2: originally meant to mean being true to oneself and representing oneself in an authentic manner
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.
"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 and anger 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 and football, 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.
Showing up to a job interview in baggy ripped pants and a XXXL basketball jersey then complaining the reason he were not hired is discrimination.
PersonA: "So are you planning on graduating from high school and attending college?"
BrainwashedYouth: "Hell na, I ain't going to no mafuckin school n shit, I'm keepin' it real!"
BrainwashedYouth: "yo nigga whur u be goin?!?"
AfricanAmericanHonorStudent: "Going to class, I have a test in Trigonomery."
BrainwashedYouth: "yo wut u talkin 'bout mufucka? u sposed to be some mufuckin white boy?!?! yo lets mob dis foo!"
*HonorStudent beaten and/or shot*
(An African-American man and woman on a first date):
EducatedAfricanAmericanMan: "I have an MBA, own my own home, and have never been to jail."
BrainwashedAfricanAmericanWoman: "Sheet nigga u cant be
my soulja! U aint even really black! I be needin me a man dats keepin' it real!"
Naw man, I'm keepin' it real!
2. To be honest with others about your ideas and feelings, regardless of how it may be taken or perceived.
Violence is necessary.
Woman : I said your mother is an ersatz Harriet Jacobs.
Guy : Bitch, I told you to shut your wiki-educated mouth. I'm keepin' it real 24-7.
Guy 2: "But wasn't he interviewing you for a job?"
Guy 1: "Yeaa but I didn't like the way he was lookin me, so I did somethin about it. Keepin it real, son!!!
Guy 2: "Yeah, keepin it real dumb."