A phrase coined in the black community that has devolved from behaving with a sense of maturity, integrity, and pride to just acting ignorant and combative at any given time.
Guy 1: "Ey yo son, that cracker gave me a funny look so I punched him in his face."

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."
by pops87 March 26, 2010
To be true to oneself; to rep for ones own hood.
Jamal was just keepin it real reppin' fo da 213.
by Loc-Dawwg November 25, 2002
What you claim to be doing when you are hauled off the Maury set for beating your common-law husband/cousin.
You don't know me! I'm just keepin' it real! You don't know me! I'm just keepin' it real! I'm just keepin' it real! I'M JUST KEEPIN' IT REAL!
by karensavestheday November 16, 2005
A state of being. To Keep it Real is a transcendent quality that speaks to an essential truth devoid of stereotype, generalization and outside influence. To Keep it real is to be honest with others and is inclusive to those who practice it. Keepin' it real is the act of being "true" or "real" in all senses of the word. Not fake.
Danny asks "How you doin'?"

Frank, being true to his word, says "Keepin' it real. How are you doin'?"

Danny says "The same."
by KIR to the max December 22, 2011
(verb) the involuntary act of living a day to day struggle to survive. Living life with an eye toward survival with no pretention. Promoting or adopting a realist view toward day to day interactions with others.

See also Keepin it Gangsta, Bein real, real.
...Keepin it real packing steel, getting high, cuz life's a bitch and then you die.
--Nas "Life's a Bitch"
by El Nacote December 06, 2004

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