Slang

Slang is the non-standard use of words in a language and sometimes the creation of new words or importation of words from another language. Slang terms are often particular to a certain subculture - such as hip hop. Several scholarly works have begun to explore the relationship between hip hop slang and African American English (otherwise known as Ebonics).

Below is a list of alternatives to general English that has been adapted by many in the hip hop community.

Alternative Pronunciation
Alternative Spelling
Conjoined Words
Partial Words
Replacement Suffix
Actions
Anatomy
Brand Names & Commercial Trademarks
Consumer Products
Drug Terms
Gang Terms
Gun Terms
Locations
Numbers
Concepts
Relationships
Miscellaneous
Phrases

Alternative Pronunciation
Used to shorten, alter, or change the sound of a word. Often used for ease of rhyming or to fit into rhythm, such as placing emphasis on the "O" vowel, while dropping the end consontants. Can also be used as self referential humor, by adopting a known variation in pronunciation used in local or regional settings, movies or popular media, dialects, accents, etc, with the end result of an intentional adopted spelling of this pronunciation.

* aight, aite, aw-ite - all right
* axe - ask "I want to axe you a question."
* befo' - before "I told you this befo'.’"
* biatch - bitch
* da' - the "He's da' man."
* dat - that "I love dat."
* dis - this "I love dis."
* down - I'm up for it. "I'm down."
* fitty - fifty "He's fitty years old.'
* flava - flavor
* flow - to rap, can also be used as a noun, "Listen to my flow."
* flo' - floor
* fo'(1)- for "This is fo' my Aunt."
* fo'(2) - the number four.
* fo'(3) - short for before, or any -fore suffix.
* ho - prostitute, short for whore
* mo' - more "I can't stand it no mo."
* moo' - move "moo’ over there for me."
* nigga, niggaz - one's boyz, those one hangs out with
* 'sup - what's up


Alternative Spelling
Spelling that alters letters in a word but results in roughly the same pronunciation. The intent is to place more emphasis on a part of the word than in the traditional pronunciation.

* boi - boy
* herre - here, pronounced as "her", introduced by rap artist Nelly in
  song lyrics, "It's getting hot in herre."
* phat - very cool

Conjoined Words

Words that are combined for ease of pronunciation, and to reduce the total number of syllables.

* busta - snitch, "You's a busta."
* fugly - fucking ugly, "She looks fugly."
* hella - hell of "He's hella cool."
* payce - peace "Payce dawg."

Partial Words

Uses part of a word to represent an entire word.

* cuz - short for because
* cuz(2) - a citation what's up cuz? / cousin, especially in Crips
  slang "He's my cuz."
* feds - short for Federal Agents, refers to cops or other law
  enforcement agencies
* popo - cops, short for police
* po' - poor "He's too po' to afford a house."
* sitch - situation

Replacement Suffix

The ending of a word is removed, and replaced with a new suffix used as a substitute, much like Pig latin.

* bizzle - bitch
* fizzle - can be female or fuck
* hizzle(1) - house
* hizzle(2) - hook, as in "Off the hook"
* nizzle - nigga
* rizzle - real
* shiznit - shit
* shizzle - sure
* tizzle - a state of agitation or nervousness

Actions

* bail - leave "I'm gonna bail."
* be - are, am, is - usually refers to location "I be over here." or
  "He be sleeping right now."
* bent - intoxicated
* buggin' - acting in a manner which is not socially acceptable "Why
  she buggin'?"
* bumpin' - to one's liking "That song is bumpin'."
* busta cap - to shoot a gun "I'ma busta cap in yo ass."
* busta move - to act quickly, or to perform a dance move
* bust out(1) - to leave, to exit. "He busted out of the club."
* bust out(2) - to show or introduce something. "He busted out a
  deck of playing cards from his coat pocket."
* chillin' - relaxing. "We chillin' at State and 3rd."
* dime - hot girl
* diss - to show disrespect.
* fittin' or fixin' - going to do something "I'm fittin' to buy me some
  cigarettes."
* gank - to steal "He ganked my ride."
* jet - leave "We gotta jet."
* lunchin' - behaving erratically
* roll out - to leave
* scrap - to fight "We scrapped in the back yard."
* spit - see flow.

Anatomy

* booty - buttocks, especially female
* guns - muscular arms
* puntang, poontang, punanny, pooty, poot - female genitalia

Brand Names & Commercial Trademarks
Learn more about Product Mentions in Rap Music.

* Benz - short for Mercedes Benz, known for luxury automobiles
* Cristal - Roederer Cristal, a brand of champagne
* Lex - short for Lexus, known for luxury automobiles

Consumer Products

* bub - short for bubbly, i.e. champagne
* rims - wheels of a vehicle, often a customized wheel replacing a
  manufacturer wheel, with an appealing design or "bling-bling"
  appearance. Size is also a factor, generally twenty to twenty-four
  inches denotes luxury or extra expense.
* whip - car

Drug Terms

* bud - marijuana
* dime, dimebag, dimesack, sawbuck - a ten dollar "bag" of illicit
  drugs
* ice - crystalized methamphetamine, ice cream, dream catcher
* mac - blunt
* nick, nickel, nickelbag, nickelsack, - a five dollar "bag" of illicit
  drugs
* yayo, yay - cocaine
* weed - buda, shwag, mota, bud, mary jane, dodo, green, fire,
  smoke, peace stick, watar, bluntos
* hydro - dro, dodo, banga, ganja, dank, sticky
* elbow - LB (lb.) pound of illicit drugs
* dub - a twenty dollar "bag" of illicit drugs
* quarter - a twenty five dollar "bag" of illicit drugs
* eight ball - an eight ounce "bag" of illicit drugs
* roll - MDMA, ecstasy pill

Gang Terms

* gangsta - member of a street gang
* playa - someone who is not monogamous / someone who's really
  in, someone who's got a lot of respect
* playa hata - one who has ill feelings towards the actions of a
  playa / someone with no respect, wanksta
* thug - hard core gangster
* wanksta - fake ass gangsta
* P.H.D. - pimping hoes daily
* noassatall - no ass at all
* chillax - chilling while relaxing
* white girl - cocaine, coke, yayo, blow,the shit

Gun Terms

* cap - bullet
* Mac 10, Mac - gun
* nine, nina - 9mm handgun
* piece - gun
* strapped up - holding a gun
* AR - AR 15 machine gun
* K - ak 47
* pump - shotgun
* pistol - gun
* heat - gun
* biscuit - gun
* ruger - gun
* 4 pounda - 40 caliber gun
* 44 - 44 caliber gun

Locations

* areous - area
* crib - place of residence
* hood - neighborhood
* bodega - corner store
* the shops - mall somewhere to go shopping

Numbers

* 313 - from, of, or referring to a Detroit (telephone) area code
* 213 - from, of, or referring to a southern California (telephone)
  area code
* 411 - information, from the telephone directory service in the US
* 420 - marijuana related, from the police code used for possession
  or use of marijuana
* 5-0 - police (referring to the television show Hawaii Five-O)
* 808 - police code for excessive noise pollution, supposedly named
  after a sound system of the same name.
* 730 - the code for crazy
* 247 - all day hustle
* 187 - murder
* 817 - Fort Worth TX,(funkytown, murderworth,and partyworth)
  telephone area code

Concepts

* benjamins - refers to 100 dollar bills after the American president
  Benjamin Franklin, whose face is on them. "It's all about the
  benjamins".
* bling bling - expensive jewelry or other expensive material
  possessions, refers to the imaginary sound of glistening metal or
  other shiny surfaces. "bling bling" added to Oxford Dictionary
* bo janglin' – stupid, not paying attention
* busted - ugly nigga, "Yo' girl is busted."
* dope - cool, tight
* dime - a very attractive woman, a "ten" on a scale of one-to-ten
* fly - appealing "She is so fly."
* koolin' it - kickin' it, chilling
* kickin' - appealing "Those rims are kickin."
* straight - okay
* the shit - awesome, great. "That man is the shit."
* tight - attractive "Your car is tight."
* wack - not to one's liking "This relationship is totally wack."
* ba-donka-donk - an incredibly attractive ass

Relationships

* boo - boy/girlfriend, beau
* boyz - gang friends
* brurva - a male acquaintance
* crew - one's good friends (similar to boyz)
* haps - mother
* hoodrat - girl with loose morals
* homie, homey, homeboy - friend
* jigga - acquaintance, alternate of "nigga"
* peeps - people, acquantainces
* shorty - girl, or girl on the side

Miscellaneous

* jakes - cops
* jonx - belongings
* junk - stuff, belongings, male or female genitals
* shit - stuff, belongings. "Get away from my shit."
* lowckin - checking out the scene

Phrases

* da bomb - the bomb, i.e. cool, appealing, or popular
* my bad - my mistake
* off the hook, off the chain - unbelievable, outrageous, wild, etc.
* peace out - good bye
* rise up, foo - bring it on
* school ya - to teach a lesson, to win a confrontation
* sku me - excuse me
* whas goin' down? - what are we doin` tonight?
* what tha dilly yo? - what is going on?
* what up? - hello, how are you?
* word up - got that straight, that's right, or how's it going?

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