4 definitions by Jason G.L. Chu

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noun; Ehm-Cee.

Derived from the original abbreviation "MC," now used as the generic term for anyone who speaks over a beat, or performs songs that could be termed "hip-hop." Afrika Bambaataa and his contemporaries at the Universal Zulu Nation were the first to exemplify this term.
Originated as a term for the only individual at a party who could speak on the microphone while the DJ (Disk Jockey) was looping the hook or the beat. Various individuals claim that MC stands for the following:

1: Master of Ceremonies, generally the speaker presiding over a formal gathering, or the host of a Jamaican gameshow.
2: Move the Crowd. Originally proclaimed by the legendary emcee Rakim (of the group Eric B. and Rakim) on his 1986 urban hit "Eric B. Is President;" to Rakim, an MC was any rapper who was able to control the crowd that he was presiding over.
3: Microphone Controller.
4: Mic Checka

Et cetera.
1: The MC for Barnum and Bailey Circus is a professionally trained orator
1b: "The term, MC, stand for Master of Ceremonies" - A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders
2: "To me, M.C. means Move the Crowd" - Rakim, Eric B. Is President

"I'm, the Nineteen Naughty Nine MC
Microphone controller, master of ceremonies" - Naughty by Nature, Holiday
by Jason G.L. Chu April 21, 2004
Hip-hop slang for an overly energetic, almost buffoonish rapper. Originated in the early 1990's with such mainstream hip-pop acts as Kid 'N Play, Salt N Pepa, and Bill Bev Devoe. This "New Jack Era" lasted for a few years, but was quickly supplanted by the rise of West Coast-styled "gangsta" rap, as exemplified by NWA (and, more recently, Westside Connection). In an earlier era, "new jack" also referred to any novice on the microphone, usu. with a distinct lack of lyrical talent.
"They think that I'm a new jack/ but only if they knew that/
They who think wrong are they who can't do that"
-Rakim, Lyrics of Fury
by Jason G.L. Chu April 11, 2004
noun; Dee-Jae.

The phonetic pronunciation of the abbreviation "DJ", which originated with the term "Disk Jockey," from the job description of radio personalities who would "jockey" the "disks" - 45 rpm LP's at first, and later on, CD's - at radio stations. In the early 1970s, with the rise of hip-hop culture and the Universal Zulu Nation, it became synonymous with the practice of "scratching," originated by the DJ Grand Wizard Theodore, of New York City. It is one of the four key elements of hip-hop.

See also MC.
Though many now forget him, Grand Wizard Theodore was the original DJ.
by Jason G.L. Chu April 21, 2004
See New Jack
"They think that I'm a new jack/ but only if they knew that/
They who think wrong are they who can't do that"
-Rakim, Lyrics of Fury
by Jason G.L. Chu April 11, 2004

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