Hip Hop Songs That Influenced Pop Culture Slang

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  • Lil Jon, Biggie, The Notorious B.I.G., Drake
  • Juicy J
  • N.O.R.E.
  • E-40
  • Ying Yang Twins
  • Juicy J
  • Chris Brown
  • BG
  • Lil Jon
  • Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Naughty By Nature
  • Drake
  • Rocko, 2 Chainz
  • Blackstreet, Dr. Dre, Queen Pen
  • Ty Dolla $igns
  • Hurricane Chris
  • Beyonce
  • Ron Browz, Vado, Cam'Ron
  • Kanye West, Jay Z


When DJ Kool Herc created hip hop in the 1970's the movement almost immediately began setting trends, as Herc’s new "break beat" style influenced the careers of Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. Decades later, hip hop is a billion dollar industry with influence over a global audience and leadership in various aspects of pop culture from fashion to cars, spirits and even the English language.

Artists like Notorious B.I.G.Lil Jon and Drake have used music to create and coin phrases, which have found a way from lyrics to everyday jargon. Keep reading for a brief hip hop history of some of the artists and songs behind pop culture slang like "no diggity," "bootylicious," "ratchet" and "thot." —Dominique Zonyeé (@DominiqueZonyee)

(Photos from Left: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for ChefDance, PacificCoastNews)

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