What is the top hip hop terminology

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A feature of the German Hip hop-Culture is its own jargon. It is often difficult to understand for people unrelated to hip-hop. Many terms are loan words from English, which is due to the fact that hip-hop has its roots in the United States. When hip-hop reached Germany in the early 1980s, many terms were simply adopted.

There are terms that are used throughout Hip-Hop and those that are only used in sub-areas MCing, DJing, B-Boying (Breakdance) and graffiti be used. For some Anglicisms, German equivalents have been found in the course of time. Aerosol cans, for example, are no longer necessarily referred to as "cans", but equivalently as "cans".

Hip-hop in general

  • aight - Short form of Engl. all right: okay; is often used by rappers in texts at the end of a line and stands for right, okay or very precisely. But it can also be used as a promise in everyday life. Example: I've finished showering, let's go shopping now, to which the answer could be aight.
  • Etch - Friend, but rather as a member of a gang with whom one celebrates and fights "enemies". This word was coined by the Berlin rapeseed scene and originally means something like "brother". Origin can be found in the old Berlin dialect.
  • B-boy / B-girl - (noun) from engl. Breaking boy or girl: a male or female break dancer
  • Backspin - (noun) well-known hip-hop magazine in Germany, named after a dance step in breakdance and a scratch movement in turntablism.
  • Battle - (noun) from engl. battle: Battle; Test of strength between two opponents, both between MCs and between b-boys, sprayers and beatboxers. It is usually judged by a jury or the audience
  • Beef - (noun) nag, complain; Stress or animosity between crews or individuals
  • Bitch (also Biatch) - (noun) engl. bitch: Bitch in heat; Slut, often used disrespectfully for women in rap lyrics
  • ask - (often wrongly too bytes) (Verb) from engl. to bite: bite; Copying, copying / imitating texts, styles and / or flows of other MCs or writers, whereby it is stated that the service provided is a separate product
  • broke - (adj.) Broke
  • crew - (noun) engl. Group; Association of friends (e.g. sprayer crew or rap crew)
  • Cypher - (noun) A circle of people in which 2 breakers or MCs battle each other
  • damn - from engl. damned: means darned, but is also used in a positive sense, e.g. E.g. damn awesome
  • dope - (adj.) From engl. dope/doping: Well; Always used in relation to an artist in the scene or their product.
  • faker - (noun) from engl. fake: someone who pretends to be or to be able to do something, a blender
  • fuck - (Verb) Synonym for "defeat", but also beat / beat up - On the contrary, "We were fucked" (we were defeated), possibly also to be understood as "caught" (e.g. when it comes to the police).
  • Flic - (noun) from engl. Video
  • Flow - (noun) from engl. flow; describes the (perfect) interplay of voice, beat, melody, text and pronunciation of the rapper.
  • fresh - (adj.) From engl. fresh: fresh; new, not seen before, good
  • had - (verb) from engl. to hate: to hate; Often used expression between hip-hopers, has less to do with hatred and more to do with envy. Haten means making bad for no reason.
  • Homie - (noun) Abbreviation for Homeboy, but with different meanings; Usually addressed to a friend, but in battle rap as a neutral form of address to the opponent.
  • Homeboy - (noun) Means as much as neighbor. In its original form, an address to a friend. Over time, the word became increasingly ironic and now mostly has a negative meaning. Homeboy is not in itself a diss (abuse) to the person addressed, but increasingly a form of address to a person who is dissed.
  • Ice - (noun) from engl. ice; In hip-hop a visual comparison, meaning diamonds and overall eye-catching jewelry.
  • Jam - (noun) hip-hop party
  • Juice - (noun) Well-known hip-hop magazine in Germany
  • MC [from the English: master of ceremony] is a rapper or generally a person who takes part in a battle.
  • nigger - (noun) This slang term (also in jargon Nigga, Niggah or Niggar) is used ironically among blacks, but increasingly also among whites, in the sense of friend, mate or "atze". This term is often used by rappers. In battle rap, however, it can also be used to describe the opponent in a provocative but also ironic way. Cf. Homie / homeboy
  • Peeps - (noun) from engl. People; Short for people.
  • Pimp - (noun) from engl. pimp; Term for a gangsta rapper.
  • "to pimp (up)" - (verb) pimp something. Became known through the MTV series Pimp my Ride, which followed various formats (e.g. Pimp my Fahrrad, Pimp my whatever)
  • pint - (noun) Synonym for penis, origin is the Anglo-Saxon spatial unit pint (approx. 0.5 liters). Should associate the (mostly own) penis with the volume of half a liter.
  • Propz / Props - (noun) expressions of respect (People Respect Other People Seriously)
  • Rap game or also Rapbus (iness) - (noun) the rap business or the rap scene
  • Rail - (noun) Opposite of Atze or "bad" Atze
  • Respect - (noun) deference, recognition of others' achievements and Skills
  • Skills - (noun) Skills in handling the spray can, the microphone, the Turntables Etc.
  • spit - (verb) from engl. hiss, spit: stands for rhymes that are pronounced the same but have a different meaning.
  • tight - (adj.) From engl. tight: tight, tight, good. Is always used in relation to an artist in the scene or his product and means something like awesome. In the slang of some artists in the scene, however, this word is also used as a synonym for drunk or broad.
  • Toy , der- (noun) from engl. Toy: Toys. Is used derogatory in graffiti for sprayers who are inexperienced and / or untalented.
  • Wack MC - (Subst .; often incorrectly also "whack") An MC who is not respected in the community and is characterized by incompetence
  • Yo - Greeting, collegial. Sometimes also serves as a substitute for the word Yes or just as a filler word, e.g. B. when a rapper starts rapping.
  • Hood - Stands for the district / area where the homies are.
  • Word / Word - What is meant here is an agreement or an agreement.

DJing [edit]

  • diggin 'the crates - English for "rummaging through boxes", ie looking for "special" records
  • cut - engl. "to cut"; copying quotes from rappers who are mostly not part of the own crew from another track / other tracks; here the quotations are "cut", accompanied and / or underlaid with scratches.
  • scratch / scratch / scratch - engl. "To scratch"; The generation of tones by rhythmically moving a running record back and forth, whereby you can use the crossfader of the mixer to fade in and out certain tones in time to combine them into new melodies or to mix the scratches with a running beat
  • Turntable - record player
  • Wheels of steel / One & Twos - Turntables, in the case of the widespread Technics model (1210 MK2), the term "12-10" is also often used
  • Beat Juggling - is the manipulation of two identical or different records to create a new melody
  • 1210s - Technics turntable
  • mixer - is a device that is placed between the turntables and is used to control the two turntables

Graffiti [edit]

  • 3D style - Style in which three-dimensional letters are created through the setting of light and shadow (see Trompe-l’œil)
  • Background - background of a Pieces
  • Blackbook - Sketchbook, some with glued photos and dedications of friends Writer
  • Blockbusters - large, well-readable, angular ones Styles
  • bombs - 1. As much as possible Tags and Bombings to paint, 2. paint illegally
  • Bombing - quickly painted picture, mostly just Outline and fatcap fill-in
  • Bubbles - circular colored areas, often Background
  • Bubblestyle - Style with rounded, cloud-like letters
  • buff - Cleaning, cleaning, removing graffiti, also consuming mariuhana
  • Burner - successful or clearly visible image, but also general recognition, not only in the graffiti area.
  • to be busted (also to be fucked or caught) - to be exposed as a sprayer and punished
  • Cap - Spray head with a certain line width
  • Fatcap - Spray head with high color output and wide line, suitable e.g. B. for Fill-ins
  • Skinny cap - Spray head with low color output and thin line, suitable e.g. B. for Outlines and Highlights
  • Character - figurative representations, often comic characters or drawn in comic style
  • cross - from engl. thwart; Willful destruction of someone else's picture by crossing out or painting over with your own tags
  • End to end (also “end2end”, “e to e” or “e2e”) - train wagon painted from beginning to end
  • thread - from engl. fade (out / in): fade out / fade in; Thread is the creation of a gradual (not abrupt) color transition
  • Fill-in - Filling the letters, area within the Outlines
  • Fuck - ("to be fucked") are caught by the police during an action
  • Flow - Harmony in the composition of an image, good flow of letters
  • Hall of fame or Hall - Legalized areas with often high-quality images
  • Highlights - Painted light reflections, mostly white lines in the interior of the letters
  • Jug - Spray can
  • Line - Railway lines, track sections
  • Lay-up - small train parking systems, Sweeping system, where the trains are briefly parked
  • paint, painter - Spray graffiti, graffiti sprayer
  • Outline - Immediate border of the letters of a graffiti lettering
  • Overkill - happens with cheap cans when the paint does not come out spray but still liquid like a jet
  • Second outline - Line that frames the entire lettering
  • Piece - Elaborate, extensive graffiti, abbreviated name for Masterpiece
  • Panel - Area between the window and the lower edge of trains
  • Quickpiece - please refer Bombing
  • Rooftop - from engl. House roof; Pieces on eaves
  • Spot - from engl. Place; place suitable for spraying a picture
  • Hotspot - from engl. Hot place; Very Popular or Accessible Place (Perfect Spot)
  • Hatching - Synonym for Throw-up
  • Stencil - Spray template
  • Style - 1. Synonym for Piece, 2. artistic style of a painter
  • Day - Signature abbreviation, signature, artist name of a painter
  • tag - Attaching your own Tags with spray can or Edding marker
  • Throw-up, t-up - Bombing with monochrome hatched Filling
  • Top to bottom(also "top2bottom", "t to b" or "t2b") - Train wagon painted from top to bottom
  • Toy - inexperienced or worse Writer. Is now also used in (battle) rap
  • Trash train - Discarded, painted train
  • Trash yard - Parking area for train wagons that are no longer in use
  • Train bombing - Spraying trains
  • Whole Car - Wagon painted over the whole area (e2e + t2b)
  • Whole Train - Train with only fully painted wagons
  • Wild style - complicated and convoluted picture
  • Writer - graffiti sprayer
  • yard - Railway area, parking area for trains

MCing [edit]

  • bar from engl. "bar": clock; see line
  • Battle - (noun) from engl. battle: Battle; Test of strength between two MCs, which can have different shapes. A battle can either take place freestyle or be an exchange of blows from prepared, written battle texts. Usually such a battle is judged by a jury or the audience. See battle rap.
  • Blender (Noun) a disruptive MC that tries to hinder the good MCs; this expression coined v. a. Samy Deluxe; see also Wack MC, someone who only pretends to be Mc, Writer, Dj, Beatboxer or Breaker or even a HipHop Head Fake
  • Digga - (also Dicker, Digger, Diggah etc.) (noun) from German "Dicker"; Neutral form of address to a person - can be related to friends as well as strangers or opponents.
  • Diss - (noun) from engl. to dis, comes from to disrespect: not respecting; humiliate and abuse another person through rap, statements, or actions.
  • drop - (verb), from Engl. "to drop": throw out, switch off: temporarily used as a synonym for "kick" (albums, stylez or rhymes are dropped)
  • Double time - Rap technique, which is rapping at double speed. It is important here to maintain the intelligibility. Further modifications, such as trippletime, are rather rare.
  • fake - (adj.) From engl. fake: false, fake; Is mainly used when the impression arises that an MC, his appearance, his texts and / or his flow do not stand for his own person, but he tries to copy a better MC or embodies another appearance that is actually not his Person fits. See Wack MC
  • Toca Toca - (noun) used a lot in northern Germany, shaped by imumulation, Tobetoxic, Hypocrite Sellout, etc. describes a crazy, indefinable state.
  • flexing (Verb) to perform a part rap technically well, impressively and convincingly
  • Flow - (noun) from engl. to flow: flow; Text flow when rapping; Flow is the whole way in which the rapper combines text and beat. These include speed, pitch of the voice, whether someone is singing and a few other aspects. The abilities of a rapper are measured next to his texts, above all, by his flow and the variety in it.
  • Gig - Rap concert or performance
  • kick - (verb) from engl. to kic: to step; rap; issue; publish (lines, texts, tracks, albums, styles etc. are usually kicked)
  • Hook - please refer Hookline
  • Hookline - (noun) from engl. hook: Hook, engl. line: Row; Corresponds to a chorus of a song and is therefore sometimes called that. This is a special piece of a track that does not necessarily have to be included in a track. Characteristic for a hook (line) is usually a changed flow, its recurring form and sometimes its own beat and vocals. The hookline does not normally consist of just one line, as the name suggests, but often consists of four / eight lines.
  • Line - (noun) from engl. line: Line, line; Line in a rap text, train line (track)
  • MC - Abbreviation for Master of Ceremony; meanwhile often mistranslated as Microphone checker; Original term for a rapper, in the beginning MCs were only there to support the DJs and to animate the people.
  • part - (noun) from engl. part: Part; a rap that is seen as a solid unit. A part can represent an entire track or part of a track. For example, if two MCs produce a track by rapping one after the other, one speaks of two parts. The product too one Rappers can be divided into different parts, e.g. B. there is a serious beat and / or flow change or if a track is divided into stanzas and a repeating hook.
  • punch - (verb) from engl. "Hit with the fist", short for Punchline
  • Punchline - (noun) engl. punchline: Punchline; Line that contains a particularly violent (depressing) statement. Mainly occurs in battle texts. Structure: The first line is a "normal" battle line, nothing special. The following line contains a joke (punch line), often of an insulting nature.
  • Track - (noun) from engl. track: Song; Rap song (In common parlance, of course, track stands for a song in the more general sense. But the term track, used in hip-hop jargon, actually only stands for rap songs.)

Web links [edit]

  • Rap Dictionary - Wiki about hiphop slang, bands and artists; (English)
  • [1] - Online dictionary with slang words (English)