Examples of diddy bop
Examples of diddy bop
Where does diddy bop come from?
Diddy bop is much older than Sean “Puffy” Combs. It dates back to 1940s, when it was used in black slang for a contemptible black person affecting whiteness. In the 1950s, a diddy bop migrated to a “delinquent” or “street gang member,” and by the 1960s, to a kind of exaggerated, stylized strut, involving walking with a bounce, swinging one’s arms, and locking the knee—as if swaggering like an overconfident gangster.
Diddy bop bopped its way into military slang by at least the Vietnam War. The US Marine Corps use it to describe a soldier who is incapable of marching in crisp formation.
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) April 30, 2012
Diddy bop popularly resurfaced in black culture in the 1990s. In 1998, rapper Cam’ron used it in his track “Glory”: “When I rhyme / Niggas grab they dick and diddy bop / And pull they skully down / And put their ice grill on.” Cam’ron’s diddy bop describe the cocky strut of a man who can take on anything. Over his career, Cam’ron would use diddy bop in several of his other songs (and on his Twitter account).
Later, though, another hip hop artist would become the unofficial daddy of diddy bop. Sean Combs, known as Diddy at the time, released a 2009 single, “Diddy Boppin’.”
At the time, many fans thought Diddy himself invented the slang / dance, since he coincidentally and conveniently shared its name. Shortly after the release of “Diddy Boppin,” Combs released a video on his YouTube channel clarifying that he didn’t invent diddy bop. He also provided his own definition of the slang: for Combs, diddy bopping means feeling good, happy, and self-assured—being in the kind of mood that, well, makes you want to diddy bop.
Who uses diddy bop?
Hip-hop songs, and black popular culture more generally, use diddy bop for a walk or dance move resembling a bouncing swagger.
I need to go out and diddy bop in the club 😂
— Que la la (@Queshaa_Duhh) April 30, 2015
Controversial rapper 6ix9ine, for instance, referenced diddy bop on his 2018 song “KEKE”: “Baby I ain’t a hot boy, I’m a block boy / Double trigger Glock, make him Diddy Bop, boy.”
Whoever is using diddy bop, however, the slang/move is indelibly associated with Sean Combs and his “Diddy Boppin’.”
Dancing does. The Diddy bop still isn’t FDA approved. https://t.co/lLxb6RBvcL
— Tiara Marie (@Red_Neval) January 8, 2019
I'm still amused by Diddy's diddy bop… I'm mad he got the whole dirty money doing the diddy bop!
— Diarrha N'Diaye (@DiarrhaXo) December 17, 2009