Godfather leading the pack for crime-based dramas.
In Mob Wives-world, the relationship between hip hop and VH1’s long-running reality series is clear. Star Drita D’Avanzo is a Staten Island resident and noted rap fiend who’s even performed and shot a video with her “idol,” Lil Kim , while Big Ang hosted a listening party for Drake’s most recent album. To celebrate the return of your favorite New Yorkers, and welcome two new women into the mix, check out our list of mafia-inspired hip hop tracks.
1. “Pop That,” French Montana Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross (Excuse My French, 2013)
Ross: “I love my big booty bitches, my life a Godfather picture”
Wayne: “OK I f–k a bitch and I’m gone/That’s gangsta: Al Capone”
2. “Ready or Not,” Fugees (The Score, 1996)
Lauryn Hill: “Rap orgies with Porgy and Bess/Capture your bounty like Elliot Ness, yes”; “So while you’re imitating Al Capone, I’ll be Nina Simone/And defecating on your microphone”
3. “California Love,” 2Pac Feat. Dr. Dre and Robert Troutman (All Eyez on Me, 1996)
Dr. Dre: “Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild West/A state that’s untouchable like Elliot Ness”
4. “N.Y. State of Mind,” Nas (Illmatic, 1994)
“Of pain I’m like Scarface sniffin cocaine/Holding a M-16 with the pen I’m extreme”
5. “Everyday Struggle,” Notorious B.I.G. (Ready to Die, 1994)
“I’m seeing body after body and our mayor Giuliani/Ain’t tryna see no black man turn to John Gotti”
6. “Sometimes I Rhyme Slow,” Nice & Smooth (Ain’t a Damn Thing Changed, 1991)
“I’m not DeLorean, Gambino or Gotti/I don’t deal coke and furthermore you’re making me broke”
7. “Fallin’,” Jay Z (American Gangster, 2007)
“Godfather, Goodfellas, Scarface, Casino/You seen what that last run did to De Niro”
8. “Wu-Gambinos,” Chef Raekwon (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, 1995)
“Jakes beware of black rap millionaires/Rock Airs, leather goose, bears blowing this year/1-800-GAMBINO n–gas, yeah”
9. “Comfortable,” Lil Wayne (Tha Carter III, 2008)
“And I am no Elliot Ness/I do not handcuff, I don’t arrest”
10. “Tony Montana,” Future Feat. Drake< (Pluto 3D, 2012)/strong>
Where to begin? The entire song is an ode to Al Pacino’s legendary role in Scarface. Just one listen will get the titular character’s name stuck in your head for days.
Mob Wives: New Blood premieres tonight at 10 pm ET/PT.