gangsta rap


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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Recent Examples on the Web There was a poetry to his music that transcended the demographic lines of the previous era’s gangsta rap boom. Christian Hoard, Rolling Stone, "DMX: 16 Essential Songs," 9 Apr. 2021 The history of hip-hop, and especially of gangsta rap, is dotted with all of it. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Does the Woke Mob Have the Guts to Cancel Rap?," 7 Apr. 2021 One year later, in 1987, Dre helped design gangsta rap with N.W.A.. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Shelved: Dr. Dre’s Detox," 16 Mar. 2021 A generation later, the hair metal and synthpop of the ’80s gave way to the grunge and gangsta rap of the ’90s. Judy Berman, Time, "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry," 26 Feb. 2021 Hardcore’s blast beats, gangsta rap’s provocations, and grunge’s moans all used extremity to question mainstream values such as respectability, conformity, and consumerism. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Countercultural Sound of the 2020s," 14 Feb. 2021 Uptown made room for romance, dance jams, gangsta rap, and more all on one label. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Hip-Hop and R&B Were Once Disparate. Andre Harrell Changed That.," 10 May 2020 This will certainly be a nostalgia trip to the days of gangsta rap, grunge and the power of music videos. cleveland, "90 greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songs of the 1990s," 29 Apr. 2020 By 1992, the Beastie Boys no longer fit in with a hip-hop scene centered on gangsta rap. cleveland, "90 greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songs of the 1990s," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of gangsta rap

1989, in the meaning defined above

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14 Apr 2021

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

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