Word (now defunct of all meaning) now only used by white suburban youths that percieve things through a black stereotype. This may come in the form of "looking tough", or sporting idiotic poses, or showing so-called "bling-bling". This word is merely used to feel/act "cool" and gain street cred while at the same time destroying the black and italian community.
This word has become very annoying when blantantly repeated by waspy preppy youth.
Joan: OMG! Shandra! Look at this bling-bling! I'tS tOtAlLy gAnGsTa!!
Shandra: Bitch, you wouldn't know "gangsta" if one capped you in your ass!
by Cicatriz December 29, 2004
A life of Pain and Fear followed by a hardened soul. It is not forced on you but made as a young kid in a ghetto who sees all the things your brothers and older friends who you look up to and see that they are gangstas. And once you enter a gang there is no getting out. In addition to watching your best friends die for stupid and pointless reasons, you can never rise above what you have gotten into. A GANG. That is a true gangsta someone who is IN A GANG. Then Through all of this it is glorified to the point where those who recognize the stupidity of its glorification then ridicule the young impressionable kids who joined the gang as illiterate and stupid. For people whove never been in a real ghetto, whove never had to take care of their younger sister when their mom would be gone from the house for weeks, for people who had nothing growing up and were looked down upon by people( for example the people on this site who dont know what they are talking about) its a way to be someone, to live, and survive as a gangsta. But by succumbing to this we kill each other, and keep ourselves from every rising above the status quo. The world would be better if we didnt have to be gangsta's. And to All those kids out in the suburbs pretending, do whatever you want its your choice as long as you do not cause harm to anyone or yourself, you are living in a false reality driven by stories of a life more exciting then your daily routine in your safe boring neighborhood. But as long as you glorify it you are proving yourself to be dissillusioned and have never seen anything besides what is on tv, and music.
J Kwon: I been banging since fifth grade cause my older cuz made so much money, bangin and sellin crack and shit. it didnt take long for my soul to become hard. I hate this life, if i could leave i'd leave and move somewhere where its not like a fuckin war. everyday its like iraq. bam. bam. bam. niggas die, its not fair we do we do this to eachother, little kids been shot, kids 8 years old strapped. kids 9 years old selling crack. kids 10 years old banging. We makin hell worse for eachother, funerals everyday, always ready to die. kids seeing shit nobody should see. then on top of all the pain, all the suffering, once we become successful we use this to exploit eachother, and glorify our pain

The Cynical Uncaring Representation of Society: Thats Gangsta
by The Antidote For Our Poison March 11, 2006
The origin of the "gansta" credo, which is akin to many resistance movements
that have sprung up around the world is precisely defense of one's own
community. Notions of community sovereignty and self-determination are the core founding principles that uphold the "gangsta" philosophy. Of course,
notions of sovereignty, self-determination, and autonomy are closely tied to the principle of a self-sustaining economy, which in a capitalist context such as the U.S., requires all gangstas to find a way to provide for themselves and for the gangsta unit. The most common resource that is utilized is of course commerce in contraband: illegal drugs, prostitution, and firearms. Because
illicit commerce requires the gangsta to work outside of the law, a law which
the resisitance movement often does not recognize as legitimate because it
was imposed on them by an outside conquering force, different norms have evolved that regulate transactions and behavior between "gangstas". Among those norms are the "pass" and the requirement that one "keep it real".

As the gangsta subculture was incorporated into American Pop Culture, and inevitably purchased and reformulated for mass consumption by corporate interests, certain principles were exaggerated in order to sell the danger and excitement of the gangsta lifestyle without giving the public any reference to understand gangstaism as a holistic set of principles. Of course those who have been the poster-boys for mass media consumption of gangsta life or "thug life", often find themselves the target of those who are "true to the game" for "selling out", a phenomenon characterized by the term "player-hater" or "haterism". A sentiment personified phrase "don't hate the player, hate the
game", an astute observation on the morally relative position of those who
have profited from their assimilation into the popular culture which is the
larger game that most gangstas revile, but those who are "true pimps" are
currently forcing to "turn tricks" in a manner of speaking.

There is a conflict between those who consider themselves "true to the
game" or "true" and those who are "big pimpin" or the "pimps". Each has its own interpretation of the gangsta principles - one that holds the values and foundational principles as absolute and controlling, and those who take a
moral relativist approach and seek a favorable outcome on behalf of "gangstas" with little regard for the gangsta process. The not so invisible hand of market forces that exploit the gangsta in a quest to pimp the American
consumer is an aberration to those who are true, but a natural consequence
and in some ways a vehicle for gangstas to "pimp" the system.
"Gangsta, gangsta, it's not about a salary it's all about reality."

--N.W.A. "Gangsta, gangsta"
by El Nacote December 06, 2004
Perhaps the most successful personal image marketed to this day. Millions upon millions of brainless youths have spent billions upon billions in order to look and pretend to be part of the 'Gangsta' crew. Everything from music to fashion has been collecting dump trucks full of cash off silly kids who are desperate to be something they are not. The standard uniform for a typical 'gangsta' includes: one silly looking giant baseball cap, worn any way except facing forward. They're really rebellious you see. One giant basketball jersey that you may at first mistaken for a dress. One pair of jeans that are normally tailored for clowns. These loose-fitting jeans are not accompanied with a belt. And, one pair of sneakers.

It is not enough for you to run out and buy their uniform, however, you must also purchase subs for your car and the appropriate sounding music to fit your new image. (More money) Your car should also be 'pimped out' ideally. (More money)

All of this money is dumped into APPEARING to be a real gangsta, of which maybe a few hundred thousand really exist, and in a few American urban centers only. A great majority of these 'gangstas' live in middle to upperclass suburbanite homes and have no idea what the real life of the people they are trying to emulate is truly like.
Is there some reason why those gangstas can't roll up their windows when playing their shitty music?
by TheToddfather June 05, 2006
Used to be either a italian mafia memember, irish mob member, or russian rob memeber. They used to have families that owned sperate sections of cities. They did not go around killing people for fun, and families would almost never get into fights. If there were ever a fight though, small warfare would literally fought in the streets until a peace treaty was made(which usually both sides would come to their senses soon). They had good reasons, and helped out their fellow nations people. They made money by running rackets, making people pay protection money, etc. They did this too help their people and help their families have a better lives. Now they have more secretive ways of doin buisness and mafia and mob members are rarely cought anymore.

Now the newer term for gangsta is : a lower class person who lives in or near a housing project in the "ghetto". They are mostly black and listen to rap and hip-hop and shit like that. They go around killing people for no reason or over drugs. They have totally fucked up what the mafia and mobs origionally did. They have horrible marksmenship. They preform drivebys on rival gangs and end up killing like 4 kids, 8 senoir citizens, 5 pregnant women and only 1 rival gang member.
The old gangstas had reasons for what they did.

The new gangstas are toally fucked up and kill people for no good reason. If they were to ever get into with either the Italians, Russians or Irish, they would all totally get owned and would die horrible deaths.
by Peter Townsend August 20, 2006
Someone who thinks being a "gangsta" is cool, but is really a pathetic loser who should be fed through a chipper into a compost heap for selling crack to little children and robbing old ladies etc..
Not to be confused with "gangster", which comes from the Mafia who have at least a small amount of honour.
Mike thinks he is a gangsta, but we all know he likes to be sodomised by his father.

Eminem thinks he is cool, but a chipper awaits him.

We don't have a chipper big enough for all the gangsta rappers in the USA - Somebody get us a mechanical engineer to design us one!!
by Kaninchenfeuer March 14, 2007
Pussies, plain and simple.

Can't fight by themselves, and carry guns thinking they're hot shit.

Fuck em' all.
Gangstas are pussies.
by fuckitall June 04, 2006

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