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Gangsta Rap(noun)- a sub-genre of rap which is an evolved form of Hip-Hop whos agressive lyrics express a violent attitued that typically glorifies violence and drugs.
Gangsta Rap sadly and ironically competes against the original form of Rap which is a branch of Hip-Hop which was/is aimed towards seizing gang violence.
by Sean McDonnell January 05, 2008
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Gangsta rap was formed...i think it was '87 maybe earlier by N.w.A., the niggas wit attitude. people often get rap and gantsa rap confused when they say all rap glorifies rape, murder, women as sex objects, guns, etc...however when you hear these lyrics you are listening to gantsta rap, not just normal rap. gangsta rap is credited as the reason why hip hop music is so controversial. lately, gangsta rap has become much more tame (although it is still pretty hardcore, look at DMX) then the days of NWA.
If you hate hip hop and think it is all about bad shit, look at some other rappers that are not in gangsta rap, for example chamillionaire, paul wall, mos def, etc
by i wanna piss on you April 06, 2006
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The second or third worst sub-genre of hip hop (it's at least better than crunk and snap) and one of the worst forms of music.

Despite the belief that NWA created gangsta rap Ice-T 1987 album 'Rhyme Pays' as well as Schoolly D's self-titled album are what started the genre.

While there have been some decent albums that have been labeled gangsta rap most gangsta rap is complete crap.

Contary to what many people (usually the media and racist black's who don't like gangsta rap and want to blame it's popularity on white people) it's more popular with black people than white people.

Gangsta rap lyrics usually feature criminal themes and are often sexist and racist.

90's rappers like 2pac and Ice Cube had a style which mixed the popular gangsta-rap of the time with political hip hop. 2pac's lyrics were also much more personal than anything your typical gangsta-rappers ever wrote.
Normal person - Gangsta Rap is horrible. I don't see how anyone could enjoy it
Gangsta - Shut up nigga gangsta rap is da shit
by SBG668 December 05, 2009
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Gangsta Rap(ping)-(noun, verb): A subgenre of Hip-Hop music depicting the life of violent inner-city youths, marked by large scale profanity, sex, homophobia, racism, promiscuity, misogyny, rape, street gangs, drive-by shootings, vandalism, thievery, drug dealing, alcohol abuse, substance abuse and materialism. The genre was pioneered in the mid-1980s by gangsta rappers such as Schoolly D and Ice-T, and was popularized in the later part of the 1980s by groups like N.W.A. Gangsta rap became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip hop
Yo, this gangsta rap music by Ice-T is really bumpin'!
by Piper Leigh February 02, 2011
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A subgenre of rap music where the lyrics focus mainly on organised crime, prostitutes (referred to in gangsta rap as "hoes"), drugs and life in the slums of the United states.
Person 1:"I saw Person 2 listening to gangsta rap"
by King of Qwerty December 28, 2008
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Gangsta rap manages to ruin the image of hip hop, black people, and actual gangsters in all possible levels.
Its lyrics are usually about urban crime, drugs, guns, bitches, gangs and all that stuff the rappers and their listeners never actually saw or lived with.

Most artist have some very tame background with some kind of criminal life, like selling pot or cocaine in high school for a couple of bucks, or doing graffiti in the post office's window. Some of them were eventually shot or went to jail for some very pathetic reason wich made them fell like the next al capone. After being lucky and obedient enough to become successful in the music industry, they live as eternal wannabe thugs in huge mansions drinking champagne and watching video clips in their plasma tvs, you know, the stuff the so called "white people" they so much criticize usually do. Very few of them have ever been caught doing the kinds things they claim to do, except, of course, having sex with a handful of women. They do have sex with those women as long as they are well payed. Still they spend most time just beating the crap out of them for self-assertion, because in the gangsta culture, real sexual intercourse is not manly enough.
If you are looking for musicians that did fuck a handful of women search rock bands in the 60s, especially those who don't keep bragging about it, those are usually the real deal.
Its audience consists solely of suburban american teenagers who are naive enough to believe that a guy dealing with real organized crime would take the time to go record an albums, do interviews on MTV and take pictures with their shirts off for magazines.

Some conservative individuals as blind as the kids who listen to gangsta rap, do blame it for the increase in violence, crime and drug use among teenagers. The truth is people who listen to that are just some rich kids doing crack. Actual criminals and gang members don't take gangsta rap seriously since they have a very good idea of how fake it is.

The violent nature of rap has also been used on a very unpredictable way as a mean of propaganda to encourage young people to accept going to the war in Iraq to get their ass shot as if that was something a gangsta would do. Gangsta rap is, after all, controlled by white collars, who are also among the group of people who profit out of wars.
by Jones Sones December 22, 2009
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Subgenre of rap which became very popular in the late 80s and early 90s due to popularity of performers like Ice T and N.W.A. Originally was used to describe harsh realities of life for a modern black male living in poor areas of US. Later, however, the genre expanded and included downright vile messages of violence and hatred against white people, females and so-called "haters" (people who dislike the genre or particular performer).

Features
-Sense that some of performers suffer from severe severe mental retardation (see Nelly, Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Snoop Dog, Cash Money Records roster)
-Mumbling (in some cases) see Lloyd Banks, I20)
-Heavy use of profanities - in particular, words like "hoe" or "bitch" (female), "nigga" (friendly black male or female) and to lesser extent "cracker"/"white devil" (applied to white males primarily)
-Heavy use of words "aha" and "what?" in the background.
-Poetic lines similar to the ones below
"Well nigga lets get one thing clear, I don't leave the block without my glock.
Is it because i'm standing with your bitch? Or got all these stones on my wrists?
Don't think you're leavin' here with this. I don't leave the block without my glock."
-Stabs at balladry, usually dedicated to Tupac Shakur (who is currently releasing new material, 10 years after being shot) and to lesser extent to Biggie Smalls (who is recording new material after being shot, but not as often as Tupac). However, some ballads are dedicated to other subjects as love and non-violence (see Ja Rule, DMX)
-Almost total absence of females in the genre. The ones that do rap (see Lil Kim, Foxy Brown) tend to talk about material things and their love of thugs. However, there's a large amount of beautiful black ladies who appear in videos, usually in order to satisfy enormous sexual appetites of male performer.
-Heavy use of jewelry and extremely expensive cars in videos, all of which are discussed in lyrics in detail.
Dude, have you heard that new track by Ludacris ?
No, dude, i'm not into gangsta rap. It sounds dumb to me.
Well, he actually sounded like a horny moron talking on the phone to one of his slutty girls.

by Alastis March 25, 2006
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