Hip Hop Slang.

Slang/Language or Hip Hop Slang

Small-Talk about the lingo,slang culture and how important it is for a huge part of the global youth and adult culture.

Slang is the non-standard use of words in a language and sometimes the Slang terms are often particular to a certain subculture - such as hip hop.

Several scholarly works have begun to explore the relationship between slang and African American English!

Below is a list of alternatives to general English that has been adapted by many in the Hip Hop Slang community.

The-art-of-small-talk Team has compiled the list of slang words, for your further EDUCATION!

Alternative Pronunciation Anatomy Brand Names & Commercial Trademarks Consumer Products Drug Terms Gang Terms Gun Terms Locations Numbers Concepts Relationships Miscellaneous Phrases

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.

  • aight,aite,aw-ite- all right.
  • axe-ask "I want to axe you a question."
  • befo'-before "I told you this befo'."
  • 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 myflow."
  • flo'-floor.
  • fo'(1)-for "This is fo' my Aunt."
  • fo'(2)-the number four.
  • fo'(3)-short for before,or any fore suffix.
  • mo'-more "I can't stand it no mo."
  • moo'-move "moo’ over there for me."
  • 'sup-what's up.

Alternative Spelling Hip Hop Slang.

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 Slang 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 Hip Hop Slang Words.

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

  • busta-snitch,"You's a busta." payce-peace"Payce dawg."
Partial Words

Uses part of a word to represent an entire word in Hip Hop Slang.

  • 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."
  • sitc-situation.
Replacement Suffix

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

  • hizzle(1)-house.
  • hizzle(2)-hook,as in "Off the hook".
  • rizzle-real.
  • shizzle-sure.
  • tizzle-a state of agitation or nervousness.
Actions for Hip Hop Slang.
  • 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 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."
  • booty-buttocks,especially female.
  • guns-muscular arms.

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 For Hip Hop Slang
  • 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,mary jane,dodo,green,fire,smoke,watar peace stick,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.
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.
  • areous - area.

  • crib - place of residence.

  • hood - neighbourhood.

  • bodega - corner store-wine bar (in Europe).

  • the shops - mall somewhere to go shopping.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • tight - attractive "Your car is tight."
  • wack-not to one's liking "This relationship is totally wack."
  • 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.

  • peeps - people, acquantainces.
  • shorty - girl, or girl on the side.


  • jakes - cops.
  • jonx - belongings.
  • lowckin - checking out the scene.
Phrases For Hip Hop Slang ( Great Spelling, you school teachers should be proud? Only Joking, Hip Hop Slang Is here to stay!)

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  • 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?
The Hip Hop Slang is no different to all the silly song lyrics of the 60'70'&80'!

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