gangsta rap

or gang·ster rap

[ gang-stuh ]
/ ˈgæŋ stə /


a type of rap music whose lyrics feature violence, sexual exploits, and the like.

Origin of gangsta rap

First recorded in 1985–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gangsta rap

gangsta rap
/ (ˈɡæŋstə) /


a style of rap music, usually characterized by lyrics about Black street gangs in the US, often with violent, nihilistic, and misogynistic themes

Derived forms of gangsta rap

gangsta rapper, noun

Word Origin for gangsta rap

C20: phonetic rendering of gangster
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