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GANGSTA: Somebody who was born and raised in a really violent environment (like New York or Los Angeles) and I had basically nothing in their life. They either have only one parent around, who is more-likely and crackhead or an alcoholic and is abusive to the child, or who grew up with their grandparents. Some gangstas probably don't even have a home. The only places they consider home is probably an alley somewhere on the streets or jail. They never attended school and if they did, they probably dropped out due to bad grades, or probably got kicked out for fighting all the time or bringing guns and drugs to school. They never had more than 10 dollars in their pocket and the only way for them to survive and live longer is to selling drugs and possibly kill people. They never had a decent girl in their life. The only kind of girls gangstas get are sluts or hos (girls who always cheat and kiss or have sex with 2 or more different boys a day). The only way for a gangsta to get respect or become a big figure on the streets is to either fight almost every day or kill people. They ALWAYS HAVE to walk around with a gun clipped to their hip or a blade or knife in their pocket to protect themselves because they can't trust their so-called "homies" or "friends" they chill with. Kids who grew up to the projects have seen nothing but violence in their life (fightings and shootings) and that is what makes them gangstas today. So if there is a kid who has seen nothing but violence in their life, there is a 98% chance that they will grow up to become violent (always fighting, shooting people, stabbing people, raping girls, destroying cars with rocks and bats, and even killing people). Gangstas never had a decent job in their life. They only sell drugs or pimp girls, who wear shirts that are so short that you can see their belly and who wear tight-ass pants and short-ass skirts. Most gangstas have a BIG criminal record for doing stuff like assaults and thefts. That's why the police are the most-hated people in the hood. Gangstas sees snitches as "bitches" or "pussies"". So if someone snitches on a gangsta, that gangsta will either call his "homies" from prison and tell them to find and kill the snitch, or will just wait until he gets out of prison to kill the snitch himself.

Basically, all I am saying is that gangstas are NOT people who you want to look up to or try to be in your life. Gangstas can't help the way they act or what they do because it's the way they grew up. Half of the people who talk about being "hood" and "G'd up" don't know a thing about what REALLY goes on in the hood. They won't be able to survive the ghetto. Most of the people who talk like they're ghetto are probably even too scared to put up a fight in the streets or do any activities that are gang-related, including stealing, breaking into cars, or killing. But gangstas in the "hood" aren't scared to because it's the way they grew up, they're used to doing crazy stuff like that. Let's take 50 Cent as an example. This person grew up in a very rough neighborhood where there is nothing but crime and gang activity. He's been in fights before, he sold drugs, he's been to jail, and he's been shot. That's the kind of stuff that goes on in the "hood". People even say that he's lucky, considering the fact that he was VERY close to either being killed or doing life behind bars. Even though he's rich and he has beautiful girls all over him and shiny cars and stuff like that doesn't mean you want to be just like him. I mean, look back to his life and see what he had to go through to make it to the position that he is in today. The point that I am trying to get across is that being a gangsta is not cool and definetely not fun. There is nothing good about it. At all.
"If you take a look at my eyes/You'll see I'll be a gangsta 'til I die."-The Game, 50 Cent "Westside Story"
by Cory N. July 18, 2007
 
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A sociopathic member of the inner-city underclass, known primarily for being antisocial and uneducated. Also known for ready access to illegal drugs and weapons, and staggeringly poor marksmanship.
"Yo, this gangsta loses his cheeba out his jeans, an' he thinks somebody snatched it, so he tries to cap my holmes wit a 9 and miss all 10 rounds. Killed two girls in tha' playground, though - that nigga be gang-sta as fuck, yo."
by charlie January 24, 2003
 
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One who willfully promotes and participates in destructive and self-serving culture in an effort to project a particular image of 'toughness' or to make oneself intimidating. Willingness to blatantly and horrifically misuse English is a necessity, as is a low IQ and sub-par education (or at least the appearance thereof).
"I'd love to be a gangsta, but I fear I'm not stupid enough."
 
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A perversion of the established title given to the early Italian and Irish mafias, used haphazardly today as a self-described social label on mostly young people, generally black, in a far-flung game of make believe. These "gangstas" being entirely incapable of coming up with original ways of finding their identity, like to adopt Italian names from famous mafia movies as well as Italian mobster clothing. (I.e. Irv Gotti, who should have been killed for the affront to the Gotti family of the 90's, and the claim of 99% of moolies, or blacks, that The Godfather is their favorite movie (if not Scarface)). This is when, in fact, the mafia and its gangsters were built around organized crime of racketeering, protection, and highly intricate systems of providing what the people want while benefiting the immediate community, as well as adhering to codes of honor established in medieval Italy. Blacks consider wildly running around in ridiculously baggy clothing, listening to music that has to bearing on reality, and selling crack because it's cool while refusing to allow themselves to climb up in society, like the Italian mobsters wanted their children to be able to do, as "gangsta". It is a disgrace to everything the mafia established.
Salvatore: Vedi, Paulo, il fesso.
Paul: One of those "gangsta-ass niggas." What a fake. Let's teach him a lesson.
by Terry Balducci May 24, 2005
 
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Something that it is NOT good to be, despite people seeming to think so. Basically, this generally refers to people forced into a harsh life due to their low socio-economic status, who probably feel forced by circumstances beyond their control to live a certain lifestyle and commit crimes to get by.

As far as I can say, any "real" gangsta would either be dead, or in jail serving a life sentence for murder. People like to praise gangstas, but what's praiseworthy about commiting murder?? I don't think that committing crimes is a prerequisite of gangstaness. If gangsta is to be used as a positive term, it should be used to describe people who successfully and legally make their way out of the ghetto and improve their status in life. We should pity those who live in dangerous areas and constantly have to watch their backs, but we should not praise them for committing crimes.
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by Thierry February 07, 2004
 
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There's nothing "cool" about being a gangsta. It ain't cool to pose in front of the camera with a gun in your hand pretending to come from an environment you know nothing about. Especially if you're a White boy from the Suburbs. Has anyone ever told you that you look like a complete moron with that rag top over your paled-out face? Yes, a mutant buffon who generates hysterical laughter, amongst the real criminals of this world. Not only are you a disgrace to the Caucasian race, but the human race too.

On a personal note: I know people who have been shot at. I have friends who have died on the streets. There's nothing "cool" or "hard" about that. Do you think the people who live in the projects and have lost a relative/friend to gunplay are going to look up to a gangster? No. As much as you want to believe that gangbangin is a tough career move, it ain't worth shit in my opinion. It doesn't help much when you have guys like 50 Cent around either. Here is a man who endorses reckless violence and immoral animalism amongst today's youth. His gangsta posturing fulfils the stereotypical image, in which every Black man in America is trying to get away from. His "bad ass" roleplaying is responsible for perpetuating the already grim reality of black-on-black violence in America. All that talk about "killing a motherfucker like it ain't no thang" is nothing but a fucked up tool, which corporate record companies like to sell off for stupid, young, impressionable surburnanite teens who don't know the first thing about living in a harsh, dangerous environment like Compton or St. Louis. I'm sure even less have actually experienced the sudden murder of a young relative or friend . Because here's the reality: when someone you know's dies, its not like in the movies. You can talk all you want about street credibility but don't say shit if all you know about the "hood" is what you've seen on the cinema screen or listened to on your stereo system. When somebody gets shot, they don't struggle for air and say something witty and dramatic before they go... they just fall on the ground, shit their pants, and have their brains gone to the back of their fucking heads. But hey, I guess that would be considered "cool" and "gangsta" in your little make-believe world, right?

"Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace."

Gone but not Forgotten...

O.J.(1979 - 1996)
Sly Dee.(1987 - 2005)
Lil Curb aka Kayon Williams.(1985-1999)
Marvin R. (1982 - 2005)

- R.I.P
"A Real Gangster never brags about being a gangsta"
by J. T August 20, 2006
 
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a person who is glorified for hurting people.

even in a thousand years this will still not make any god damn sense.
He's gangsta. He brought a shotgun to the playground to kill another gangsta and ended up missing and hitting a child. What a fucking shame.
by zombieone May 05, 2005
 
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Real Gangsta - someone who lives in the projects, is ususally in a gang, not very wealthy--often, but not always, black

Fake Gangsta - most males who attend North Warren (thank god i don't go there anymore). White kids from a rural town who listen to so much rap that they think they're black, act like they "slang dope" all the time, and would have no idea what to do if in a real projects. Yet, they still think they're hardcore gangstas.
John lives in the projects and is a Crip; thus, he's a gangsta. Eminem, though white, is also a gangsta, since he did grow up in a poor area and had what would be considered a gangsta life.

Kevin lives in an upper class white neighborhood in rural western New Jersey. He's never seen a housing project, except in videos on MTV, and probably has never even met a black person. This does not prevent him from acting like he's 50 Cent, however.
by Ryan May 14, 2004