(n)- repsect from urban communities. usually something essential for making it big in the rap world. it is wrongly percieved as being a straight up gansta or committing crimes. street cred is something one can earn, even a rich kid or suburb-dweller. if you have went through a tough childhood or life but have worked hard to make something of yourself (like me), then you can earn street cred, even if you are not from the streets. if ghetto kids like a rap artist who started out rich, but rapped about important things in life and is simply a good rapper, then that rapper has street cred. if you buy a rap album just because the rapper is gansta, then you are fucked up.
a funny thing is, most street rappers are not that great, some of the greatest lyricists of all time were not always from 'tha ghetto'
the streets to some extent
rakim one of the greatest lyricists, who cares if he is street?
vanilla ice not really, he lied about it
ja rule he was not straight up gangsta, but has still earned much street cred, which was unfortunately lost
5 point- Born black
5 point- Born in a single parent home
10 points- Born poor
50 points- Sold 'Hard' drugs.. crack, cocaine, Heroin
65 points- Been shot and survived
75 points- Been shot multiple times and survived
70 points- Gang member of crips or bloods
65 points- Been to prison
40 points- Been to Jail
20 points- Have at least 10 tattoos
20 points- Kicked out of high school or dropped out
20 points- 16 years old and have a baby mama
-75 Points- Born rich
-50 Points- Speak proper English
-60 Points- Have white friends
-5 Points- Born white
-95 Points- Born in a safe neighborhood
-100 Points- No criminal record
-40 Points- Live with both parents
-35 Points- Smile when someone takes your photo
-60 Points- Straight A student
-2000 Points- Born in Utah, Maine, New Hampshire, Montana or Arizona.
"Damm you got street cred yo! you rap?"
"I'm from Maine and got a 4.0 from Harvard. My parents are both on the fortune 500 list and are still together"-
"Man, you are wack you don't got now street cred you sucker"
Also, people who try to pretend like they know how to live on the streets to sound cool obviously have not lived on the streets and probably have some issues.
"Living on the streets is dope, yo. I know, because I have street cred."
*Gangsta proceeds to beat up Foo' and steal his pocket money*