How The Movie Scarface Influenced Hip Hop

The (1983) Scarface movie, starring Al Pacino, is a classic and one of the most powerful and most felt stories when it comes to starting from the bottom with nothing and rising to the top.

It is considered an iconic movie and has played a significant role in the hip hop world, having thousands of references from rap lyrics, song names and even artist names!

Houston rapper “Mr. Scarface”, an ex-member of the “Geto Boys” was so inspired by the movie. French Moroccan Rapper “French Montana” was also heavily inspired by Pacino’s lead character as he pays homage by incorporating part of his name.

Atlanta based rapper “Future” released a song named “Tony Montana”, making many references to the life & respect of the main character that the movie portrays. Record label Def Jam released a compilation CD titled “Music Inspired by Scarface” featuring songs from “Mobb Deep”, Notorious B.I.G“, Jay-Z”, “Joe Budden”, N.W.A.”, “Ice Cube” and many other artists.

The Soundtrack

Many of the film’s soundtrack songs and instrumentals have been remixed into rap songs as well, including Amy Holland’s “She’s On Fire”, which was essentially converted by rapper “Lil Wayne”:

“Push It”, the second single from rapper Rick Ross was also inspired by the soundtrack.

Legendary NY rap group “Mobb Deep” sampled “Tony’s Theme” in their song “G.O.D. Pt. III”.


The movie has also partly inspired the “Grand Theft Auto” video game series, which happens to also be somewhat iconic in the hip hop world, but that is a whole different story.

So in a nutshell, the story of Scarface and his rise to the top, closely relates to the day to day struggle that most rappers face in trying to make it in the music industry.  Hey at least there are sites like the Rapping Manual that are geared towards helping rappers master their craft!

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