Drug dealer, been that nigga half my life

If you know me a little, than you probably know that the Clipse are not only my favorite duo ever, but individually Pusha-T and Malice are both some of my favorite rappers as well. No other coke rappers, even the illustrious duo of Ghostface and Raekwon, quite give off the same imagery or articulate their views on selling rocks like the Clipse. It’s not necessarily that they’re the best at giving clever punchlines and flipping different ways to sell drugs, granted they are some of the best, it is the fact that they are completely unique when it comes to describing coke in comparison to their peers. Pusha has a wonderful degree of narcissism and sardonic humor about everything he does, or at least claims to do, that few other rappers can come near. Malice on the other-hand perfectly compliments his brother by actually being conscious of the ramifications of his actions and to a certain extent remorseful, which is still jarring even though they are 10 years deep with essentially 4 albums and 5 mixtapes. I’ve yet to see a film regarding the cocaine distribution, or any illegal sale of drugs for that manner, come anywhere near the complexity of the people that distribute as the Clipse’s album ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ did. Nothing comes close for me than lines like ‘You don’t have to love me, just be convincing’. Succinctly put, this line on the track ‘Dirty Money’ tells you all you need to know about the relations between the dealers and women. A couple of my favorite bars from Malice’s verse on ‘Momma I’m So Sorry’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLHcOAHeXSs

From Frankfurt to Cologne, Oslo to Sweden
From Italy’s Milan to the shores of Napoli
Now I consider Ferrari and Salvador Dali’s
I’m no longer local, my thoughts are global
Thats why I seem distant, son expand ya vision

With all that said, I’ve long been fascinating with the drug trade, but I’m too pretty to risk going to jail. I don’t see how anyone really couldn’t be interested in it and easily seduced into going into the trade considering the options that are often around the people that delve into it as well as the fact that the beauty of delayed of gratification has been lost over the past few decades. Everything must be gotten now regardless of whom or what.

One of my favorite tracks regarding the traffiking of illicit materials is Immortal Technique’s ‘Peruvian Cocaine’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBRXZNuK3Jo) which chronicles each rung in how cocaine is distributed from whatever country, Peru in this song, to America. The film Traffic roughly covers the same material, even stopping off to showing some of the affects of substance abuse. It’s a pretty, pretty good film that I’m sure most people have seen considering all the awards it won the year it came out as well as the many years after it played on network television.

There are dozens of great films that deal with the drug trade. I will do a list at the end. One thing that really bothers me about movies concerning it, is that they tend to be extremely moralizing even if they make a concentrated effort to give ‘shades of gray’ to what we should do in regards of legalizing drugs or who are the real ‘good’ and ‘bad’ guys embroiled into the War on Drugs. I have a hard time finding films where the drug dealer wins. I’m aware that seems like an odd complaint to have but it is a curious issue for me. Sometimes ‘bad’ people do when. Drug dealing seems like one of those topics that dispute how nuanced directors want to make it out to be, they still want to draw a clear line that they always lose in the end. Sort of like how virtually all American war movies have been since Vietnam.

Okay, I’m going to break down the movies by the focus on the material  in 4 categories. In order they are movies about kingpins, people who use drugs and then become addicted, how drug dealing has effected their environment and in some cases forced them to entire the trade as basic survival/better life, and finally movies that deal with the perspective of the law enforcement. I won’t be listing movies about fake drugs. Nor will there be any comedy stoner flicks added. It’s not that I have anything against smoking marijuana, even if I don’t, it’s just majority of the movies aren’t really all that interesting or compelling in any sort of way unless you’re high.

I definitely need to come back and edit this because I don’t think the list is as diverse as it could be, particularly the cop movie section. I’m happy to have two posts back to back though. Haven’t done that in a long time!

Glory to the Drug Dealer

  1. Scarface (1983)
  2. American Gangster
  3. Sins of My Father
  4. New Jack City
  5. Paid in Full
  6. Cocaine Cowboys
  7. Cocaine Cowboys 2
  8. King of New York
  9. Pablo Escobar: King of Coke

The Users and Abusers

  1. Requiem for a Dream
  2. Kids
  3. Thirteen
  4. Reefer Madness
  5. The Man with the Golden Arm
  6. Trainspotting
  7. Dazed and Confused
  8. Fritz the Cat
  9. Drugstore Cowboy
  10. Easy Rider

Caught in the Hustle

  1. Maria: Full of Grace
  2. City of God
  3. Traffic
  4. The War on Drugs
  5. American Drug War: The Last White Hope
  6. Pure

Protecting the Peace…And Get a Little on the Side

  1. Miami Vice
  2. Training Day
  3. Narc
  4. Rush
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About panamaenrique

Afro-Latino film lover in NYC. I love blues, jazz, soul, funk, and everything else under the sun. Any questions, comments, or concerns about anything I say, feel free to hit me up. My contact info is there and I'll be sure to give you a lengthy response about what I said and why I said it.
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2 Responses to Drug dealer, been that nigga half my life

  1. *Yoles* says:

    drug *user and abusers* are some of my favorite types of films as well.. i am totally enamored by substance use, abuse, dependence & addiction and what happens to a character through all those phases… here are some of the movies i have enjoyed

    High Art
    Cookers -my favorite addict movie ever… the acting was so good, i’ve never seen the actors before or after this movie but they were amazing!
    Candy
    Less Than Zero
    Rush
    Pure
    Thirteen

    • I read the synopsis for ‘High Art’ at imdb and my immediate thought was that it takes place in Manhattan. I then scroll down to see the filming location, low and behold, it’s NY, NY. Cookers sounds interesting, even though I’m ambivalent towards meth and horror movies. Candy seems like it would fit under my ‘Users and Abusers’ section. Meh to Less Than Zero. Rush and Pure have been added to the list though!

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