Rappers love “Scarface.” While “Goodfellas” and “A Bronx Tale” might be better movies, rappers just can’t get enough of Tony Montana. The 1983 Oliver Stone film starring Al Pacino is a favorite because of the parallels MCs have drawn between their lives and Montana’s. After all the movie posters in those old episodes of “Cribs” and the many mentions of “Scarface” and character Alejandro Sosa in rhymes, Atlanta’s Future has a song simply called “Tony Montana.”
The track, which finds Future rapping as Montana, has started to gain legs outside of his stronghold of Atlanta — thanks in large part to a feature from Drake — and, of course, the next step is a video. When MTV News caught up with Future on Monday afternoon, he revealed he spent the past weekend shooting the clip in the beautiful Dominican Republic with director Jessy Terrero. Yes, Montana was from Cuba, but Future learned it isn’t easy shooting in foreign countries, let alone one with which the U.S. has longstanding political problems.
“It was hard [enough] getting over to the Dominican Republic and getting all the permits,” Future said. “I wanted to go to Cuba, but I couldn’t get over there because of the passports and going through customs. It took five hours in customs, getting searched 10 times, going to the Dominican Republic. Getting back, they damn near didn’t want me to come back to America.”
Future said it was a difficult process making the video, but it will be worth it once fans see his and Terrero’s vision. Drake is expected to be featured in the clip, although his part wasn’t filmed in the D.R. Unlike in the film, Future said the video finds him leaving the States.
“I get a call from overseas saying there’s been some robberies going on, and they want me to come over there and handle it,” he explained. “It’s like a caper, and I’m just getting down to it, trying to find out who’s in charge and who’s pulling the robberies. It’s a movie on wax.”