Its a common phrase originating in Cleveland made popular by Bone Thugs N Harmony. It basically means what it says, a "true" or "real" thug. To be a true, you have to be true to yourself and not be a fake. You have to be true to the people around, you have to be real about everything and come from the heart about everything. A "tru" doesnt mean a gangsta, becuz there are fake gangsters and there are wannabe gangsters,a "Tru" is completely real.
The phrase became popular specifically on the Eastside of Cleveland on St. Clair Ave. (Tha Clair) Especially in the Glenville neighborhood. It spread all across the ghettos in Cleveland, and into other ghettos across the nation. Its not as popular as it once was, but is still used in Cleveland. It was especially popular with the SCTs (St. Clair Thugs) a huge gang, and organization centralized on St. Clair and E105th St. Bone Thugs are members of the SCTs. Some "Waste 5" (10-5) gang members are also SCTs.
There was also a female rap duo from Cleveland named "II Tru"
"TRu" can also be used to fill a void in conversation.
Note #1: There is no "e" at the end of "TRu", and the "R" is always
Note #2: When "TRu" is followed by exclamation point(s), an optional space
can precede each exclamation point to express additional emphasis:
Extremely exciting: TRu ! ! !
Person 2: TRu ! ! !
Person 1: Doorknobs are important in everyday society.
Person 2: TRu.
2.interj. - Signaling confirmation and/or reiteration of what was just said. Roughly synonymous with the questions: "Really?" or "Word?"
3.adj. - The condition or state of being equivalent to a situations actual state.
4.adv. - Signaling awkwardness or the approach of one's attention span threshold; Also can be regarded as responding to a posed question, though 'tru' does not necessarily mean the answer is correct.
5.adj. - Whole heartedly submitted to one's cause
6.adj. - On da real
2. I'm hungry. response: oh, tru?
3. Mah boyz is tru soldias.
4a. "My day? Oh first I woke up and then...(blah blah blah). response: tru, tru
4b. My 74 year old overweight and flatulant biology teacher who never bathes and enjoys eating our animals after we dissect them is very attractive. response: Umm...tru...
4c. OH JUNK! When do we have class again? response: tru
5. Those oppressed peeps is mah tru soldias.
6. That speaker kept it tru.