gangsta rap

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Definition of gangsta rap 

: hip-hop music with lyrics explicitly portraying the violence and drug use of American inner-city gang life

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Separated by 10,000 miles and many centuries, gamelan and mariachi are much more distant historically, geographically and culturally than, say gangsta rap and Gregorian chant. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The musical view from Mexico and Bali (by way of Northridge and Santa Monica)," 20 Feb. 2018 Apparently, early '90s gangsta rap has bipartisan appeal. Robert Levine, Billboard, "A Bipartisan Summer Playlist From the Congressmen Behind the Music Modernization Act," 27 June 2018 German gangsta rap is dominated by Arab and Turkish artists, and reports of anti-Semitism have been on the rise among both immigrant groups and young Germans generations removed from the lessons of World War II. New York Times, "Jewish Rapper Takes On Germany’s Hip-Hop Scene," 11 May 2018 After all, with a sum of 11 locations in New York and Los Angeles, this is the place for yogis who can handle gangsta rap. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Turn Up the Heat With Hot Yoga for a Total Spring Body Reboot," 13 Apr. 2018 Anyone who has listened to or owned a copy of Dr. Dre’s iconic The Chronic or 2001 album, or anything by N.W.A, knows that Compton, Calif., is the home of West Coast gangsta rap. Monique Judge, The Root, "Black People Don’t Want ‘the Chronic’ in Compton, Calif.," 5 Feb. 2018 The gritty film – starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett and Ice Cube – humanized the harsh lives of a group of youngsters growing up amid the nihilistic lives explored in gangsta rap. Los Angeles Times Staff, latimes.com, "Hip-hop's game-changing moments," 26 Jan. 2018 Today marks the 25th anniversary of the West Coast gangsta rap tour de force that is Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Meet Truly Young, Dr. Dre’s Hot-Pink-Haired Daughter," 15 Dec. 2017

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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gangsta rap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gangsta rap

: a type of rap music with lyrics about the violence and drug use of street gangs

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