The New York City youth is greatly influenced by hip-hop culture, and hip-hop culture is continuously influenced by New York City. With the colorful expressions found in both hip-hop and the streets of New York, colorful language is inevitable. The truth is, you're not a real New Yorker if you've never heard these terms before.
1. Whack = (adj) used to describe something that is appalling in nature
2. Grill = (v) to stare, usually impolitely; to give a dirty look
"Dude stop grilling my girlfriend, I know her spray tan looks whack."
3. To front/Fronting = (v) to put on a façade; acting like you are something that you are not.
"Stop fronting like you own the place."
4. Cop = (v) to buy
"I'm about to cop some chips, you want some?"
5. Catch these hands = phrase used to initiate a fight
"If that girl keeps grilling me she can catch these hands."
Variations: throw these hands; throw hands; catch this fade
6. Crusty = (adj) used to describe someone who is dirty or trashy
"Girl, did you shower today? Your hair is looking all types of musty, dusty, and crusty."
Synonyms: musty; dusty
7. Lit = (adj) used to describe someone or something that is amazing in every sense
8. Mad = (adv) very
"Stay away from her, bro. She has mad problems."
Synonyms: dumb; OD; stupid
9. Dumb = (adv) extremely
"This party is dumb lit."
Synonyms: mad; OD; stupid
10. Brick = (adj) very cold
"Damn, it's mad brick out."
11. Tight = (v) to be upset
"Stop running your fingers through my hair; you're getting me dumb tight."
12. Thirsty = (adj) desperate; (n) someone who is desperate
"I didn't tag you in my photo because I don't want any thirsties following you."
Variations: thirsties (n)
13. Buggin' = freaking out; acting up
"My mom just asked me to clean all the dishes even though it's not my turn. She's buggin."
14. Son = (n) a good friend
"Of course I know him, that's my son!"
15. B = (n) a good friend
"What's good, B?"
16. Sus = shady or false
*Short for "suspect" or "suspicious"
"That girl is mad sus for looking at me like that."
17. Dead ass = (adj) seriously
"You're dead ass getting me tight, B."
*Could also be used as follows:
"Dead ass?" = Are you serious?
"Dead ass!" = Yes.
18. Guap = (n) money
"Okay, this to all of my enemies that seeing me gettin' guap right now." -- Big Sean
Synonyms: Mulah; dough; casheesh
19. Grimey = (adj) used to describe a back-stabber
"I'm telling you, bro. He's mad grimey, don't trust him."
20. You woulda thought = a more exciting way to say "no"
"You woulda thought I was going to let you use my laptop to log on to your shady-ass websites."
21. OD/Ohdee/Odee = (adj) excessive; an abbreviation for "over-doing"
"Man, my professor just assigned OD work on BlackBoard."
Synonyms: mad; dumb
22. Wylin'/Wildin' = out of control
"That girl was wildin' last night when she threatened to throw hands at you for no reason."
23. Facts = (adj) something that is rooted in truth
"That's a fact, B."
24. Snuff = (v) to punch
"I should've never threatened to throw hands. He straight up snuffed me in the throat."
25. Wavy = (adj) used to describe something that is cool or nice
"I’m so wavy in the turbo Porsche, she so wavy in the new Mercedes" -- Ty Dolla $ign
Synonyms: dope, lit
26. Kicks = (n) sneakers
"Where'd you cop those kicks from?"
27. Beef = (n) having a fight or holding a grudge against another person or group of people
"Tommy told me you guys have beef."
28. Ice = (n) jewelry
"Ice on my neck cost me 10 times 3." -- D.R.A.M.
Variations: icy (adj)