The 50 Best Movie Dialogue Samples in Hip-Hop

26. Immortal Technique Samples Scarface

Song: "Peruvian Cocaine" (2003)


Rather than hijack the foul mouth of Tony Montana, Immortal Technique opts to rerun the Scarface (1983) television interview with the Bolivian journalist who is out to expose his country's drug lords. The gist of that conversation boils down to the TV host stating a startling factoid, which the reporter refers to as a "tragic comedy": "On one hand, you're saying the United States government is spending millions of dollars to eliminate the flow of drugs onto our streets. At the same time, we are doing business with the very same government that is flooding our streets with cocaine."

Once the song starts, Immortal Technique is joined by a full cast of guest MCs, each playing a part in what essentially is an audible mini movie exposing the various players involved in the drug game, from the lowly workers to the heads of states. The proceedings then end with another sample, this time from New Jack City (1991), in which Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) on the witness stand declares: "I'm not guilty. You're the one that's guilty. The lawmakers, the politicians, the Columbian drug lords, all you who lobby against making drugs legal. Just like you did with alcohol during the Prohibition. You're the one who's guilty. I mean, c'mon, let's kick the ballistics here: Ain't no Uzi's made in Harlem. Not one of us in here owns a poppy field. This thing is bigger than [here, Immortal Technique subs his own name for Nino's]. This is big business. This is the American way." Who knew you could use two Hollywood movies to make such a damning indictment of the powers that be?

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