To reach the boundaries of over-reacting, while maintaining sensibility. "Keepin' it real" should only be brought into action when something personal is being attacked, such as one's manhood, one's mother, one's moral code, etc.

Violence is necessary.
Guy : Bitch, what'd you just say to me?
Woman : I said your mother is an ersatz Harriet Jacobs.
SLAP
Guy : Bitch, I told you to shut your wiki-educated mouth. I'm keepin' it real 24-7.
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What you claim to be doing when you are hauled off the Maury set for beating your common-law husband/cousin.
You don't know me! I'm just keepin' it real! You don't know me! I'm just keepin' it real! I'm just keepin' it real! I'M JUST KEEPIN' IT REAL!
by karensavestheday November 16, 2005
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A state of being. To Keep it Real is a transcendent quality that speaks to an essential truth devoid of stereotype, generalization and outside influence. To Keep it real is to be honest with others and is inclusive to those who practice it. Keepin' it real is the act of being "true" or "real" in all senses of the word. Not fake.
Danny asks "How you doin'?"

Frank, being true to his word, says "Keepin' it real. How are you doin'?"

Danny says "The same."
by KIR to the max December 22, 2011
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(verb) the involuntary act of living a day to day struggle to survive. Living life with an eye toward survival with no pretention. Promoting or adopting a realist view toward day to day interactions with others.

See also Keepin it Gangsta, Bein real, real.
...Keepin it real packing steel, getting high, cuz life's a bitch and then you die.
--Nas "Life's a Bitch"
by El Nacote December 06, 2004
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Just keepin it real, the way the cool kids walk down the street, you know, like nerds carrying calculus III books who think they're too cool for the Calc I students. Well, that's just keepin it real. Nerd-style or hood-style.
Mary was just keepin it real when she told her sister to get on the pill during christmas time dinner.

Tom and Jerry smoked up some weed because who the heck wants to be a cartoon, you know, just keepin it real.
by serbiarocks October 05, 2010
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When a person goes to see a new movie in theaters for viewing in "Real 3D," such as Avatar or Alice in Wonderland etc, they will acquire a pair of "Real 3D" glasses. These new plastic glasses are different from the cheap paper glasses from 3D movies of yore, and are in fact super-fly. These glasses may be kept after viewing the movie and worn by their owner at different social gatherings such as dance parties, raves, concerts, etc. This action can be referred to as "Keepin' it Real 3d" because it allows one to get a rep for their "Real 3D" experience, making others aware of the baller status they must hold for being able to afford such expensive movie tickets.
Wearer of Real 3D Glasses:
"Yo Arry (friend), check my swag! I just saw Alice in Wonderland, and I'm keepin' it Real 3D."

Arry:

"Oh shit playboy, you look real fresh tonight."
by MwellMontaldo March 12, 2010
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