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gangsta

Syllabification: gang·sta
Pronunciation: /ˈɡaNGstə
 
/

Definition of gangsta in English:

noun

1 informal A gang member.
Example sentences
  • Let's fast-forward from the Vibe Awards to the Source Awards, another show where the thugs, gangstas and pimps made their presence felt.
  • He's pure street and the real thugs and gangstas on lockdown respect that.
  • While original gangstas like NWA presented graphic dispatches from LA gang turf where few reporters were brave enough to tread, he has been sold as a GI Joe doll with real bullet holes.
2 (also gangsta rap) A type of rap music featuring aggressive lyrics, often with reference to gang violence.
Example sentences
  • While European rap artists may listen to U.S. gangsta rap, their own lyrics are expected to represent their own social environment.
  • Gangsta rap is differentiable from other rap music in that gangsta rap makes use of images of urban life that are often associated with crime.
  • From this we can infer that the transgressed boundary in line 1 is indeed that of hip-hop music generally, and probably gangsta rap specifically.

Origin

1980s: alteration of gangster.

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