gangsta rap


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

Examples of gangsta rap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement But before they became recognized as the pioneers of gangsta rap, the members of N.W.A trafficked in the electro-rap tradition too. Liz Sanchez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 But thanks to oversaturation and the rise of West Coast gangsta rap, breaking soon fell out of favor. Sean Gregory, TIME, 5 Mar. 2024 When music chronicling murderous street life and sexist violence began to get radio play, the labels gave in and started signing gangsta rap artists. Amy Dubois Barnett, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 Dre began his career as a founding member of gangsta rap group N.W.A. and later was a central figure in West Coast G-funk hip hop. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 The trio had taken a break after 1993’s Down With the King, since gangsta rap was on the rise, but had recommitted themselves in 2001 with a new album, Crown Royal, and songs produced by Kid Rock, Jermaine Dupri, Stephan Jenkins, and, of course, Jam Master Jay, among others. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 27 Feb. 2024 This is the real birth of gangsta rap because many listeners bought into it. Armond White, National Review, 15 Nov. 2023 Through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Conway the Machine at 9:30 Club Like 50 Cent before him, Conway the Machine has an origin story worthy of a gangsta rap superhero: a 2012 shooting that left him with Bell’s palsy, facial paralysis, a slur and a new sense of purpose. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 Hints of Atlanta trap, Houston gangsta rap, Chicago drill, and Detroit street rap are in the mix, along with the offbeat Southern blues of Baton Rouge and the Bay Area’s chip-on-the-shoulder spirit. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 21 Aug. 2023

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First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gangsta rap was in 1989

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