6 Popular Slangs in Music and What They Mean

If you’re constantly keeping up with the terminologies, you should know what 420 and many other popular music phrases mean. But if not, don’t worry. These are just a few slangs that have become embedded in music and pop culture in recent times. The following short list of popular slangs should be enough to mess with your head, if even for a little while.

April 20 was once just a normal day. However, for the past few years, there has been a Twitterstorm and numerous references online to the number 420 (also 4:20 and 4/20) every time that day comes around.

If you’re constantly keeping up with the terminologies, you should know what 420 and many other popular music phrases mean. But if not, don’t worry.

For one of our clients it was quite an “ah-ha” moment when we told her the meaning of the number... right after straightening her out with the fact that we are music connoisseurs and not marijuana experts, of course. She had thought her chains were being jangled after a music publisher asked her for 420 songs. A quick Google search led her to find out he was quite serious and she came to us for the 411 on 420.

The following short list of popular slangs, including 420, should be enough to mess with your head, if even for a little while.

420, 4:20, 4/20: This is code for weed holiday. The term was said to be coined decades ago when a few friends started meeting up at a specific time each day – 4:20 PM – just to smoke pot. Makes sense now, doesn’t it? It’s gotten more popular with the decriminalization of marijuana in many parts of the world.

Bae: For the past two years, this three letter word has been thrown around by artists such as Bey (get it?), as well as by people on the internet. If you didn’t know, it’s a contraction of the word babe (seriously, four letters wasn’t short enough?) but has evolved to also mean lover or friend.

Yeezy: Kanye West stopping short of calling himself Jesus (see Yeezus) and a type of sneakers named after him. Go figure.

On Fleek: Nicki Minaj didn’t coin this term but she sure helped popularize it when she used the line “Pretty on fleek” in the song “Feeling Myself” with Beyoncé. It pretty much means looking good or flawless; like “her makeup is on fleek.”

Turnt: Also used with ‘up’ (as in turnt up), this slang is way more than just plain bad English. It means getting wild, drunk or high. Basically, if you’re invited to a party and told that it will be turnt, expect some pretty wild behavior.

Or Nah: If you have not watched the video or heard the song of the same name done by Ty Dolla $ign, it might be lost on you to hear someone end a sentence with “or nah?”

These are just a few slangs that have become embedded in music and pop culture in recent times and everybody’s using them, from musicians and actors to parents and kids. Do you know any that could add to this list?

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