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trap queen

What does trap queen mean?

Originating in drug slang, a trap queen is a strong, loyal woman, often used in hip-hop and black culture.

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Examples of trap queen

“I ain't looking for a trap queen, I'm lookin for a house wife”
@tallfuckk Twitter (April 30, 2017)
“What's a trap Queen without a Trap King!!  - smiling face with heart-eyes emoji - smiling face with heart-eyes emoji - smiling face with heart-eyes emoji
Dionte Fizer Facebook (January 23, 2017)
“But the defunct trap queen, like any other cultural tourist too busy taking selfies to immerse herself in her surroundings and actually learn something, only sees hip-hop as ‘money, cash, hoes,’ because that’s the music in which she intentionally trafficked.”
Preston Mitchum, “Dear Miley Cyrus: Hip-Hop Culture Never Needed You and It Won’t Miss You,” The Root (May 8, 2017)
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Who uses trap queen?

As Fetty Wap’s use suggests, trap queen can also be used an affectionate term for a person’s “rock” and by some black women, including a self-styled trap feminist, as a form of self-empowerment and agency. The male counterpart to a trap queen is a trap king.

A trap queen can also refer to a woman who is very knowledgeable about or skilled in trap music, which genre, as noted, takes its name from its association with drug-dealing traps.

Unrelated is the derogatory term trap queen, which insults transgender people, especially transgender women, who “pass” as cisgender. With queen being a slang term for a “homosexual,” the trap in this trap queen comes from the offensive misconception that transgender or nonbinary people are deceiving, or “trapping,” cisgender people.

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