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Life of a Hustler

“Welcome to my hood” (DJ Khaled). “Parental discretion is advised” (N.W.A.). “Get up in the morning” (Chiddy Bang). “Start from scratch” (Game). “Get this money” (Bizzare). “I’m a hustler” (Cassidy). “On the corner” (Gorrila Zoe). “Slangin’ rock” (Freddie Gibbs). “Got what you need” (Wiz Khalifa). “Time is money” (Joell Ortiz). “Grindin’” (Clipse). “Life of an outlaw” (Tupac Shakur).

“Money 2 blow” (Drake). “Spend some money” (Chingy). “Ballin’ outta control” (E40). “Look at me now” (Chris Brown). “Nothin but a G thang” (Dr. Dre). “I don’t owe nobody shit” (Das Racist). “Look at what we started” (Hoodie Allen). “Money aint a thang” (Jay-Z). “Just throw it in the bag” (Fabulous). “Fancy” (Drake). “Bright lights, big city” (Jim Jones). “Money right” (Flo Rida). “Hell yeah” (Genuwine). “I run shit” (DMX). “This is why I’m hot” (MIMS). “Just might be OK” (Lupe Fiasco). “Can’t stop, won’t stop” (State property). “The world is yours” (Nas). “Bad boys 4 life” (P. Diddy). “Mo money, mo problems” (Biggie).

“Streets is watchin” (Young Money). “Prices on my head” (Young Buck). “Mean mug” (Soulja Boy). “Put ya hands up” (Jadakiss). “Oh word?” (Beastie Boys). “Get em high” (Kanye West). “Who? Not me” (Ludacris). “Yeah you” (N.E.R.D.). “Don’t fuck wit me” (Lil’ John). “Don’t put your hands on me” (Boyz N Da Hood). “Make a move” (Lloyd Bank$). “Wish you would” (Lil’ Wayne). “Careful what you wish for” (Eminiem). “Lost art of killing” (King Fantastic). “A threat and a promise” (Papoose). “Get my gun” (D-12). “Blow his head off” (Busta Rhymes). “Follow instructions” (M.O.P.). “Fear not of man” (Mos Def). “Beg for mercy” (G-Unit). “I’m supposed to die tonight” (50 Cent). “End of the road” (Machine Gun Kelly). “One shot 2 shot” (Eminem).

“Oh!” (Ciara). “Save me” (Nicki Minaj). “Call the ambulance” (Busta Ryhmes). “Don’t let me die” (Jay-Z & R. Kelly).

“Bang Bang” (Dr. Dre). “Hit da dirt” (Dem Franchise Boys). “Blood runs cold” (Jedi Mind Tricks).

“Dead and gone” (T.I.). “Good die young” (D-12).

“Up, up and away” (Kid Cudi).

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A Brief History of Swag

The word “swag” is seemingly becoming more and more prevalent in today’s culture. It has burst onto the mainstream scene from relative obscurity over the past five years and shows little intent on slowing down. To fully understand how this has happened, the origin of the word must first be understood. A common misconception is that “swag” is a shortened form of the word “swagger”, “swag” is indeed its own word dating back to 1593, meaning controlling influence. Previous to this definition, “swag” meant loot or booty. Numerous prestigious authors have used the word “swag,” a word that many people consider slang. One ample reason that people interpret “swag” as slang is the use of the word in hip-hop lyrics and in the media.

The first time that I was introduced to the word through hip-hop was in “All I Need” by Jay-Z, which was released in 2001. Like numerous other trends in hip-hop, it started in New York. Fellow New Yorker and recording artist DMX also used the word “swagger” in his song “We In Here,” but the word id not hit the U.S. Billboard Top 100 until the T.I. hit “Swagga Like Us” in 2008. Interestingly enough, Jay-Z was featured on the track as well as other platinum recording artists Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne. But the word “swagga” is a shortened form of “swagger,” so it is not technically the word “swag.” It did not take long for swag to hit the charts, just one year later in 2009 when Soulja Boy released the song “Turn My Swag On,” which hit 19th on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 and 3rd on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 Hot Tracks. Being on the charts two years in a row after hardly being used as a common idiom is a true feat for a word. It transformed it to more than a word; it became a goal for hip-hop fans around the world, to possess swag. Hip-hop fans hunger for that almost indescribable mixture of confidence and style that their favorite artists are rapping about. Going back to the original definition meaning “controlling influence,” it is apparent that these rappers do indeed procure swag.

Terms that hip-hop artists invent sometimes fuse into culture. A good example of hip-hop word fusion is the term “Benjamin,” meaning hundred dollar bill. Merriam Webster recently added it to the actual dictionary; clearly it is here to stay. I believe the same to be true for “swag.” Although it has been a legitimate word for hundreds of years, its popularity is just now peaking. It has truly transcended music and become culture, which is the ultimate stamp of approval. It is still merely a trend, but the test of time is a test that cannot be hurried. Swag.