8 Hip-Hop-Inspired Terms That Should Be Added to Dictionaries
It took a while for hip-hop to get its props, and despite some recent head-scratching moments, the genre continues to get more recognition from the mainstream. This definitely holds true when it comes to hip-hop-inspired slang.
As hip-hop hails as America's popular brand of music, the culture’s colloquialisms have also seen a gained acceptance. It was 16 years ago that Cash Money Records’ term for diamond-flooded jewelry, “bling bling,” was added to the Oxford English dictionary after the New Orleans record label popularized the term in the '99 and the 2000s. Since then, the Oxford English and Merriam-Webster dictionaries have added more hip-hop related terms to their vault of acceptable lexemes.
In addition to bling bling, terms like "YOLO," popularized by Drake’s single, “The Motto,” and “twerk,” popularized by every woman shaking their derriere to rap tunes, have also gotten the official stamp of approval. Let’s not forget about the classics like "phat," "jiggy" and "dope."
Most recently, the word "stan" was accepted into both major dictionaries on the strength of Eminem’s morbid single about a rap fanatic of the same name (and Nas famously flipping the term into a derogatory one on "Ether" in 2001). With hip-hop being the spoon that now stirs popular culture, surely more are coming down the pike.
So, in order to provide the powers that be with a little help, XXL compiles a list of hip-hop-inspired terms that should be next to get dictionary status. Word up!
1. abandoned home or apartment, typically used for illicit activity.
Example: “Trapped out the bando, got tools like Rambo (Rambo)/Got birds like Birdman (Brrr)/Got white like Lindsay Lohan (White)” —Quavo (“Bando”)
1. outright lie.
2. falsification of facts.
Example: “You ain't livin' that shit you say, yeah, we know that's cap” —Meek Mill (“Going Bad”)
1. expensive, coveted material items—typically diamonds—or gaudy fashion.
1. swagger; an air of superiority.
Example: “Ric Flair drip, go 'woo' on a bitch (Woo)/Fifty-seven ninety, split the coupe on my wrist (Ice)” —Offset (“Ric Flair Drip”)
1. alternate usage of the phrase, “Let’s get it.”
2. expression of elation.
Example: “Only wear designer, esskeetit (Ooh)/Hoppin' out the Wraith, esskeetit (Esskeetit)/Smashin' on your bitch, esskeetit (Ooh)” —Lil Pump (“Esskeetit”)
1. hand-to-hand combat.
Example: “Because it's all in your eyes, most of y'all tell lies/Most of y'all don't fade, most of y'all been advised” —Kendrick Lamar (“Element”)
1. opposition; opponent.
2. member of a rival faction.
Example: “Hospital band a hundred bands, fuck a watch/Hundred grand'll make your best friends turn to opps” —Kanye West (“Yikes”)
1. a popular song selection.
1. a song that draws a positive reaction from listeners.
Example: “Back home smoking legal/I got more slaps that the Beatles” —Drake (“Going Bad”)
2. altercation or typically violent run-in between two rivaling individuals or factions.
Example: “I'm on beast mode, shoot you through your peep-hole/Said he want smoke, I don't really see it though” —6ix9ine (“Billy”)