The bumpin’ book for hip-hop disciples (a.k.a. fiends), songwriters, all other writers, pop culture fans, linguists, and parents who are just trying. The Paperback of the Hip Hoptionary (TM): The Dictionary of Hip Hop Terminology by Alonzo Westbrook, Alonzo T. Westbrook | at Barnes. Buy a cheap copy of Hip Hoptionary TM: The Dictionary of Hip book by Alonzo Westbrook. The bumpin’ book for hip-hop disciples (a.k.a. fiends), songwriters.

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Some examples of the latter include “ego-trippin,” “grapevine,” “cancer sticks,” and “wallflowers. A list of standard English terms translated into “Slanguage” follows the main body of definitions.

Next comes “Folk in the Know,” an alphabetical list of pop- and hip-hop-related celebrities. However, this list does not include definitions or biographical information, and therefore its purpose is not clear.

Overall, the book can be fun and informative-especially for students studying English as a second language. Aiming to create a work that “capture[s] the language and preserve[s] the culture of hip-hop, [while also serving] as a tool for education,” New York City-based journalist Westbrook here offers a “hoptionary” defining roughly terms.

The book is divided into three sections: While there is a need for a well-written reference on hip-hop, this book does not fit the bill. Numerous spelling errors appearing throughout the final proof include “Introductiory,” “tims,” “permance,” “omone,” and “Fflorida. For instance, “waze out” is defined as “syke,” a word this reviewer was unable to define even after checking two standard dictionaries, two slang dictionaries, www.

Searching for phrases is hampered by the pagination, which is limited to odd numbers found on the right-hand pages, and the cross-referencing is inconsistent.

For instance, “smell me” is cross-referenced to “feed me,” a phrase that does not appear in the dictionary. In addition, of the 24 hip-hop web sites listed, two were inaccessible.

Finally, the author’s selection criteria are unclear, as many of the words found here can also be found in one or more of the established dictionaries with the same definitions. Of limited use, this book is further restricted by its seeming to address the black community only, though hip-hop culture crosses color and ethnic lines. Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner. And It Don’t Stop: Hip Hop at the End of the World: The Photography of Brother Ernie. Start reading Hip Hoptionary TM: Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention hip hop hip hoptionary terms words word definitions slang.

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It would be great to continue to add to the content as more terms are born. As I holded it in my Hands I promply thought noptionary too small for all tha Words.

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When I opened it first I was first totaly irritated. And some of the Words don’t lead to another? And that less Words? I guess most of the 1 Star raters did’nt got what the author wanted to show, anyhow if the Words can be interpretated in another spell or sense, it gives rich and vital Information about some of tha most important Words in the whole Worldwide HipHop-Culture. Could you complete it? I’m a German and I should need it.

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And tha short delivery Time was greatly. One person found this helpful. While this Street Language text does have some off quotes and definitions, its core is dedicated to the Hiphop Spirit and has some real knowledge in it. Recommended by the Temple of Hiphop- Peace.

This book is excellent and I enjoyed reading it from front to back. A book for all cultures and races.

I look forward to more books by this author. Hopitonary is a great reference book. It’s format is friendly to the eye and shows some ceativity on the part of itis contributors. Off the ropes and awful dope, so go copp that thang youngin! This book “translates” hooptionary hip hop lingo into middle American English and vice versa. But there were several racist slang terms included in this book simply for the sake of including them. Asian is defined as “Nip.


First of all, why are these racist terms included? Second, no one in hip hop even calls Asians “nips. The Hiphoptionary reveals its intrinsic racism when it defines Black as “nigger offensive ” The parenthetical was added to the definition to tell people that this word is offensive. Why wasn’t the same parenthetical added to the definition of “Asian?

Hip hop is not about racism.

I love hip hop, but I hate racism. You should [not buy this book]. This book is filled with old slang mostly stuff used in I swear, most of the stuff in here is filled with terms my parents use on the daily bases, because it’s out of date. It provides an excellent introduction to hip hop terms and expressions since the genre’s inception, along with brief capsules of influential artists and a quite handy English to Hip Hop reverse lookup.

I do have two minor complaints or suggestions for the 2nd edition. Westbrook should try delving more into the etymological aspects of hip hop. Sometimes the origins of expressions are many times more interesting than the words themselves.

For example, I did not realize that the word “nino”, meaning “crime boss”, hails from “New Jack City” – all this time, I figured it had only to do with weather phenomena. These additions would easily make the book twice as thick; help preserve older, more obscure terminology; and make Hip Hoptionary feel less like it had been almost produced in a cultural vacuum which presently belies the tremendous amount of research Westbrook has done.

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