Definition of gangsta in English:

gangsta

Line breaks: gang|sta
Pronunciation: /ˈgaŋstə
 
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noun

  • 1 black slang A gang member: [as modifier]: he raps about the gangsta life
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    • 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) [mass noun] A type of rap music featuring aggressive macho lyrics, often with reference to gang violence.
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    • 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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