Top Ten Greatest Rap-Acronym Anthems


De La Soul, "D.A.I.S.Y. Age"

Despite regularly telling avid listeners that in De La's world, the term "daisy" was an acronym that stood for for Da Inner Sound Y'All, the breezy Long Island trio were soon burdened with the tag of being lackadaisical hip-hop hippies. Their DayGlo debut album cover sprinkled with cartoon daisies, reputedly put together against the crew's wishes, probably didn't help their cause. It's a stigma De La repeatedly tried to address, in songs like the b-side cut "Ain't Hip To Be Labeled A Hippie," and more bluntly with the cover to their second album, De La Soul Is Dead, which showed three wilted daisies in a broken flower pot.


Ice-T, "Girls, L.G.B.N.A.F."
With the cover of Ice-T's classic Power album resembling a prototype hip-hop soft-porn mag -- pimp attire! a scantily clad girl with big jugs and an even bigger gun! -- I'm not sure why Ice felt the need to censor the name to one of his definitive sex raps. Salaciously blunt in rhyme, the letters in the title refer to the slick phrase, "Let's get butt-naked and fuck." Throughout, Ice repeatedly rhymes "butt" with "fuck" for full-on player appeal.


LL Cool J, "The G.O.A.T."
Proving that barnyard prestige is no barrier to hip-hop's love of self-aggrandizement, LL Cool J invoked the image of the lowly ruminant goat when he declared himself the "Greatest of All Time." Uncle L reputedly ditched the set of a Spielberg movie to put his "G.O.A.T." thoughts into rhyme; not only did the unlikely phrase stick, but it's been spun off into non-acronym sub-plaudits, like Weezy anointing himself the greatest rapper alive and folks towing the (possibly sycophantic) party line that Jay-Z is the greatest rapper dead or alive.


Smiff-N-Wessun, "K.I.M."
For a duo named in honor of a firearm manufacturer, Boot Camp Clik soldiers Tek and Steele produced a pretty positive addition to rap's acronym vault, advising listeners to pluck up, stay positive, and "keep it moving" when their girl acts up, the set gets hot, or simply when "shit just don't stop." This sagely advice occurs over a beat courtesy of the Beatminerz's Mr. Walt that borrows nattily from a Paul McCartney song. (See also: A Tribe Called Quest's less codified "Keeping It Moving.")


Schoolly D, "P.S.K. -- What Does It Mean?"
"P.S.K./We're making that green/People always saying, 'What the hell does that mean?'" So raps Philadelphia's Schoolly D on his trailblazing 1986 gangsta-rap cut. He goes on to (two-thirds accurately) break the individual letters down in rhyme: "P for the people who can't understand/How one homeboy became a man/S for the way you scream and shout/One by one I'm knocking out/K for the way my DJ cutting/Other MCs, man, you ain't saying nothing." But that's the parental-advisory version: The initials actually refer to the Park Side Killers gang. Today, Schoolly proves that crime rhymes can pay by voicing Adult Swim cartoons.



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H2O
H2O

The term "hamm" and the acronym H.A.M., have different meanings but are used the same ways. The term "ham" is a Southern slang word that's used to describe something out of control. The whole term is actually used as a "ham sammich"... which is also southern terminology for a "ham sandwich". With that being a favorite snack of the South, the term relates to magnifying the feeling of eating one. Anything that's either "on ham" or "goin' ham" is something of an intense value.

I would have to vote for C.R.E.A.M. as being the biggest due to its longevity and everyday usage... and like everyone else, i'm kinda shocked that T.R.O.Y & O.P.P. aren't up there. Funny thing about F.A.Y.B.A.N., i never knew nor asked what it meant, lol... and i have the vinyl for it.

Logan
Logan

"T.R.O.Y." being omitted is tragic, plus if it had been included here it could've done the addtional service of providing a nice title for this post ("Take the first letter out of each word in this joint"). I also have to nerd out for a sec and say that "DWYCK," while all in caps, is not an acronym--it was a Biz Markie slang word that was just important enough to be put in all caps. Thank you.

Buzzer
Buzzer

Basic instructions before leaving earth....

nick
nick

list could use some B.I.B.L.E. in my opinion (even if that means there's two wu entries)

rob
rob

i almost complained about the "T.R.O.Y." omission but i respect the integrity of this process

Anonymous
Anonymous

A.D.I.D.A.S was Korn, wasn't it?

young scuba
young scuba

You forgot one of the best, T.O.N.Y., when they reminisce over you, my god...

Bronxstrawberry
Bronxstrawberry

WHAT??? It means Hard as A Motherfucker...where you getting your info from fam? Did you google that?

Rickydollars
Rickydollars

"DWYCK" stands for "do what you can kid."

JohnT
JohnT

top of new york?

Young Scuba
Young Scuba

we all know that shoulda stood for Big Ass Motherfucker

JohnT
JohnT

its not a acronym, everyone knows that, just a nonsense word. its not even said int he song!

Logan
Logan

That is incorrect, sir. Guru cleared it up years ago.

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