In Rap, there is a unique culture, history, social impact and influence on society. Hip-Hop/Rap is one of the most popular genre of music. It has helped shape the pop culture into what it is today. What is popular culture? The ideas, activities or products, which are popular among the general mass. In today’s pop culture, one subject that is at the top of the list is hip-hop/rap. Hip-Hop music highlights verses consisting of slang and catchy phrases, which some parents find troublesome. However, the younger generation find it to be an expression of an artist’s life. Although rap is very influential, other elements in the past have influenced rap. You can see this through the Mafia and their cultural
The immigrants were not well received. They were viewed as scum filling the ghettos, affecting the job market, and threatening the American way of life. Their poor reputations were also fueled by the crime that had traveled with them. Aside from the rich culture and tradition, that had developed within the streets of Manhattan’s Little Italy, the Italian American Mafia was formed.
The Italian Mafia in the U.S. can trace its origins all the way back to the Sicilian Mafia which was founded in Sicily during the 1800’s (Italian Organized Crime). After thousands of years of different armies with different nationalities conquering Italy and exploiting its people, the Sicilians became to be more clannish and family focused. Originally they were just resistance fighters that were protecting their friends and family. They were relied on for protection, justice, and survival. Nobody cared if they got money from it because it came from the oppressive authorities. Members of these groups were known as “Men of Honor” and they were well respected and even admired because they looked out for their family and kept silent sometimes even unto death. They didn’t become an organized crime group until the 1920’s however (Italian Organized Crime). It was around this same time that the US began to see what later became La Cosa Nostra or “our thing,” better known as the American Mafia which was aided by the “thousands of Italian organized crime figures, mostly Sicilian Mafiosi” who came to the United States illegally (Italian Organized Crime). The modern American Mafia is credited to Charles “Lucky” Luciano who came over in the 1920’s (Italian Organized Crime). Luciano structured La Cosa Nostra just like their Sicilian
Eventually the family moved to central Brooklyn, which was known as East New York. In East New York, for a poor boy like John Gotti with nothing in the way of prospects, the Cosa Nostra represented something to which he could realistic aspire to gain the power and respect he craved.
Since it is known that the mafia is a criminal organization, but is also, and above all, for many, a way of understanding life, a kind of fundamentalism that cancels out the individuality of its members, whose identity is no longer belong to the member in order to be part of the new identity of the society in which the member will belong to. In fact, every member that was going to be part of that organization had to understand the term of family and had to live as a family. As brothers, the Flenory founded their organization of drug distribution in Detroit at the end of the 90s and gave it that name especially because of their family relationship.
The compare and contrast subjects I am discussing are Al Capone and John Joseph Gotti. The reason I have selected these people is because both are gangsters who have significantly gotten their name out in the world. The included research will prove why Al Capone is so well known as oppose to John Joseph Gotti. Both Capone and Gotti share the aspects of occupation, ranking, and childhood. However they also differ in many ways.
Chicago is home to two major things: big pizza and big traffic. When Alphonse Capone was active in it though, it was known for a third thing, big amounts of gang crime! Alphonse Capone is one of the recognized figures of gangland history. Throughout the early 1900s, he managed to run an entire crime syndicate and never got caught doing it. This was because Alphonse Capone knew how to operate without getting his hands dirty, which can be found in how he operated himself, how he operated using the legal system, how he operated using his cronies, and his last attempts at operating in prison.
Alphonse Gabriel Capone although you probably know him as Al Capone is one ofthe most renowned American gangsters today. Gabriel and Teresina Capone came to the US in 1893 and pursued their dream of starting large family. They established their family in Brooklyn, NY. Al Capone was one of their nine children born on January 17th, 1899.
Team B Analyzes the Genovese crime family originated from the Morello crime family of East Harlem in Manhattan during the early years of the 20th century. The Morellos started arriving in New York from the village of Corleone, Sicily around 1892, and soon became involved in criminal activities. The family was run by brothers Tony, Nicolo, and Giuseppe Morello, and half brothers Vincenzo "Vincent" Terranova and Ciro "The Artichoke King" Terranova. By the early 1910s, the Morello family involved themselves with extortion and other traditional Mafia activities in
With the passing of this act, mob organizations in the United States took a hard hit. Not only was the justice system on the pursuit of the mafia, but mafia members also began turning on each other in exchange for a place in the witness protection program. Enrollment in organized crime also saw a decline as people began to view the chaos that was occurring in gangs and as insular Italian-American neighborhoods, once a traditional recruiting ground for mobsters, underwent demographic shifts and became more assimilated into society at large. By the start of the 21st century, the American Mafia was a shadow of its former self.
The Mafia was able to achieve this prolific infiltration of American society in part because of a mass exodus of mafioso from Sicily after a brutal crackdown by the Fascist regime. Before their emigration from Sicily the mafia contended itself at times as a governmental body that exists outside of the law, with sense of honor and with a code even if it be a bit twisted. As a result of this image some members of Sicilian society viewed the Mafia favorably, garnering them a mystical and romantic quality if you were lucky enough to not be involved in the unsavory nature of the organization. Mussolini sought to undercut this appeal of the Mafia, in a statement Benito said “Gentlemen, it is time that I showed the Mafia up to you...Let nobody speak of the nobility or chivalry of the Mafia, unless he really wishes to insult the whole of Sicily.” In conjunction with his statement Mussolinis crackdown ensued shortly thereafter bringing the likes of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Joseph “Socks” Lanza, Vito Genovese, and many more to America.
For what reason not specify the Gambino mafia in New York, committed to sedate trafficking, to the offer of insurance, to the commercialization of privateer items and to the illegal betting business?
Paul Castellano, or “Big Paul” was an eight-grade dropout and boss of the richest, most dangerous, and most powerful crime syndicate in the United States. Born June 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, Big Paul began his life in the mob by running numbers. When he was named successor to the great Carlo Gambino, trouble arose. Many members felt that Aniello Dellacroce, although in prison, deserved the role but instead Gambino had promoted Paul. Some saw this as nepotism which was generally frowned upon on by La Cosa Nostra. To settle tensions Castellano gifted Neil Dellacroce some of the family’s most lucrative operations throughout Manhattan and Queens, but this did not completely satisfy the slighted underboss. Paul, like Gambino, was an unusual type of Mafia boss. Unfortunately, while Don Carlo was revolutionary, Big Paul was unsatisfactory. He was embarrassed that he was categorized as a gangster and preferred to be regarded as a diplomat or businessman. Big Paul was said to look more like a businessman or CEO than a mobster. Paul Castellano was flashy too; he liked elegant clothing, fine dining, and being driven around by chauffeur. He even detested violence which is not a good quality for a mob boss to obtain. “The Pope” as he was referred to, was standoffish. His predecessor had gone to the markets in Little Italy, held court in public places, lived in the city, and interacted with his soldiers and capos. Big Paul on the other hand, generally held court at his private estate, did
Mr. Joey I. Lawless, an alleged associate of Emilio Barzini, who is the head of the Barzini crime family, was apprehended for racketeering, money laundering, and potential cybercrimes. John Fox from the XYZ Corporation requested the performance of forensic analysis of the suspect’s imaged drive (lab1_2007-1001a.img) annotating items of value and any digital evidence regarding the alleged infractions.
Imagine living in a world where crime ruled. A world where gangsters were more powerful than politicians, owned the police, and ran the city in whatever way they felt. They robbed whom they wanted and killed when they didn't get their way. Now stop imagining and realize that this happened here in the United States of America in the 1920's. It was run by an organization made up mainly of Italians called the Mafia.