- a variety of rap music that is distinguished by an emphasis on themes of violence, criminality, and machismoalso gangsta rap
- a person who writes and performs this musicalso gangsta rapper
Origin of gangsta; from gangster
A person who is active in a gang, especially a young member of a criminal gang; a gangster.
Of or relating to the music, clothing, and culture of street gangs.
Origin of gangstaPronunciation spelling of the African American Vernacular English pronunciation of gangster.
- (slang) exhibiting the traits or demeanor associated with the high risk lifestyle of urban street-thugs or hustlers.