1: a term that has been largely convoluted by "gangsta" culture.
2: originally meant to mean being true to oneself and representing oneself in an authentic manner
Wrong use: NOT Keepin' it real
Interviewer- So why did you shoot and murder your brother?
Jailed "Gangsta"- That nigga was all up on me trying to tell me to get a job and that sellin drugs ain't right. My homies said he talked to much and I needed to shut him up. I did what I had to do to keep it real.
Right Use: Keepin' it real
Person going in for a job interview: I don't know. What if I don't get the job? What if they don't like me? What should I say?
Friend: Calm down yo. Just keep it real. You got this.
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