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Mafioso Rap is a sub-genre in Hip Hop founded by Kool G Rap in the late 80s. The genre did not become popular until the 1995 release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... by Raekwon and Doe or Die by AZ. The genre soon gained recognition and saw the release of other notable albums including, It Was Written by Nas, Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z, and Life After Death by Notorious B.I.G.. The genre was very short lived in the late 90s as mainstream rap started gaining more recognition. In 2003 the genre saw a short revival with the release of The Lex Diamond Story by Raekwon. In 2006, Ghostface Killah followed with the release of Fishscale. In 2007, Jay-Z also followed with the release of his 10th studio album, American Gangster. By now, the genre saw a short revival specially when Raekwon release the sequel to his 1995 album in 2009, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II. That same year saw the release of Deeper Than Rap by Rick Ross and in 2010, Teflon Don. .

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