gangsta rap


Definition of gangsta rap

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

Other Words from gangsta rap

gangsta rapper noun

Examples of gangsta rap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adding to the jazz, funk, and Southern California gangsta rap of his past albums, Lamar borrows from modern classical and choral music to achieve a stark sort of majesty. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 18 May 2022 This, more or less, is how the music industry responded to gangsta rap some thirty years ago. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Fans on YouTube seemed to praise the video’s artistry overall and its tribute to gangsta rap pioneer Eazy-E. Few seemed to take issue with the references to Davidson. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 His music falls squarely into the tradition of classic L.A. gangsta rap, but with a refined and vivid perspective. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 22 Dec. 2021 Snoop Dogg buys Death Row Records, a onetime label home and gangsta rap powerhouse. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Music journalists and fans delighted in Caldwell's unique sound, which combined the gangsta rap he was raised on in Los Angeles with an ironic and darkly comic sensibility. Andrew Dalton, ajc, 28 Jan. 2022 Influence could only carry the gangsta rap pioneers so far. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2022 While his hometown might be canonically known for G-funk and gangsta rap, its mix of throwback and future-minded music left a deep impression on him as a teen. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 6 Jul. 2022.

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