R A P D I C T I O N A R Y
This is the second part of the bi-weekly posting of the Totally Unofficial
Rap Dictionary to alt.rap. It is extracted from the WWW version accessible
This part contains dictionary-related items, like some rap geography,
a who-is-who part and a wishlist for the dictionary.
Please help making this list more complete. If it wasn't for the help of
the UseNet alt.rap community, this list wouldn't be one percent of its
current size. Feel free to use or to contribute to this list. I don't
want anyone (including myself) to use this list for financial gain, though.
Rappers often mention placenames in their lyrics. If you are not from
around the way, you can train your geography skills here.
Al B Square Mall
Albee Square Mall in Brooklyn - Bizmarkie
Movie theatre in the Bronx - Nice and Smooth.
Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Also called The Stuy.
The Boogie Bang
The Bronx. King Sun mentions it in one of his EPs.
New York City borough. Origin of Boogie Down Productions. "My
posse from the Bronx is hip" -- Boogie Down Productions (My
New York City borough. "No sleep till Brooklyn!" --
Beastie Boys (No sleep till Brooklyn ).
A neighborhood better known as the Brownsville section of Brooklyn
used by Smif & Wesson and Black Moon.
Jersey City, Double XX Posse.
Los Angeles borough. This is where the gangsta style was born.
Phonebook abbreviation for Compton.
Los Angeles street.
D-Town, The D
Detroit, with its own sound, D-Funk.
Street in the New York City borough of Queens. Home of L.L. Cool J.
"Farmers Boulevard, that's where the crib's at, that's where me
and E. hang out." -- L.L. Cool J. (???)
New York boxing arena, many prominent New York City boxers
have boxed there.
San Francisco district.
42nd street, Manhattan, the Times Square area.
San Francisco. Home of JT the bigga figga.
Hunter's Point, a San Francisco district.
East-orange, NJ. Home of Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Fugees.
Los Angeles. In particular the phrase "LA 1992" indicates
the riots that broke out after the Rodney King trial.
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Land of the Heartless
Phonebook abbreviation for Long Beach, California. Home of 21 & Lewis.
"With so much drama in the LBC" -- Snoop Doggy Dogg (Gin and
Second most holy city of Islam; Nickname for Brooklyn.
Moneyearnin' Mount Vernon
Shabazz, 4th ave, 3rd street. One of the worst corners in
Mount Vernon - hood hang out, dealers, addicts and Shabazz-
Betty Shabazz ownes a very small fast food place. Heavy D.,
Pete Rock and CL Smooth - 77 hillside straight up columbus hill
make a left in Mount Vernon.
Brick City. Home of RedMan, LUTOG, Artifacts, Channel Live,
T-neck, Das Efx.
New Rochelle NY, a suburb of NYC, borders Mount Vernon.
Origin of Grand Puba and Brand Nubian.
Oaktown, the big O, the O
Oakland, California. The Westside O and the Eastside O stand for
West and East Oakland. Home of Too $hort and Luniz.
Amsterdam (the Netherlands) hood where the foundations of the Dutch
underground, hardcore hiphop scene were laid. Rap artists such as
Jason, West Klan and first and foremost The Osdorp Posse are from
that part of Amsterdam.
Port Arthur, Texas. Referred to throughout UGK and Point Blank albums.
An apartment project at the east side of Long Beach. Was home for
artists like the Twinz and Warren G: "Poly Apartments for tha niggaz
that ain't from the LB" -- The Twinz (Good Times ).
Philadelphia. Home of Schoolly D., Da Youngstas and the Fresh Prince.
New York City borough. RUN-DMC are often referred to as the Kings
New York City borough. Home of Nas and Mobb Deep.
Los Angeles street. "The sun went down when I hit Slauson"
-- Dr. Dre (The Chronic [??]).
Los Angeles area. A very important place for gangsta rap.
Origin of a lot of rappers.
Home of the old schoolrappers, PRT.
The word uptown originated in the New York city train stations.
As you leave downtown Manhattan the trains direct you to Uptown.
Uptown includes Harlem, the Upper West side of Manhattan, and the
(1) Area in New York City around 14th street and Broadway.
Origin of Kid n Play.
(2) A hip-hop club from the late 1980's in the above
area. (The name of this routine is called live
at Union Square. - KRS One)
Famous Long Beach record store where a lot of current stars first sold
their demo tapes. Snoop was standing on it in his "Who am I?"
video. "Let's journey to the VIP for the latest hits" --
Domino (Long Beach Thang ).
Vallejo, California. Home of E-40.
Movie theatre in the Bronx - Diamond D.
Hamburger chain; open crazy late, some fine hoods there.
They at least have it in New York, Chicago and Detroit.
"We went to White castle and we got thrown out -- Beastie Boys
(Brass Monkey ))
"My name is Chris Parker, KRS-One for short" -- KRS-One. Not everyone is
so clear about his or her real name. Here is a list of names we could get
our hands on.
Tupac Amaru Shakur
Gary Brown (DoveShack)
-- A --
Ahmad A. Lewis
Joseph Simmons (The Roots)
Adam Carter (Heiroglyphics)
A Tribe Called Quest
Above the Law
-- B --
Boogie Down Productions
Benjamin Mor (Blood of Abraham)
Big Daddy Kane
See Notorious B.I.G.
Tariq Trotter (The Roots)
B. Jones (The Click), he's the cousin of E-40, Suga T and
Romye Robinson (Pharcyde)
R. Riley (The Coup)
Mark Makonie (DoveShack)
Louis Freeze (Cypress Hill)
Brother ? "[Brother Question]"
Ahmir Thompson (The Roots)
Jason Hunter (X-Clan)
Richard Steven Shaw (Geto Boys)
Ronald Watkin (Operation From The Bottom)
Ishmael Butler (Digable Planets)
-- C --
John Owens (Hieroglyphics)
Cedric Miller (Ultramagnetic MC's)
M. McCarver (Sick Wid It Records)
Milton Cheek (Dogg Pound Posse)
Vernon Johnson (Eihthype Crew)
Rozonda Thomas (TLC)
Cheeko Wells (Dogg Pound Posse)
Carlton Ridenhour (Public Enemy)
Walter Griggs (Three Times Dope)
A. Blount (DoveShack)
Craig Irving (Digable Planets)
M. Hawkins (World Class Wreckin' Crew)
Rashied Lynn (no longer known as Common Sense, due to a lawsuit)
Jack Philpot (LL Cool J's DJ)
-- D --
Clayton D. Arnold
Daniel O'Connor (House of Pain)
Dat Nigga Daz
Des Arnaud (Dogg Pound producer).
Del tha Funky Homosapien
Teren Delvon Jones, founding member of the Heiroglyphics.
Dyonna Lewis (Silk Tymes Leather)
DJ Akshun Luv
DJ Eddie F.
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Leor DiMant (House of Pain)
DJ Magic Mike
Larry Muggerud (Cypress Hill)
Chris Martin (Gang Starr)
George Spivey (EPMD)
Terry K. Allen (Compton's Most Wanted)
DJ Woody Wood
Duerward Beale (Three Times Dope)
Darryl McDaniels (Run-DMC)
Daryl W. Monroe (The UBC)
Dupre Kelly (Lords of the Underground)
Darren Siguenza (Hiero One)
S. Ivy (Outburst Records)
Dave Jolicoeur (De La Soul)
Charles Trahan (Young & Restless)
Andre Young. (N.W.A.) Dre is Warren G's half-brother, they share the
Andre Brown (Yo MTV Raps)
D. Stevens (The Click), brother of E-40 and Suga T, cousin of B-Legit
and Mac Mall.
Dwayne Sumal (Boogie Down Productions)
-- E --
Earl Stevens (The Click), brother of D-Shot and Suga T, cousin of
B-Legit and Mac Mall.
Eric Wright (N.W.A.)
John Fletcher (Whodini)
Marco Ennis (Almighty RSO)
Eric and Parish Makin' Dollars
Louis Eric Barrier
Ian P. Richmond (The UBC)
Eric Schrody (House of Pain)
William Paul Mitchell
-- F --
Fab Five Freddy
Berntony Smalls (The Beatnuts)
Derek Stewart (Pharcyde)
Fila Fresh Crew
Old school West coast group: Fresh K, Dr. Rock and The D.O.C.
The group was featured in the 1986 compilation "NWA and The Posse".
William Drayton (Public Enemy)
Kevin White (Operation From The Bustop)
Francis Michael Parker
Frederick B. Williams (C+C Music Factory)
Fresh Kid Ice
The Fresh Prince
Will Smith. Actor in TV-series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air".
-- G --
D. Barnett (SecondIINone)
Gary Grice (Wu-Tang Clan)
Dennis Coles (Wu-Tang Clan)
Gift Of Gab
T. Parker (Blackalicious)
Mhisani Miller (Dangerous Crew)
Drew Carter (Whodini)
Alonzo Williams (World Class Wreckin' Crew)
Keith Elam (Gang Starr), went earlier by the name of Keithy E.
Glen Parrish (Heavy D & The Boyz)
-- H --
Half A Mill
See MC Hammer
Heather B. Gardner
Hitman Howie Tee
House of Pain
Edward Humphrey III
Greg Jacobs (Humpty=Shock)
Hurby Luv Bug
-- I --
Emandu Wilcox (Pharcyde)
Jason Hunter (Wu-Tang Clan)
I. Francois (Da King & I)
-- J --
Jalali Carthorn (Five Footer Crew, G-Funk Era)
Jalil Hutchins (Whodini)
Jam Master Jay
Jason Mizell (Run-DMC)
Jeru the Damaja
Kendrick Jeru Davis
Jerry Tineo (The Beatnuts)
-- K --
Craig A. Miller
Kier Gist (Naughty by Nature)
F. Toson Jr.
Kevin McKenzie (Main Source)
Christopher Reid (Kid 'N Play)
Arturo Mollina Jr.
Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys)
K. McDonald (SecondIINone)
Kool G Rap
Keith Thornton (Ultramagnetic MC's)
Kool Moe Dee
Andre Weston (Das)
Lawrence Krisna Parker. Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone.
Ricardo Brown (Dogg Pound)
Kwame Holland (A new beginning)
-- L --
John Barnes III
Lateef The Dread Piper
L. Daumont (Blackalicious)
Jocelyn Rabon (Silk Tymes Leather)
Lisa Lopes (TLC)
The Lench Mob
The Lench Mob consists of Ice Cube, Sir Jinx, T-Bone J-Dee Shorty
Threi, Big Tom, Wess, Zulu Ed, Heavy, K-Dee, Kam, Chilly Chill, Yo-Yo,
Taz and Big Cal (source: Death Certificate insert).
L. King (The guy that did "One Luv" with E-40)
James Heath (Group Home)
Little Daddy Shane
L.L. Cool J
James Todd Smith
L. Dechalus (Brand Nubian)
Bruce Colston (Lords of the Underground)
Lords of the Underground
Sammie Williams (Operation From The Bustop)
Lord Spencer Nobles
Luther Campbell (2 Live Crew)
-- M --
J. Rocker (Sick Wid It Records), cousin of E-40, D-Shot and Suga T.
Mad CJ Mack
Maestro Fresh Wes
R. Wiggins (Da King & I)
Malik Abdul Basit-Smart (The Roots)
Vincent L. Mason Jr. (De La Soul)
Jamal Turner (Wu-Tang Clan)
D. Saevitz (Blood of Abraham)
Aaron Tyler. MC Eiht doesn't get along quite well with DJ Quik:
"A tramp named David, DJ Quik in a Khaki Bikini" (Def Wish III).
Stanley Kirk Burrell
Lorenzo Patterson (N.W.A.)
Michael Berrin (3rd Bass)
Claude Barali. Claude is the brother of Soon E MC.
Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys)
Mary Ann Vierra (Digable Planets)
Melachi The Nutcracker
J. Felder (Group Home)
Michel'le Young, she's Dr. Dre's wife.
Michael G. Dolvin (The UBC)
Mix Master Muggs
See DJ Muggs
Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys)
Maurice Smith (Ultramagnetic MC's)
Al'Terik Wardrick (Lords of the Underground)
Ramona Parker (Boogie Down Productions)
-- N --
Danielle Hollis (Five Footer Crew, G-Funk Era)
Nine Double M
Niggaz With Attitude
-- O --
Ol' Dirty Bastard
-- P --
Oscar Jackson Jr.
Sandra Denton (Salt-N-Pepa)
Peter J. Nash
Original name of Rapper Big Mike, solo artist formerly with the
Convicts and Geto Boys. "Smoke 'em & choke 'em like the motherfuckin'
Peterman" -- Snoop Doggy Dog on Dr. Dre's Chronic album (??? [??])
D. Thompson (Souls Of Mischief)
Malik Taylor (A Tribe Called Quest)
Christopher Martin (Kid 'N Play)
Parrish J. Smith
See MC Pooh.
Kelvin Mercer (De La Soul)
Leonerist Johnson (Young & Restless)
Prince Rakeem the RZA
Robert Diggs (Wu-Tang Clan)
Richard Griffin (Public Enemy)
Lumumba Robert Carson
Lester Fernandez (The Beatnuts)
See Grand Puba.
Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard
-- Q --
Quincy Jones III
Jonathan Davis (A Tribe called Quest)
-- R --
Raekwon The Chef
Corey Woods (Wu-Tang Clan)
Guy Todd Williams
Ray Ramos (Evil Twins)
Raymond Scott (Almighty RSO)
Bruce A.M. Brewster
Red Hot Lover Tone
David Weldon (Ruthless Records main producer)
See DJ Daddy
Joseph Simmons (Run-DMC). Run's brother, Russel Simmons is the founder
of Def Jam records among other things.
-- S --
D. Murphy (Brand Nubian)
Cheryl James (Salt-N-Pepa)
J.B. Weaver Jr.
Senen Reyes (Cypress Hill)
Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest)
E.C. Aiken Jr.
Shorty No Mas
Shyheim the Rugged Child
Vickie Jordan (Silk Tymes Leather)
Shawn McKenzie (Main Source)
Willie Hines (Das)
Slim Kid 3
Trevant Hardson (Pharcyde)
D. Barnes (Nice & Smooth)
Snoop Doggy Dogg
Duane Lee (Hieroglyphics)
J. Vasquez (Funkdoobiest)
Son Of Bazerk
Robert Green Jr.
Deedee Roper (Salt-N-Pepa)
Ton Whiteman (Sick Wid It's producer)
T. Stevens (The Click), sister of E-40 and D-Shot, cousin of B-Legit
and Mac Mall.
Super Lover C
-- T --
Tajai Massey (Hieroglyphics)
Tionne Watkins (TLC)
Norman Rogers (Public Enemy)
Tony Green (DeathRow's bass player)
2-Pac's group: Syke, Macadoshish, Mopreme, The Rated R.
Anthony Johnson (Almighty RSO)
Tragedy, The Intelligent Hoodlum
Anthony Criss (Naughty by Nature)
Deion Williams (Tha Twinz)
Trevor Randolph (Ultramagnetic MC's)
Troy Dickson (Heavy D & The Boyz)
Benito Benites (Snap)
-- U --
Lamont Harris (Wu-Tang Clan)
See L.L. Cool J
-- V --
Robert van Winkle
Vinny Brown (Naughty by Nature)
-- W --
Warren Griffin. Warren is Dr. Dre's half-brother, they have the
DeWayne Williams (Tha Twinz)
William Broady (Boogie Down Productions)
-- Y --
-- Z --
Zev Love X
D. Dumile (KMD)
M. Pickett (The Next School)
Below is a list of things that we are still too insecure about to enter
them in the Dictionary. If you know more than us, or if you have something
to add to this wishlist, let us know!
"Don't this bitch got some DSL, make the nigga's joint swell
just to think..." -- The Roots (Do you want more? [??]).
For some of the quoted lyrics we have managed to come up with the
year of release of the album. If you recognize a quote and have
the album, be a dear and let us know...
We want to know as many names of as many rap artists as possible.
Also which group contained which people, background on people,
stuff like that. Heck, even gossip will do! Currently we're looking
Crazy Tunes, Coolio's DJ
R-Beesh from Potna
Soon E MC
D-Shot from The Click
Prince Po(etry) from Organized Konfusion
Pharoahe Monch from Organized Konfusion
The Hailey's brothers: K-Ci and JoJo from Jodeci
Mr. Dalvin from Jodeci
Devante Swing from Jodeci
Ant Diddley Dog
Or perhaps you know the first names of these:
Bahamadia (A. Reed)
Big L (L. Coleman)
Big Noyd (T. Perry)
B-Legit (Mr. Stevens)
Bounty Killer (R. Pryce)
Capleton (C. Bailey)
C-Knight (A. Blount (DoveShack))
Daddy Freddy (S. Small)
Daddy-O (G. Bolton)
DJ Akshun Luv (R. Williams)
DJ Shadow (J. Davis)
Doo-Wop (R. Gonzalez)
Fatal (J. Burgos)
Funkmaster Flex (A. Taylor)
Gangste D (D. Barnett (SecondIINone))
Gift Of Gab (T. Parker (Blackalicious))
Izzy-Ice (I. Francois (Da King & I))
Jah Skilz (J. Carthorn)
Jayo Felony (J. Savage)
J-Sw!ft (J. Martinez)
KC Flightt (F. Toson Jr.)
Kid Capri (D. Love)
KK (K. McDonald (SecondIINone)
Lateef The Dread Piper (L. Daumont (Blackalicious))
Lord Finesse (R. Hall)
Mad CJ Mack (B. Ross)
Majesty (R. Wiggins (Da King & I))
Melachi The Nutcracker (J. Felder (Group Home))
Moc Fu (J. Jones)
Nine Double M (D. Keyes)
Phesto (D. Thompson (Souls Of Mischief))
Poc Fu (L. Maturine)
Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard (T. Horton)
Saafir (R. Gibson)
Schoolly D (J.B. Weaver Jr.)
Shabba Ranks (C. Dillon)
Shinehead (E.C. Aiken Jr.)
Smooth Bee (D. Barnes (Nice & Smooth))
Son Doobie (J. Vasquez (Funkdoobiest))
Son Of Bazerk (T. Allen)
Suga T (Ms. Stevens (The Click))
Top Quality (T. Robinson)
Zev Love X (D. Dumile (KMD))
Zone-TDK (M. Pickett (The Next School))
We'd love to have photo's of artists next to their name in the
names list. If you have some lying around, give 'em a scan, and
mail them to us.
---> Jax! <---
email : nie...@sci.kun.nl