A philosophy and identity concept that arouse in hip-hop
culture, and followed primarily by African-Americans.
"keepin' it real" is an expression of living only for instant gratification and lack of desire for more. Only the most basic animalistic tendancies are to be acted apon. Lust
are the primary emotions. Drinking alcohol and smoking weed are the main hobbies.
Recieving welfare while working as a criminal is one of the few ways to make money while being "real". The other are playing sports such as basketball
, or working in the entertainment industry.
Jail time is status quo to the point that having never been to jail is mark of weakness in the eyes of those embracing this concept.
The only thing that changes with any certainty is the slang.