A phrase made famous by Nas on "The World is Your's" from his universally acclaimed debut album, iLLmatic. Nas used the term again on the track "One on One" from the Street Fighter soundtrack in the mid 90's.

In a literal sense, the term "Rotten Apple" is a nickname for New York City, for obvious reasons.

In a symbolic sense, however, it could be a much deeper metaphor, meaning a negative, angry, depressed, or confused state of mind. "Dwellin' in the rotten apple, you get tackled, or caught by the devil's lasso..."

It could also be a metaphor for deadly games & habits such as drug addiction, pomiscuous sex, alcoholism, anorexia, etc.

This line is a perfect example of elite lyricism, portrayed by an elite rapper, spawned from true talent, skill, and understanding for Hip Hop. It has a literal sense that the vast majority of people can relate to - it is easy to understand - it is creatively soken to sound pleasing to the ear of the listener - and it also has a fascinating "iceberg" below the surface that can be explored by those who are passionate fans of hip hop, writing, and music.

-His rhymin' is a vitamin.
Dwellin' in the Rotten Apple, you get tackled/
or caught by the devil's lasso, shit is a hassle/
by Dubulous Productions July 02, 2012
Top Definition
A term synonymous with New York City
From "The World is Yours" by Nas, featured on Illmatic

"Dwellin in the Rotten Apple, you get tackled
Or caught by the devil's lasso, shit is a hassle"
by SonOfLiberty87 April 02, 2007
a unfit or corrupt person who's nature is known to corrupt others (derived for the expression one rotten apple spoils a barrel)
No telling who the rotten apple is here without a thorough examination.
by The Return of Light Joker September 26, 2011
A song by prominent Seattle-based alternative rock and metal band Alice in Chains. Rotten Apple was recorded in 1993 and is the opening track of Alice in Chains' 1994 EP, Jar of Flies. It is regarded by many Alice In Chains fans as one of their finer songs, and by some to be one of the standout tracks coming out of the alternative movement of the early 1990's.
"I really like that song Rotten Apple."
by The only A I C (Get it?) May 24, 2014
rotten apple

an offensive term for a teenager who has disciplinary problems, mainly in school, and is being rebellious against their parents.
mother: Becky, i have bad news for you. answer my question :why have you turned out to be a rotten apple?. I didn't give birth to you so as a teenager you would be a rotten apple.

Becky: Lol. im not a rotten apple, mom. all i do in terms of rebellion is dye my hair purple and listen to rock music; in school my disciplinary problems amount to, at most, me fighting off some bastards of the male gender. you as my computer illiterate simply don't understand the children and teenagers of our generation.
by sexydimma October 31, 2012
When you put an iphone in your ass and keep calling it because the vibration feels so tittalating.
Last night I caught my son giving his boyfriend a rotten apple!
by d1ck_ch0d3s June 10, 2014
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by MAkAv3Li5T August 26, 2006
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