Do you think it's easy being a rapper? There are so many different terms that you have to remember, and you have to start getting creative when you write your lyrics. Not only do creative lyrics attract fans, they also help you avoid getting your music banned from the radio. We learn so many different words for intercourse, violence, weapons, and drugs from rap music that we basically get an insight into a second language. Knowing rap slang is no joke, and if you have the additional vocabulary, you can keep up with the best of them.
This quiz isn't just about words used in rap songs, it's about the language and culture of rap music since its inception. These terms and phrases brought us an understanding of what it was like to live in the terrible neighborhoods of LA, New York and Detroit. They helped connect to those who lived in those cities, and they changed the way we look at language in general. If you think you have a grasp on rap slang, we challenge you to this intense quiz. If you think you have what it takes to ace this quiz, answer these questions, and let's see how well you know your rap slang.
Joe got "heated" over some idiot. What does it mean when Joe is heated?
He's very happy.
He's very angry.
When you're really angry, you're heated. Of course, this also is a direct term for something that has escalated. For example, you can get into a heated discussion with a heated person ... if you know your rap slang.
In rap slang, there are quite a few words for an attractive woman. One of those words is "dime." A dime is ten cents, and an attractive woman is a perfect ten, so the correlation is that a perfect woman is a dime.
This one is an oldie but a goodie. Your neighborhood is your hood. It was used in the early stages of rap slang, where rappers simply dropped the "neighbor" because neighbors weren't always that neighborly in the hood.
There have been so many variations of "homeboy" over the years, and "Brodie" is another step in the evolution of the word. It is a mix between bro and homie. The ladies love brodies, and they are normally really cool dudes.
"Hop in the L dog, and let's bounce!" What are you hopping into?
More specifically, an "L dog" is an old Lincoln, generally from the 1970s or 1980s. In the mid- to late-2000s, these became classic cars that many rappers coveted because they brought them back to the old days.
While there are many rap slang words and phrases for relaxing, "coolin' it" is a great way to say that you're not moving for the rest of the day. While you can tell someone who is freaking out to cool it, if you are the one coolin' it, you are simply relaxing.
"May I please have a 'big face'?" What am I asking for?
A "big face" can also mean a $20 or $50 bill, as these monetary notes' designs were changed around the time this term became famous. The design made the faces on the bills bigger, hence the term "big face."
Here's another easy one to give your brain a break. If someone has a lot of "bling-bling" what do they have?
"Bling-Bling" is based on the sound that diamonds would make if they made sounds as they shine. It was made famous by Weezy F. Baby (also known as Lil Wayne), and it really came to the spotlight with P!NK's song "Most Girls."
If you're driving a "hooptie," what kind of car are you driving?
A junkie car
There are some specific rules for calling a car a "hooptie," but for the most part, people call their terrible cars this name. Some people don't consider a car a "hooptie" unless it has a list of problems but is still treated like a classic.
Alright, you might know what a gangsta is, but what if the word is used in this context: "That ride is so gangsta"?
The word "gangsta" evolved over the years, and it is no longer used just to define a person, but it can describe something as tough as well. For example, you could say that a dog is gangsta, if it can hold up.
If someone tells you to meet them at the "telly," what should you do?
Go to a hotel
If you don't know your rap slang, you might think that the telly is your telephone, as it was once referred to as such. However, in rap slang, a "telly" is a hotel. It's also spelled tely, telli, tellee.
Did you know Sally is a juggale? In this sentence, what is Sally?
A fan of Will Smith
A fan of Insane Clown Posse
A juggalo isn't just a fan of Insane Clown Posse, they are avid followers, fanatics and a part of the culture. While many juggalos find that they are targeted by police and religious groups, others have been able to live out their lives in peace.
Which of these numbers has meaning in the rap slang world?
5150 is the California Welfare and Institutions code from someone who is mentally ill. More specifically, it's the police code for someone who is mentally unstable and a danger to others and themselves.
"730" means crazy, but it also can be used to call someone crazy. For example, you could say "that was 730" or you could say "he's 730." 730 refers to the code officers use when someone is out of control and a danger.
Fa Shizzle was made famous by Snoop Dogg with his lyrics in "Suited N Booted." He rapped "Fa shizzle my nizzle, the big Snoopy D-O-double-jizzle, back up in the hizzle." It made sense to him, and now it makes sense to us.