XXL‘s ’90s Slang-tionary
bangin’ | ba ng-in |
1. of extraordinary quality
2. attractive or desirable
EXAMPLE: "God damn, backyard's bangin’ like a Benzie/If I was jiggy, you'd be spotted like Spuds McKenzie"—Ghostface Killah's “Ice Cream”
big willie | big ˈwilē |
1. someone with a lot of money and luxury goods, usually acquired through hustling; one with extravagant taste and a penchant for flaunting their wealth.
EXAMPLE: “The crew is lampin’ Big Willie-style/Check the chip-toothed smile, plus I profile wild.”—Nas, “The World is Yours”
bling | bli NG |
1. jewelry made primarily of platinum or diamonds; characterized by distinct gleam emitted when hit by light
EXAMPLE: “All day my phone ringin' bling bling bling/Can see my earring from a mile bling bling.”—B.G.'s “Bling, Bling”
’bout it | bout IT |
1. showing dedication; all about a particular topic or action
2. to be thorough in handling one’s business
3. down for any and everything
4. intrepidness; not showing fear
EXAMPLE: “Cause I'm bout it, I mean I'm rowdy/I hang with these killasthat everyone talk about.”—Master P's “Bout it, Bout it”
cheddar | ch edər |
1. currency; money, usually cash.
EXAMPLE: “See it's all about the cheddar, nobody do it better/Going back to Cali, strictly for the weather.”—The Notorious B.I.G.'s “Going Back to Cali”
chillaxin’ | chill axe N |
1. to chill and relax at the same time.
EXAMPLE: I'm just chillaxin'
coolio | cool IE oh |
1. remarkably cool or fresh
ADDITIONAL NOTES: The name of 1990’s rapper Coolio of “Gangsta’s Paradise” fame.
cream | krēm |
1. currency, usually signaling substantial, long-term wealth
EXAMPLE: “Cash rules everything around me/CREAM! Get the money, dolla dolla bill y’all.”—Method Man's “C.R.E.A.M.”
da bomb or bomb | da bäm |
1. something of surprisingly exceptional quality
1. to be explosively good; mind-blowing.
EXAMPLE: “The pussy was da bomb, had a nigga on sprung”– Snoop Doggy Dogg's “Bitches Ain’t Shit”
doe or dough | dō |
1. currency; quick means of exchange
EXAMPLE: “Bitches get fucked on the roof when i ain't got no hotel dough”—Big L's “7 Minute Freestyle”
drop it like it’s hot | dräp it līk its hät |
1. to drop one’s backside quickly to the rhythm of a song, catching it just before it touches the floor.
EXAMPLE: “After you back it up, then stop/Then wha, wha, what, drop drop it like it's hot”—Lil Wayne's “Back that Azz Up”
everything is everything | evrē th i NG iz 'evrē th i NG |
1. it’s all good; used to affirm or confirm that a situation is chill; all is right in the world.
EXAMPLE: “Everything is everything, what is meant to be will be”—Lauryn Hill's “Everything Is Everything”
groovy | groōvē |
1. cool; used to confirm that everything is OK; often uttered during the use of hallucinogenic or psychedelic drugs.
EXAMPLE: “Groovy dude, not to prove to be rude/But this stuff is like what you might put on movie food.”—MF DOOM's “Great Day”
holla back | hälər bak |
1. to reply in order to continue a correspondence with a friend or new acquaintance.
EXAMPLE: "It's alright, you heard? It's alright, holla back"—Jay-Z's "It's Alright"
ADDITIONAL NOTES: officially died in 2005, after the release of Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”
hooty hoo | hoō tee hu |
1. call used by hustlers to signal the presence of police.
2. tribal utterance acknowledging a friend.
EXAMPLE: “One for the playas at the crib, dank and dranks/And two is for the sound, Hootie Hoo that I make”—Big Boi's “Hootie Hoo”
jiggy | 'jig-ee |
1. fly; dapper; exceptionally well-dressed and put together
EXAMPLE: “Let’s get the dough and stay real jiggy, uh huh/And sip the Cris and And sip the Cris' and get pissy-pissy/Flow infinitely like the memory of my nigga Biggie, baby!”—Jay-Z's “Hard Knock Life”
keepin’ it real | kēp in it 'rē(ə)l |
1. the act of staying true to one’s self or upbringing
EXAMPLE: “Keepin’ it real, packin’ steel, getting’ high/’Cause life’s a bitch and then ya die.”—AZ's “Life’s a Bitch”
live | liv |
1. full of energy; exciting; lively>
2. real, authentic
EXAMPLE: “From Bedford Stuyvesant, the livest one/Representin’ BK to the fullest”—The Notorious B.I.G.'s “Unbelievable”
maxin’ | maks‐in |
1. to do a whole lot of nothing; relaxing without a care in the world.
EXAMPLE: “Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool and uh shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school.”—The Fresh Prince's “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song”
mo’ money, mo’ problems | mo 'mənē mo 'präbləms |
1. the eternal conundrum of success; the more money you get, the more problems you have.
EXAMPLE: “I don’t know what they want from me/It’s like the more money we come about, the more problems we see.”—The Notorious B.I.G.'s “Mo Money, Mo Problems”
no diggity | nō dig-i-tee |
1. without a doubt; definite; used to show supreme confidence in something
EXAMPLE: “I like the players/No diggity, no doubt”—Blackstreet's “No Diggity”
slammin' | slam-in |
1. aggressively good; of a definitely superior quality
EXAMPLE: “My rap’s steady slammin’, I keep a heavy cannon/It’s a new sherrif in town, and it ain’t Reggie Hammond.”—Big L's “Put it On”
sneaks | snəks |
1. from the root word sneakers
2. tennis shoes; kicks; gym shoes
EXAMPLE: "Freaks be movin' in fly sneaks/two finger rings and gold teeth, and ain't afraid to hold heat"—Raekwon's "Ice Cream"
phat | fat |
1. used to describe something of considerable thickness or girth, usually a part of the female anatomy;
2. describing something particularly fulfilling; robust; can refer to one’s wealth.
3. acronym for pretty hot and tempting.
Note: Not to be confused with “fat.”
EXAMPLE: “Long as my motherfuckin’ pockets was phat/I didn’t give a fuck where the bitch was at.”—Dr. Dre's “Bitches Ain’t Shit”
word up | wərd əp |
1. interjectional statement of the affirmative; shows that the user enthusiastically agrees with what was just said.
EXAMPLE: "Thug changes, and love changes/and best friends become strangers, word up"—Nas' "The Message"
ya played yaself | yə plā ed ya self |
1. To overstep one’s bounds, unintentionally embarrassing one’s self; to misjudge or underestimate an opponent based on delusions of grandeur.
EXAMPLE: “So put a quarter in your ass, 'cause ya played yaself”—Big Daddy Kane's “The Symphony”—Calvin Stovall