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 Kendrick's 'Damn' expands gangsta rap's palette with slick synths and psychedelic guitar. Mikael Wood,, "The Grammys' hip-hop game-changers Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z: An East Coast-West Coast contest," 26 Jan. 2018 Unfortunately, due to the negative criticism surrounding gangsta rap that followed through their feud, the collaboration was shelved until a year later. Erika Ramirez, Billboard, "Biggie's Biggest: The Notorious B.I.G.'s Top 15 Billboard Hot 100 Hits," 9 Mar. 2018 Before West’s impassioned 808s & Heartbreak was released in 2008, the early aughts were under the sway of gangsta rap with albums like 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ ruling the airwaves. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "This Was the Decade That Hip-Hop Style Got Femme," 18 July 2019 Long after trends like grunge, gangsta rap and rap rock have faded, the joyous sounding Nukes keep rolling. Matt Wake |,, "The ‘other guy’ in an iconic Huntsville band," 18 June 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of gangsta rap

1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Gangsta rap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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