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Frank Lucas, notorious gangster depicted by Denzel Washington in 2007’s “American Gangster,” and inspiration for Jay-Z’s album of the same name, dead at 88; Twitter pays their respects #RIPFrankLucas

By Jay Rich Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer What Scarface did for kids, growing up in the 1980s, American Gangster did for kids, growing up in the 2000s. The difference is that the man, Frank Lucas, was a real person. His life and exploits were all brought to life by Denzel Washington, who played the heck out

Duney – “The Frank Lucas Hustle”

A lot of praise goes to fictional mob boss, Tony Montana. Portrayed by legendary actor, Al Pacino, Scarface was replaced in hip hop by Frank Lucas when Denzel Washington portrayed him in American Gangster. A real-life mob boss, Frank Lucas' life has become one of hip hop's most-celebrated hustles. Now, rising Dallas

Un Kasa ft. Raekwon – “Frank Lucas”

Frank Lucas made a major comeback in the fall of 2007. Known as a notorious gangster, Frank Lucas' life was turned into the movie Denzel Washington starred. Frank Lucas' life also inspired Jay-Z album, but in the six years since then, Frank has faded into the background. But, Un Kasa

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