to respect; give honor by public acknowlegement.
Man ya better recognize the illest mc there is!
You betta recognize that im the fiercest mothafucka around!
When you disrespect someone, and they in turn burn your ass, you must "RECOGNIZE". Sometimes followed by a quick "HELL YEAH!"
Steve:Here, I got us some Diet Cokes
Phil:Everyone hates Diet Coke
Chick:Can I have one?
Exclamation encouraging another to reflect upon his or her actions, potentially in light of punitive action
All y'all bitches that be bitin' my beats best recognize befo' I get medieval on dat ass!
When you mess up and somebody calls your ass out on it.
O.J. left his bloody gloves at the scene of the crime and the white people called him out on it. RECOGNIZE!