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Coke. Its the real thing.
This is the story of Scarface starring Al Pacino. It was a knock out roll that launched Al Pacino to the stratosphere of Hollywood. The movie itself became “the movie” for hip-hop artists creating gangsta rap as well. It has the quintessential rags to riches to death movie as well as the reality of cocaine center of Miami in the 1980s.
In the background, we have Pablo Escobar, the true kingpin of cocaine trade in the 1980s. Scarface is a small caliber of Escobar’s life. Escobar rose from a neighborhood thug to control all of Columbia’s cocaine trade. By his 30s, he was listed in Forbe’s Top 100 richest men in the world. By 43, he had been gunned down by the police. He even served in Congress and built his own prison.
Another duality in the work is Coca-cola, which original recipe was 5% cocaine, cola nut and caffeine to create one of the most addictive consumer products in the world. After cocaine became illegal the leaves in the recipe were de-cocainized, but still retained coca leaves – the base ingredient for cocaine. So the end of cocaine will never happen while Coca-cola exists!
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