Definition of gangsta
1 : a member of an urban street gang
2 : a performer of gangsta rap
Examples of gangsta in a Sentence
the short, violence-filled life of an inner-city gangsta
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Dre, 52 (real name: Andre Young), got his start as a DJ in Compton, Calif., before co-founding gangsta rap group N.W.A and branching out into a successful solo career.
Dre's love of hip hop led him to become part of N.W.A., the trailblazing gangsta-rap group.
Widely regarded as being more masculine and certainly more gangsta than Barack.
Relating the upset in the black community when the Raiders were moved to Oakland, Ice Cube narrates a tale of increasing discontent with sports, politics, and the powers that be—culminating in the rise of gangsta rap.
W.C., an illustrious collaborator with Ice Cube in Westside Connection, revived several gangsta rap classics.
And like, n---as always wanna talk that gangsta, ain’t nothing gangsta about none of that s--t.
That makes him not unlike Shakur himself, a sensitive, poetry-loving theater kid who grew up in New York and Baltimore but reinvented himself as 2Pac, the ultimate bad-ass West Coast gangsta rapper.
So next time one of your friends complains that things aren’t going well because the gangsta planet is minding its own business, traveling in retrograde relative to the Earth, remind them it’s actually the best planet.
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Definition of gangsta for English Language Learners
: a member of a street gang
: a person who performs gangsta rap music
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