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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However, this list does not include definitions or biographical information, and therefore its purpose is not clear. 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.

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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. And some of the Words don’t lead to another? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Your review will post soon.

Sometimes the origins of expressions are many times more interesting than the words themselves. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


You should [not buy this book]. Customers who bought hup item also bought. Recommended by the Temple of Hiphop- Peace.

Hip Hoptionary: The Dictionary of Hip-hop Terminology – Alonzo Westbrook – Google Books

Content protection This content is DRM protected. When I opened it first I was first totaly irritated.

Some examples of the latter include “ego-trippin,” “grapevine,” “cancer sticks,” and “wallflowers. As I holded it in my Hands I promply thought thats too small for all tha Words.

A list of standard English terms translated into “Slanguage” follows the main body of definitions. 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. Seller name Penguin Random House. Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner.

Hip hop is not about racism. Making its way from Compton sidewalks to suburban malls, garnering commentary from The Wall Street Journal alongside Vibehip-hop by definition delivers its messages in the most creative language possible. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. 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.


Westbrook should try delving more into the etymological aspects of hip hop. Numerous spelling errors appearing throughout the final proof include “Introductiory,” “tims,” “permance,” “omone,” and “Fflorida. While this Street Language text does have some off quotes and definitions, its core is hkptionary to the Hiphop Spirit and has some real knowledge in it.

Overall, the book can be fun and informative-especially for students studying English as a second language. Second, no one in hip hop even calls Hjp “nips. Overall, the book can be fun and informative-especially for students studying English as a second language. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

To rate and review, sign in. This is a great reference book. Insight into poetic slanguage and terms.