(abbrev.) Great American Pavement Ape. Slang term, usu. derogatory, black male, a.k.a. African American. So called due to physical resemblance to ape / jungle primate, living in America instead of natural habitat in Africa or some other continent than American continent. Pavement refers to the urban landscape of pavement versus vegetation or other natural botanic elements in nature. "Great" is patronizing ironic reference to the term used in other, more legitimate toxonomic references.