Rap mogul JAY-Z connected with Denzel Washington's real-life heroin dealer character in hit new film AMERICAN GANGSTER because drug lords were the only successful people in his neighbourhood when he was growing up. The rapper has recorded a new album inspired by the Ridley Scott film, in which Washington plays gangland boss Frank Lucas. And he admits the movie touched him personally because he recognised Washington's character in so many dealers he knew as a child, when he used to sell drugs on the streets of Brooklyn. He says, "Growing up where I grew up you don't see doctors and lawyers walking around. There's no one to emulate but drug dealers. "They're the only successful people in the neighbourhood. They're 18-years-old, driving better cars than your father."