A city that is so amazing yet so awful. The 20th largest city (after we got el paso'd), Memphis is a city where the popular phrase "Location, location, location" really comes into play. Staying away from the airport (unless you have a plane to catch) is probably a good idea, even in broad daylight. Also, any street with someone's full name in it (e.g., Elvis Presley Blvd, Danny Thomas Blvd, etc.) has a tendency to attract poverty, crime and poor sanitation. But if you're smart enough to stay close to the river or the suburbs you can find some pretty interesting things and some great food. Don't go to Graceland; it's expensive and boring. However, Memphis is home to a wonderful zoo, Mud Island, and many national and state parks and museums that its residents often take for granted. It's much better than Knoxville, where the Mountain Dew they drink isn't manufactured by Pepsi Co. Memphis' main problem is a racial divide that is caused by a majority of blacks hating whites because they assume all whites are inherently racist. Yes, I realize I just did the same thing. Get over it.
Memphian: Damn, I hate Memphis so much. Why did I have to work so hard at FedEx?

Nashvillian: I love Memphis! Nashville is so boring.

Knoxvillian: I hate Memphis. Everyone there is so snobby. I mean, come on, who brushes their teeth every day?
by Rihanyce July 21, 2011
Top Definition
1. A city located in the very southwest corner of Tennessee. Named after Memphis, Egypt because of its location on a major river. The Egyptian name means "place of good abode". It is the largest city in Tennessee and is THE OASIS OF THE ENTIRE SOUTH.

2. M.E.M.P.H.I.S. - "Making easy money pimping hoes in style". Comes from a popular tradition among the urban youth of Memphis to make acronyms of exsisting words (like Budweiser means "Bitch, you do what ever I say, even run:). This saying was NOT envented by rapper Memphis Bleek. He changed his name to Memphis Bleek after spending time in Memphis.
I she paid my car note 'cause of the M.E.M.P.H.I.S. in me.
by Memphis 10 June 17, 2005
The best place in the South (after Florida). A city that hasn't bulldozed or tried to hide its history, and has a lot of diffrent cultural events. Many great neighborhoods such as Downtown, Uptown, Southend, Overton Square, and Cooper Young. Sadly, the city has a bad reputation with some Memphians and Tennesseans because its 60% African American and some people are afraid. So instead of checking out this great city for themselves, they spend their time on the internet bashing the city. NORMAL crime rate for a metro of 1.2 million(except in car thefts which are high), Memphis City Schools are good if you actually care about your education, and leads the state in private and public investment. Americas largest urban park Shelby Farms, and a world class minor leauge baseball stadium, world class NBA arena, world class zoo, and world class museums. Luckly the number of Memphis naysayers are dropping.
Before posting negative Memphis crap, get off your computer for once, and see what city is really like!!!
by anonymous2006 March 13, 2006
1. City in southwestern Tennessee (also the largest city in Tennessee)

2. Home of Three Six Mafia (Oscar-winning), Elvis (King of Rock & Roll), (Historic) Stax Records, Orange Mound (2nd oldest black neighborhood), blues, R&B, and Beale Street.

3. Mostly all black 60% African American population.

"I live in Memphis."
by Mz.Orange.Mound.Memphis.Gal June 29, 2006
A complex city, Memphis is the richest for musical heritage yet has the number one crime rate. Memphis is the only city in America where one can be in a movie without owning a SAG card. Memphis is the bluff city and it rocks the socks off any other in the mid-south. The government is run by a crook. The highlights are amazing. It is the only city that voted democratic in the past elections in the state of Tennessee. Memphis is schizophrenic with the good and the bad.
I can never make up my mind so you might as well call me Memphis!
by razzledazzle February 21, 2005
I'm kind of fed up with stereotypical comments on Memphis. I've lived here my whole life (and I don't have a Southern accent!). Memphis is a great city, aside from humid summers. Our Zoo is rated like, highest in the nation, our downtown full of history, Lorraine Motel, Stax, Graceland, Riverboats, etc., and I have never once witnessed or been involved with crime. Why dwell on the 60% African American population? I find it funny that you call Memphis racist when all you look at is our black population. Guess what? That means 40% of other races. Why can't you just say that? I've never run into extreme racism, and I have plenty of friends of other races. For crying out loud, I have a Chinese exchange student living with me. How's that for closed-minded?
You can't judge if you've never lived in Memphis.
by MemphisFTW January 20, 2011

A term that stands for "Makin' Easy Money Pimpin' Hoes In Style."
Used in the Rocafella's rap artist's name, Memphis Bleek.
by B-Man February 02, 2004
the place where the greatest rap group that ever lived resides and that is three 6 mafia .
The Crunkest Rap Group
by Straight THug November 29, 2003
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