Also known as "rudie." Hip-hop cultured stereotype originating in the London area and its surrounding counties, but has now spread to other "ghetto" area's in the UK such as Manchester, Nottingham, and Birmingham. The "rude" part of the name does not directly imply they are unpleasant people. It stems from the Caribbean word "rude" meaninng "hip" or "cool."
Consisted originally of Asians (Bangladeshi's, Indians, etc) and Afro-Caribbeans (Jamaicans, West Indians, etc) but now other races are much more common, such as Africans, native whites, and eastern europeans.
Listen to UK hiphop (or "grime") artists such as Cream Cartel, Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Strider, Asher D, Bigz, High Grade Clan, K-Sounds, Essentials, Nasty Crew, etc...
Rudeboys commonly wear jeans and hooded jumpers, and sometimes hooded tracksuits. Baggy clothes is a must. New Era caps and skullys are common. The cap is sometimes worn at unusual angles, or the hood is up. Common brands are Lot29, Akademiks, Avirex, Ecko, Nike, Adidas, Scarface, Time Is Money, Jordan, Phat Farm, Rocawear, Boxfresh and New Era. Sometimes non-designer clothes are worn as most rudeboys come from very impoverished backgrounds.
Unfortunately, many rudeboys grow up to become drug dealers/gang members. Some lose the attitude and leave the city/join the army to become respectable citizens.
There is a clear difference between "chavs" and "rudeboys." These differences are :
- Rudeboys do not pick fights with random people, and actually exhibit little anti-social behaviour.
- Rudeboys have urban, and generally very bad, upbringings.
- Chavs will talk with an exaggerated cockney accent, even if they are not from a cockney area. Rudeboys talk "ghetto."
- Some rudeboys can be very pleasant people. Chavs feel the need to be anti-social.
- Rudeboys wear baggy, flashy clothing. Chavs wear tight, bland polyester tracksuits.
- Chavs will always travel in a group. Rudeboys often go around alone, even when they are expecting to fight.
- Chavs mostly stop exhibiting chav behaviour as they get older. Some rudeboys remain this way well into their adult life.
For good examples of rudeboys, see films such as Bullet Boy or Kidulthood.
Some translations of ghetto slang :
Bredrin - Homie
Blud/Blad - Used in place of mate. "Whats up blud?"
Get me - You understand
Mind the gap - Watch your step, fool
Ends/Manor - Hood
Star - Used at the end of sentences sometimes when talking to someone. "You get me star?"
Blazing - Smoking
Bukki/Strap/Gat - Gun
Feds/Old bill - Police
Was gwaning/Wagwan - Whats up
Fassy - Pussy
Wasteman - Non-ghetto person
Batty - Backside
Roll deep - Go around with a lot of people
Heavy/Nang - Cool, or really good
Standard - Easy/normal "You should be backing me up, standard"
Dizzy - Mad
Grimey - Ghetto/Poor
Shotting - Selling. "I shot heroin in the ends"
Sket - Whore
Shines - Head/Blowjob
Gash - Girls/Women
Rasclat - Fool/Idiot
Oh my days - Oh my god
Hush up - Shut up
There are many more, but I can't think to name them at present.
"was gwanin rudeboy"
"you're such a rudeboy"
"look at those rudeboys over there"