gangsta rap

gangsta rap

[gang-stuh]
noun
a type of rap music whose lyrics feature violence, sexual exploits, and the like.
Also, gangster rap.


Origin:
1985–90

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gangsta rap (ˈɡæŋstə)
 
n
a style of rap music, usually characterized by lyrics about Black street gangs in the US, often with violent, nihilistic, and misogynistic themes
 
[C20: phonetic rendering of gangster]
 
gangsta rapper
 
n

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gangsta rap

form of hip-hop music that became the genre's dominant style in the 1990s, a reflection and product of the often violent lifestyle of American inner cities afflicted with poverty and the dangers of drug use and drug dealing. The romanticization of the outlaw at the centre of much of gangsta rap appealed to rebellious suburbanites as well as to those who had firsthand experience of the the harsh realities of the ghetto.

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