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I only know two people on this staff personally – TheWayIsHere and CaffeineFiend, who are both white. That said, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that all the rest of the staff and a majority of our readers are white, too. Once again, I’m a fly in the milk. It’s cool, I’m used to it. Anyway, my guess is you’ve probably heard black people from the “hood” speak and wondered, “What are they talking about?” Well, I’m going to help y’all out just a little by sharing a small list of translations, straight from the street.
Let me say this: I did not create this list, but it is so funny and true that I must share my boy’s list with the class. His list was longer, but I am only sharing my favorites. I’ve also cleaned some up a bit and taken a little liberty with the translations without totally changing the original meaning.
Shout out to my boy Cory Jefferies, aka Megatron.
1. “I’m around the corner” or “I’m down the street” = I’m 45 minutes away.
2. “We in this bitch!” = We are attending the event.
3. “Free (insert name here)” = Although he did commit a crime, please let him out of jail/prison because he is my friend/loved one.
4. “So you mad?” = It amuses me that you’re angered by what just occurred when it didn’t seem like a big deal to me.
5. “Kick rocks” = It’s time for you to leave. Now.
6. “I got the whip” = My mother was kind enough to let me use the car.
7. “Shit just got real” = The situation has escalated to the highest point of seriousness and is no longer a laughing matter.
8. “I’m chillin’ tonight” = My current financial situation is not budgeted for extracurricular activity.
9. “Nah mean?” = Do you understand what I’m saying?
Finally, my favorite:
10. “You tryna chill?” (when said to a woman) = I really want to engage in sexual activity with you, but, if I said that, you might say no.
There you have it. Your first step toward street cred.