The 50 Best Movie Dialogue Samples in Hip-Hop

48. Jay-Z Samples American Gangster

Song: "Success" (2007)


Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) has risen to the top of the drug trade but life is far from great when his foes try to murk his wife. Mob boss Dominic Cattano (Armand Assante) tries his best to calm Lucas down by telling him, "Your success took a shot at you. What are you going to do now? How are you gonna kill it? You're gonna become unsuccessful? Frank, you can be successful and have enemies. Be unsuccessful, too, and even have friends."

Rapper Jay-Z can relate. Not only did he record an album named after the film American Gangster (2007) (and sample the above dialogue), but he, too, has seen the pitfalls of success. In fact, a close friend once told him, "More money, more problems."

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