Guess whoâ€™s in the hiznouse? J. Solo abouts to drop bombs on yaâ€™ll. After reading Krustyâ€™s last comment it got me thinking about whatâ€™s happened to me in the last 5 years. Yes, I am a black man with a chain now, and yes, I know most of you need a translator to understand me. Check gizoogle.com, or contact DA. But seriously though, it made me wonder what it is about areas of the country and how everybodyâ€™s saying the same thing, but in a different way.
Contrary to what most of my friends on the west coast think (especially Seattle), I do not hang around gangster rappers with gold chains and plated teeth. Nor do I feel any different inside. Matter of fact, I mainly work with music producers in the industry who areâ€¦NOT black. Most hip-hop producers I work with are white, or Jewish. My main producing partner and native New Yorker, Probe DMS is actually like me… quarter Chinese, quarter white, and half black. All mixed up. Iâ€™d have to say the majority of native New Yorkers are mixed, but everybody speaks the same lingo. Race has nothing to do with it.
When I lived in Seattle, everybody used to say, â€œyeah man, thatâ€™s tight,â€ meaning, â€œI like that.â€ Out here the main word is â€œhot,â€ or, â€œdope.â€ Nobody says â€œcoolâ€ like you might hear on the west coast. And â€œdudeâ€ can be heard from every kid in California. Except to New Yorkers, it sounds like â€œdee-ude.â€ Kids from Brooklyn might replace it with, â€œdukes.â€ For example:
Brooklynite: What up dukes, whatâ€™s poppinâ€™?
Solo: Mad chillinâ€™.
Brooklynite: Hello, how are you feeling?
Solo: Very good
Now I donâ€™t want anyone to feel offended. These are only observations Iâ€™ve made. And I do know that my speaking patterns and dialect have changed; my mother canâ€™t even understand me on the phone anymore. Itâ€™s not forced either, in fact, while xboxing, I try to tone it down. Let me elaborate some more.
Solo: Yo, I just mercked that dude (slight mixture of west and east coast lingo).
Krusty: Did you say mercked?
â€œMerckedâ€ is a Queens-based word meaning murder. Check NAS and youâ€™ll hear it in his rhymes. If I was playing with kids from New York I might say:
Solo: Yo dun, that kid just got mercked (notice the non-usage of â€œdude.â€)
New Yorker: Aight, true.
Solo: Hey, I just killed that guy.
New Yorker: Alright, good job.
I added another Queenâ€™s based word, â€œdun,â€ pronounced, â€œdone,â€ a play off the word â€œson.â€ I never use this one online cause itâ€™s not as known to the world unlike â€œson.â€ Letâ€™s keep this rolling (moving). This might be a typical phone call:
Solo: Yo, Whatâ€™s good?
New Yorker: Parlayinâ€™.
Solo: My man hit me up with that cheddar heâ€™d been sittinâ€™ on.
New Yorker: Bout time, itâ€™s been a minute.
Solo: Hello, how are you doing?
New Yorker: Nothing.
Solo: My friend gave me the money heâ€™d owed me.
New Yorker: Finally, itâ€™s been a long time.
Now in this conversation you have usage of slang that could be heard all over New York from BK to Queens, to the BX. Believe me, Iâ€™m barely scratching the surface here. Onward.
Solo: Dag, my peeps be hatin on me these days.
Solo: Damn, my friends are talking about me behind my back.
A few years back, I came out to Seattle to vacation and relax. I ran into a few of my old friends. I was happy to see them and catch up. But I felt like they were judging me for the way I talked. I really thought I wasnâ€™t speaking slang either. It got back to me that some musicians in Seattle are saying that I think Iâ€™m black now. I wish! Just kidding, first of all, Iâ€™m neither white nor black. Half Korean, half white is the term. And second, I find it very stereotypical to think that because I might use the word “madâ€ it has anything to do with race. People are people, and we all speak different languages, even in America. Although I did pull up flossinâ€™ 22â€™s on my whip ballinâ€™ like crazy.
Once again, please donâ€™t take any offense to this. I love all my friends from the west coast and east coast. In fact, I know kids out here poke fun at my west coast slang too (I use both). In fact, you might say I have a funny accent to New Yorkerâ€™s ears, sort of like my motherâ€™s Korean accent. If anyone has a question about any terminology I used in this post, Iâ€™d be happy to clarify (or ask DA). I ask people who read this to try and come up with slang they use in everyday use and realize where itâ€™s coming from. Race or demographics?
Witâ€™ dat said, Iâ€™m about to floss my piece for a while. My jump offâ€™s at work stackinâ€™ cheddaâ€™ while Iâ€™m polying wit all yaâ€™ll. Iâ€™m startin to cake up nicely, hope yaâ€™ll doin the same. Stop frontinâ€™, keep it real. Peace everybody. One love.