Rap dictionary

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The Totally Unofficial Rap Dictionary

1 and 2

Turntables. DJ behind the 1 and 2.
1-2 checker
1) Checking the MIC.

2) Checking the scene.
See 5%. Ten percent took a loss -- Boots
of The Coup.
(n) A NYC radio station that helped bring hip-hop
to the radio.
(n) The Technics SL 1200 is regarded as the best
turntable for DJ'ing.
The reason for this is its very, very high
torque. If you hit the
start/stop button, the platter will reach top
speed within a 1/4th
revolution. Not many turntables can match that.
My DJ you know 1200's
he's using, I don't! -- Schoolly D. (I don't
like rock 'n roll [??])
(n) The year the first slaveships arrived
in America. Sayin' 1555 how
I'm livin' -- Public Enemy (Can't truss it
(n) Be on the lookout for someone who is trying to kill
(n) Californian penal code number for homicide. The police
California uses the penal code numbers as shorthand on the radio.
in Oregon the code for homicide is 163.005, different from
Try to set me up for a 211, fuck around and get caught up
in a 187 --
Dr. Dre (Let me ride [1992]).
2 to 4
(n) The duration
of a imprisonement sentence, two to four years in
jail. Hit with a 2
to 4 is difficult -- Mobb Deep (Survival of the
fittest [??]).

(n) See twenty sack. I'm an addict for sneakers, 20's of buddah and

bitches with beepers -- NAS (New York state of mind [1994]).
21 Cerritos

(n) Long Beach crip set. The Dogg Pound and Warren G have rumored

association with them. But you don't really know about, you know, the

Cerritos silly ho -- Daz (Who gotz some gangsta shit [1994]).
Police code for armed robbery. Try to set me up for a 211, fuck
and get caught up in a 187 -- Dr. Dre (Let me ride [1992]).
1) (n)
The area code of Long Beach.
2) (n) The name of a group with Snoop,
Nate Dogg and Warren G. This
group was separated when they all got
big. Way back then 213 was the
clique -- Warren G (This DJ
(n) 22 caliber gun. Twentytwo automatic on my person --
Beastie Boys
(Rhymin' & stealin' [1986])
24/7, 24/7/365
(n) All
the time, from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
25 with an
(n) 25 years to life sentence. 25 with an izL -- Snoop Doggy Dog

(Murder was the case).
(n) A firearm.
(n) A .357 Magnum
pistol. .357 break it on down -- LL Cool J. (.357
Break it on down
36 chambers
(n) The 36 chambers a warrior has to go through
to become a Shaolin.
Every chambers has a special task the warrior has
to complete in order
to be able to continue to the next chamber. The
RZA said in an
interview with Billboard Magazine that there are nine
members in the
Clan, and each member has four chambers in his heart,
which makes 9x4 =
36 chambers.
1) (n) 38 caliber pistol.

2) (n) 38 hot means very angry.
(n) A handgun. Unpacked and I
grabbed my three eighty cause where we
stayin', niggaz look shady --
Ice Cube (Summer Vacation [1991]).
4 pound
(n) 45 caliber (1 caliber =
1/100th inch) gun.
(n) A 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor. Use to
drink every day, straight
40's to the head -- Ice-T. (Ed [1991]).

(n) Information, from the US phone number for information.

(n) The numbers represent letters of the alphabet; 4 is D, 9 is I, and

so on. These numbers spell dick. I be comin' through like the 4-9-3-11

tearing up the power-U -- Method Man (Meth vs Chef [1994]).
5% Nation

5% Nation -- A group which started as an offshoot of the NoI. They

teach that any large group of people, and more specifically, the

African American nation, can be divided into three groups, the 85% =

basically the ignorant masses which need to be led, the 5% = the people

with true knowledge of self whose job it is to lead the masses and

fight against the 10%, the 10% = people who have partial knowledge of

self and use it to gain power and wealth by exploiting the 85, also

referred to as "bloodsuckers of the poor". The chosen percentages are

what they feel that the percentages are within the black community.

These numbers are neither universal (all though these groups do exist

within any large group) nor unchangeable. That'll be the day the five

percent eat swine -- Dred Scott (???).
5 on it
Five dollars on a sac
of marihuana. I got five on it -- The Luniz (I
got five on it
5 0
1) (n) A police officer, from the series Hawaii Five-O.
The word is
used mainly in East LA. Five-O said 'freeze', and I got
numb -- Public
Enemy (Bring the Noise).
2) (n) A 5.0 liter Ford
Mustang, which is used as a police vehicle in
some areas.

(interj) A farewell bidding, from I'm outta here, which evolved to I'm

Audi, and to 5000 after the Audi 5000 car, which got recalled and is a

rare sight nowadays. Yo, we outta here, 5000, G! -- Ice Cube and Flavor

Flav (I'm only out for one thang [1990]).
(n) California police
code for drunk driving.
(n) Code of the California Legal Codes
that stands for a mentally
unstable person. Also the name of an old
Van Halen album.
1) (n) A 64-ounce bottle of malt liquor. 40's are
no more because now
I'm drinkin' 64s -- Grand Puba (Three Men at Chung
2) (n) A 1964 Chevrolet Impala. Jumped in the 64 with the
diamond in
the back, sunroof top -- N.W.A. (Gangsta, gangsta
1) (n) All-night convenience store, which was originally
open from 7am
to 11pm when other stores were closed. He always has me
open like a
7-11 -- Salt 'n Pepa (What a man [??]).
2) (n) From
the dice game called craps, rolling a 7 and then 11 wins.
Shake em up,
shake em, rollin with a couple of homies and watch me
break em with a
seven, seven-eleven -- Ice Cube (Today was a good day

1) (n) Old English 800, a popular beer in the hood.
2) (n) An
eightball is literally, in drug terms, an eight of an ounce.
There are
twenty-eight grams in an ounce, and hence, three and one half
grams in
an eightball. In places where an eightball is less than three
and a
half grams, the laws of supply and demand have constricted the

quantity in favor of a popular price.
3) (n) On to it. Ie: on the
8-ball, up with the play.
4) (n) The 8-ball is the last ball to pot in
the billiards game of
pool. If you accidentally pot it before the end
of the game, you lose.
So, the 8-ball also represents chance.

1) (n) The bassdrum from a Roland TR-808 drum machine, which is now a

popular sample.
2) (n) The police code for disturbing the peace.
Refers to the sound of
bass from stereos.
See 5%. Why? That's
most asked by 85 -- Ladybug of Digable Planets
(v) To
kill a plan or action. In the restaurant lingo it means that you
to cancel an order already placed with the kitchen or on the bill.
that spinach salad!.
9, 9mm
(n) 9 mm gun. My nine is easy to load --
L.L. Cool J. (Mama said knock
you out [1990])
9 to 5
(n) A job
where you work from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. While your were at
your job
working nine to five, the Beastie Boys were at the garden cold
it live! -- Beastie Boys (No sleep till Brooklyn [1986]).
(n) The
US phone number for emergencies. Now I dialed 911 a long time
ago --
Public Enemy (911 is a joke).
(n) The Akai S-950, a widely used
rackmount sampler. A nice piece of
equipment that allowed the producer
to stretch the sound wave so that
the sample could be sped up or
slowed down without changing the pitch.
It was made popular by the
Bomb Squad who used them to stack samples
thus giving their tracks the
dope sound. From the Alkaholiks (The next
level [1994]).
(n) A very limited make of Oldsmobile, usually considered
to be their
best make of car, year after year. A real status symbol.
My 98 is tough
to chase -- Public Enemy (You gonna get yours
(n) HOT 97, A CHR-turned-hip hop station in New
(n) WRKS KISS FM, a NYC radio station that helped bring
hip-hop to the



-- A --

(v) Am going
to. I'm a do it like this
The Acura Legend, a brand car. I'm the
Mack in the Ac, all paneling --
Notorious BIG (Unbelievable
1) (n) Hairstyle like the Jackson Five had, much hair
and round like a
2) (n) Person with an afro. Don't laugh
hoes, I'm down with The Afro's
-- Ice Cube (I gotta say what up!!!
[1990]) (note that Cube refers to a
rap group).
Assault rifle of Russian origin, nowadays produced in China. The

letters stand for Automatic Kalashnikov. My AK-47 is the tool -- Da

Lench Mob (Freedom got an AK [1993]) (originally from NWA (Straight out

of Compton)).
all that
(adj) in possession of all good
(n) Stereo set.
(n) The morning, as in A.M.
Steppin' to the am -- 3rd Bass (The cactus
(n) Refers
to Artist and Repetoir execs in record companies they are
hooked up
with an artist to help put out an image and distribute the
albums. First of all, who's your A & R, a mountain climber who
an electric guitar? -- Wu Tang Clan (Protect ya neck [1994]).
around the
(n) From the neighbourhood. From around the way -- Beastie Boys
sleep till Brooklyn [1986]).
(v) Ask. Gave her ten
dollars, then she axed me for some more --
Schoolly D. (P.S.K. (what
does it mean?) [??]).
ay yo trip
(interj) Phrase to seek attention,
compare Check this


-- B --

bag up
1) (v) To
laugh real hard at something.
2) (v) To be caught or arrested by the
(n) Someone who has established himself in the hood, who
is making much
money (beit illegitimate or not), and who is good with
the ladies; it
is a Blood term. The Crip version of this word is
(n) Person who cannot dress. Me and the rest of the
bammers -- Question
Mark Asylum (Deriving from teh D.C. area
1) (v) To fight to kill
2) (n) Banger: someone
associated with gangs and murder.
(v) To compete, usually
freestyle rapping, sometimes breakdancing. You
want to rap and you got
no battle, it's like havin' a boat and you got
no paddle -- Public
Enemy (??? [1987]).
(n) From breakdancing; one who breakdances.
B-boys in the front, back,
side and middle, check out my b-boy rhyme
and riddle -- Schoolly D.
(B-boy rhyme [??]).
beam me up, Scotty

(interj) Give me crack.
(n) Expensive European car: BMW, status
symbol. Used by Tribe Called
Quest on Low End Theory.
Also called a head.
(n) And argument or discrepancy with another
individual or group of
individuals. The following citation is from the
book Juba to Jive: the
dictionary of African-American slang, by
Clarence Major. Beef n.
(1930s-1940s; 1960s-1970s) an old word dating
back to general criminal
use in the thirties. For young black in the
sixties and later it meant
roughly the same as it had earlier: a
complaint or argument; a
disagreement in progress.
(n) A
prostitute. She was more than just a bend -- Grand Puba
Expensive European car: Mercedes Benz, status symbol. I used to get
play, now she stays behind me, 'cause I said I had a Benz 190 --

N.W.A. (I ain't the one).
1) (n) A pull out radio. Here come
the cops... put the Benzi-box under
the seat -- Naughty by Nature
(Strike a nerve [1991]).
2) (n) A box full of Mercedes Benz emblems
that were stolen off the
being [down] with something
Favouring something, thinking the same way. Howie Tee, are you with

me? -- The Real Roxanne and Howie Tee ((Bang zoom) let's gogo).

(n) Police officer. Didn't even see a berry flashing those high beams

-- Ice Cube (Good day [1992]).
(n) Baby gangster, as opposed to OG.
An OG has shot somebody, a BG has
not shot anyone yet. I quit school
cuz of recess, you fuckin BG --
Snoop Doggy Dogg (Pump Pump).

(n) A one hundred dollar banknote.
(n) See beamer. Lex, coupe,
bimaz, benz -- Lost Boyz.
(n) Kilo. A bird in the hand -- Ice
Cube (A bird in the hand [1991]).
1) (n) Prostitute; girls call
each other What's up, bitch? Doesn't
necessarily have to be negative.
Doesn't have to mean females either.
Cause some of y'all niggas is
bitches too -- Ice T (Bitches 2 [1991]).
2) (v) To curse or nag about
1) (v) To copy lyrics from other people. I know you
down south are
biting my lines, and if I catch you boy, your ass is
mine -- Schoolly
D. (Gucci time)
2) (v) To steal
(n) A
girl. My seven bizzo's -- 2 Live crew (??? [??]).
black book
1) A
small book carried by graffiti artists for others to do work in.
2) A
book to carry phone numbers in.
3) The Bible.
Black Panther movement

(n) This movement was founded in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton,

H.R. Brown and Bobby Seale. Fought for the rights of black to bear
like white people in the late 1960's and the early 1970's.

(v) To smoke crack.
(n) See marihuana.
(n) See
marihuana. Marijuana cigarette, herb stuffed cigar, generally

(v) Under influence of a blunt. Made a little record
for the blunted to
chill with -- Cypress Hill (Hand on the pump
(n) Marijuana laced with heroin.
1) (v) To have
sexual intercourse. Your aim is to bone -- Tribe Called
Quest (Classic
example of a date rape).
2) (n) Penis. You can act like a doggy, and
play with my bone --
Schoolly D. (Another poem [??]). 3) (n) One
4) (n) Core, soul. I'm a rock hard trooper to the bone --
Public Enemy
(Louder Than A Bomb)
5) (v) To bone out, as in
leaving. I'm a bone outta here.
(n) A figure that marijauna is
boiled in, which can be made out of
practically anything.
A cozy nickname. I'll be in here, boo -- Method Man (You're all I
(n) A shoplifter.
1) (adj) Not good,
lacking. And them rhymes you were kickin were quite
bootylicious --
Snoop Doggy Dogg (Dre Day [??]).
2) (n) Bottom, ass. Or getting a
piece of ass.
3) (n) Biblical, as in pirates booty or treasure. Since
booty is stolen
treasure, it could be good or bad. Often used in the
negative today.
(n) Totally dope, incredibly fine. Probably
orignated from the Boo-ya
Tribe. That shit was straight-up boo-ya --
1) (v) To leave, to get up, to break. You mean bounce...
I'm with you,
bounce right outta NYC -- Raekwon (??? [??]).
(n) Form of music from New Orleans. Check Mystikal's album for a
called Neva gonna bounce.
(n) Friend, possibly short for homeboy.
That's my boy.
bozack, 'zack
(n) Scrotum.
Brass Monkey
1) (n) an
alcoholic concoction available in liquor stores. Drinking
Brass Monkey
-- Beastie Boys (Brass Monkey [1986]).
break to
1) Comes from the
Biblical term selah. Comes from music, on the break,
but for hip-hop
refers to the break in the record that is created by
the DJ. Beats and
2) (v) transport onesself to, often quickly.
break off

(v) Marijuana is sometimes sold as little blocks. So, breaking off some

means to share the good stuff with others. Break ya off something --

Cypress Hill (Insane in the brain [1993]).
(n) Man of the same
group; friend. In the Bible you will read brethern,
which is used in
the same meaning.
doing a buck 50
(v) To speed or get out of a bad
situation. Derived from a buck, or
dollar. A buck fifty would then be
1.50, referring to doing 150 miles
per hour.
(n) Old car
in bad shape. So I moved on an old car, it was a bucket,
but fuck it,
it had to do -- Ice-T. (Midnight [1991]).
(v) To get
buckwild means to have sex, see also wilding. A buck is a
unbroken horse that cowboys try to master at a rodeo. Get
with the white freaks, show 'em how to really work the white
sheets --
Body Count (KKK Bitch [1991]).
(n) See marihuana. I'm an addict
for sneakers, 20's of buddah and
bitches with beepers -- NAS (New York
state of mind [1994]).
1) (n) At the start of De La soul's Buddy
video, Prince Paul makes a
statement to the effect that Buddy means
2) (n) Sexual partner. A bit more than a friend.
3) (adj)
Something that appears okay at first, but is actually a cheap

imitation; a knockoff, ripoff or fake. Said to be from Buddies which

are shoes that look cool but fall apart real quickly. Get that buddy

shit out of here -- (???).
(v) To act strange, crazy, weird. See
ill. You don't have to take us
seriously, we're only buggin' --
Whistle (Only buggin' [1984]).
(n) Crash the gates of a show
with a pack of people, in the hope to get
in without having to pay.
Yo!Bum rush the show -- Public Enemy. (Yo!Bum
rush the show)
1) (adj) Unpleasant, bad.
2) (n) A load of bunk: a
lot of nonsense.
1) (n) A large piece of graffiti usually
involving many colors. 2) (n)
A gun.
bust a nut
(v) To
bust this
(interj) Pay attention. But bust this! -- Ice-T
(Bitches 2 [1991]).
bust slugs
(v) To fire bullets. And bust some
slugs for South Africa -- Heather B.
with BDP (Seven MC's)

1) (n) Fake person, weak individual. Busta ass nigga talkin' bullshit

-- Dr. Dre (Rat-a-tat-tat).
2) (n) A snitch, a person who
1) (n) Bottom.
2) (adj) Not good, lacking. Get
yourself some toilet paper 'cause your
lyrics is butt -- Tribe Called
Quest (Low End Theory).
(adj) Well liked, smoothed out. Phife
Dog is on the mic and I'm smooth
like butter. It's like butter, not no
Parkay, not no margerine,
strictly butter, baby -- A Tribe Called
Quest (Butter [??]).
(n) Jamaican, resembles the sound of


-- C --

1) (n)
Bullet. I'm a pop a cap in him -- Jules in the movie Pulp

2) (n) Cranium, top of the skull. Blood's on my gear, from caps I've

peeled -- Ice-T. (Mic contract [1991]).
3) (n) Crack.
1) (n)
Vagina. Sprung on the Cat -- Sir Mixalot (Sprung on the cat
2) (n) Person. Used in the 70s. You cant take the jungle out
of the
cat -- Jeru Tha Damaja (Frustrated Nigger [1995]).
3) (adv) When
someone is being a pussy about something. Why don't you
ask the girl
out and stop being so cat?
1) To stare at a woman/man with
sexual intentions.
2) A stud with many women.
cave bitch
Female version of cave boy. Ice Cube (Cave bitch).
cave boy
(n) A
white person. Derived from the theory that early white man lived
You. I'm comin' to getcha -- Ice Cube (I'm gonna wetcha
(n) money; material wealth (from Bone: Thugs &
(n) See marihuana. Might be spelled cheeba. Some
call it cheeba, some
call it weed -- Schoolly D. (Saturday night).
Company inscriptions on
pharmaceutical drugs read "ciba", pronounced
1) (n) Any dumb person (usually refers to women
unfortunately) who
clucks (speaks) alot, and walks around aimlessly or
without purpose
(like a chicken with its head cut off). Give me all
the chickenheads
from Pasadena to Medina, let B.I.G. get in between ya
- Total featuring
the B.I.G. (Can't you see [??]).
2) Crack
addict. Repeatedly referred to in Do or die, a book about the
between the Crips and the Bloods in South Central.
1) (n) Relax.
Why don't you just chill -- L.L. Cool J. (Eat em up L
chill [1990]).

2) (adj) Mellow.
(n) The word in Spanish directly translates
to "pimp". In Spain the
word means cool. It is synonymous with bad ass
or bad guy. Vatos,
chulos, call us what you will -- Kid Frost (La Raza
(n) Gun. Now I gotta follow him home with the chrome
-- Ice Cube (Robin
(n) See marihuana. Incredibly
potent marihuana, it started out as weed
laced with coke. The Chronic
-- Dr. Dre (The Chronic [1992]).
(n) A circle of brothers
dropping science, showing and proving.
1) (v) To say one allies
oneself with a gang or set.
2) (v) To claim membership in a gang.

3) (v) To say something that is not necessarily true.
are an excellent English shoe brand.
(n) Gun or holder of bullets
to load a gun with. My AK-47 holdin' 50
clips -- Da Lench Mob (Freedom
got an AK [1993]).
(n) the West Coast equivalent of
(n) A dice game. Like shootin' C-low, and always hittin'
head cracks --
A Tribe Called Quest (Low end theory [??]).

1) (v) To stay aware of what happens around you. You're the one that

I'm clocking -- Ol' Dirty Bastard (Raw hide [1994])
2) (v) To earn. I
clock ducats -- Public Enemy (??? [??]).
3) (v) To always watch,
always have or to always be into something.
clockin' a grip -- Dr. Dre
and Snoop Doggy Dogg (G-thang [??]).
(adj) Disturbed.

1) (n) Penis.
2) (n) Vagina. She was giving up the cock -- Ice Cube
3) (v) To pull the hammer of a gun. Cock
the hammer, it's time for
action -- Cypress Hill (Cock the hammer
cock block
(v) To prevent someone from getting sexual
(n) A hispanic person trying to be white. Compare
with oreo.
(adj) intensely. Stone cold rhymin' -- Young MC (Stone
cold rhymin').
come correct
(v) To represent the real, to do something
the way it should be done.
When I'm on the mic, I come correct --
Beastie Boys (Sure shot)
(n) Vagina.
coqui 900
(n) A drink of some kind. (Coqui 900 -- Schoolly
county blues
(n) Prison-issue clothes.
(n) Compton in the
phonebook. Call it CPT for ease of use. Claimin'
they are from the CPT
-- N.W.A. (Compton's in the house [1990])
(n) Derogatory name for
a member of the Crips, an L.A. gang, used by
members of the Bloods,
another L.A. gang. members.
Money. From: Cash Rules Everything
Around Me, by the Wu-Tang Clan.
(n) Home. Black Ceasar at the
crib -- Public Enemy (Burn Hollywood Burn
crack a brew

(v) Open a beer. Crack another 40, smoke some kill -- Schoolly D.

(Smoke some kill)
(n) Originally a term from Reconstruction
time (1870) to mean southern
men. Now it means white bigot, from
whip-cracker or slavedriver. Got a
little problem with the redneck
cracker -- Ice Cube (The Predator).
(adj) Besides meaning insane
or extremely daring, it is kind of
synonymous with mad.
Extremely or very. Crazy fly bitches -- Ice-T (???).
News, after the newsreader Walter Cronkite. Grand Puba and Studd

Doogie droppin' Cronkite -- Grand Puba (A little of this).
Driving around, preferably showing off your car.
(adj) Hype,
phat. Tonight is going to be crunk -- ??.
(n) To sneak up on
(n) Group, band.
1) (n) A record, the latest
2) (n) A recently received haircut.
3) (v) Cutting wax:
scratching a record. Rip the cut! -- Just Ice (Back
to the old school)
4) (n) Behind, or out of the way. I glance in the cut and I see
homey Nate -- Warren

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