are two types of "gangster":
1) A wannabe thug, often illiterate and an inhabitant
of a downtrodden ghetto that
hangs around in "gangs"; largely associated with the African-American subculture. These
try-hard wanna be "gangstas" attempt to make themselves
appear like real criminals by graffiting buildings, smoking/selling drugs
and trying to looking all "bad-ass and macho an'-shit, yo". An utter degradation of what
represent (see below), and street wannabe "gangsta"-types don't hold a candle to what
2) The *real* gangsters
behind organised crime; most notably the Mafia. Responsible for blackmarket trade, epsionage, organised beatings/assassinations, etc. "The Godfather" portrays the archtype of true gangsters
the brutality of mob beatings, shootings, running rackets and abusing
woman, alcohol and everything in between. The real gansters are *not* to be confused
with the aforementioned definition, commonly used as it might be.
1) I'm da gangsta in da hood, yo. Bustin' shiznitz an' layin' da cuts straight sittin' on yo ass wiv me Colt 40 and homies, cuttin' back a fat split in me crib, yo.
2) "All right, you just
shot 'em both. Now what do you do?"
and finish my dinner."