AZ’s Doe Or Die was another entry in the Mafioso rap canon. Perhaps no song better illustrated the subgenre’s cinematic ambitions than “Mo Money Mo Murder,” written less like a story and more like a screenplay—a screenplay, that is, with an especially rococo lyrical style. AZ and Nas indulge in their tendency to internal rhyme and intricate lyrical architecture: “I’m into bigger cheddar, G’s and better, Armarettas/Armani sweaters, plus these crabs could never dead us.” AZ—whose nickname was Sosa the year Chief Keef was born—even opens the track with a clip from the 1991 film Mobsters, a dramatized account of Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello, and Bugsy Siegel’s rise: “We’re bigger than the Jews...bigger than the Irish.” In comparison with earlier examples, like Kool G Rap’s literal mafia narrative, or “Fast Life’s” glamorization, “Mo Money Mo Murder” draws more attention to the kinds of writerly details of scene and setting (“Sippin’ cappuccino, spilled on his silk suits, was scaldin’/Laugh was vulgar, canvas paintings of the Isatollah/And on his arm he wore a priceless vulture”), as well as the ominous consequences, of a life lived illegal.