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GUEST,Azizi Slang & Other Colloquialisms in Music (51* d) RE: Slang & Other Colloquialisms in Music 02 Jul 05

"Let's start at the very beginning-a very good place to start"..

Well, at least this was the beginning for my train of thought about this subject:

Here's some ways that the word "down" is used in Hip-Hop, R&B, and other contemporary music forms:

From this online Rap Dictionary

break it down {verb}
1.        To dance; "Oh break it down" -- MC Hammer (Can't Touch This)
2.        To analyze a concept into simpler, easier to understand
3.        To have sexual intercourse.

down low {noun- on the down low}
1. Covert, secret, "hush hush", derived from low profile".
2. Men that sleep with other men but lead a straight or non-gay social life. Originally only applied to black men.

down with {adverb}
To be down with: to be sympathetic to something, or to be friends with someone.


Then there's the term "OPP", an African American slang term with multiple meanings. The term was popularzed by Naughty by Nature's 1991 hit song of that title that included the hook "Are you down with OPP? Yeah you know me". * The music for this song is from The Jackson Five's 1970 hit song "ABC".

*It took me some time to figure this out-so here's a hint: thre's two people talking.

Here's the O.P.P.

And here's the definitions of O.P.P. from that same online Rap Dictionary:


First used in a popular song by the same name by Naughty by Nature

Stands for "Other People's Problems."

But has since been "borrowed" to mean:

Other people's pussy. **
Other people's penis.
Other people's property.
also used in a song by Xkwizit (aka MicronXD)

Naughty By Nature's song, OPP, explains it as: Other People's Pussy or Other People's Penis, not problems


** This doesn't mean "little cat" LOL!

BTW, "O.P.P." has morphed into the term "O.P.B." {meaning "Other People's Blogs"}. Put OPB in a search engine, and you'll have quite a few hits.


Peace out!


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