Wagwarn, community! (lol)
Recently we’ve been discussing grime and the urban culture of modern London (specifically the Northern and Southern regions) with some members in the Discord chat. We went through how gangs operate and some other shit, but most importantly the language that circulated the urban regions.
I have decided to put together a London slang dictionary for you guys to refer to when listening to grime tracks, and more specifically drill.Gang relatedJump Out Gang
- A collaboration between Harlem Spartans, 67 and 86.67
- Major powerhouse in London. Pretty much controls the drug and weapon exchanges in South London. Based in Brixton.86
- Neighbouring and allied gang with 67. Based in Brixton again.Harlem Spartans
- Part of JOG. Fairly new but dangerous and recently active gang based in Kennington.Ounto Nation
- Large gang in North London. Not sure how much of an impact they have or their attitudes towards the south. Based in Tottenham.AAggy
“Nigga, don’t get me aggy”Aggro
– Amnesia. A strand of Indica breed weed.
“I get loads of money from trapping Amm”Ahlie
– A London slang word for ‘I know right’
“Mars: The Shinobi exams were retarded
Snoopy: Ahlie”Allow it
– Go easy on something. Let it go.
“Misi: Give me all your SLO coins!
Jcryer: Allow it, please!”Aired
- When you get ignored, whether it be a read message without reply or in real life.
"Lol, man got aired"BBare
– Loads. When somebody or yourself has a lot of something.
“I got bare jewels on my neck”
“She’s chatting bare”
“Man’s got bare problems”Bands
– A large sum of money wrapped in a rubber band. Usually £1000 or more.
“This watch cost me 5 bands”
“I spent 20 bands on this whip”Bando
– The house where drugs are produced, packed and sometimes sold.
“Chillin’ in the bando”Bredrins
– Type of bullets for a shotgun.Bun
– Ugly or Attack
“That girl is bun, fam”
“If he acts up, we’re gonna bun him”Bruck/Brukk
– To break something.
“Bruck up man’s face”
“Got that weed, bruck it all down”
“Your bro got brukk up”
“I bruck my dik” (Requested by Accelerator)Body
– To “catch a body” means to kill somebody.
“SJ caught a body on Tuesday”Bait
– When something is obvious1, and when someone is being exposed2.
1. “Ken: Cover yourself with a shirt if someone catches you wanking
Mars: Nah, man, that’s too bait”
2. “Reminance: I saw Chikai give head to some guy on SLO
Nova: Bait her out fam”Block
– A girl.
“Who’s that bird?”Batty
– Big ass. Can also mean gay.
“She got that big batty”
“He’s a battyboy”Bossman
- The owner of a shop. Usually corner store. Anyone can be bossman regardless of race.
"What's up, bossman?"Beef
- Conflict between two or more people.
"There's beef on the courts"Blanked
- Someone who is needy
"He's a beg"Bumbaclart
- Something you wipe your ass with. So the English equivalent will be 'Asswipe'. The word can also be a substitute for "fuck".
"Friend performs an evil prank on you
- Blood cloth. Bloody tampon or other substance. Used to describe an annoying person. Big insult.
"What a bludclart"CCorn
“Loading the iron with corn”Crash
“We crashed the opp block”Creps
“Look at my fresh creps”Case
– Court Case. When someone has been caught by the police, they may get a court case depending on what crime they have committed.
“I ain’t trynna catch no case”Chunky
– Usually describes fat bullets. Wider than the standard.
– To “Hold a chase” means to run away from someone.
“When we went through your hood, you were holding chase”Cah
“Whatasnipe: Needa go sleep, cah man’s tired”Can
“Free my bros in the can”Clip
– The magazine on a gun.
“He emptied the clip on these niggas”Crud
– Shit. When somebody talks shit.
“He’s talking crud”Cats
– Drug consumers.
“I sold to dem cats”Cheffed
– Cut up/killed.
“He got cheffed up on the main road”Clapped
- Someone ugly.
"Rah, he's clapped as fuck"'Chete
- A macheteDDriller
– A driller is a respected gangster, known for committing crimes like robbery, murder and trapping and most of all sticking with his gang and repping his ends.
“Krazyy: You know Abz, yeah?”
“Snoopy: Yeah bro, he’s a real driller”Dotty
– Street term for a shotgun.
“Got tha’ Dotty in the bag”Ding-dong
– A cheap car.
“Skrr round with the ding-dong”Dash
– Also known as “Dasheen” or “Dashing”. When someone runs away in fear.
“Them man dasheen”Dough
“I make that dough”Dead up
“Someone’s gonna get dead-up”
“He got dead-up”Dip
– Stab. Can also mean to run away or hide.
“Dip man down”
“He got dipped”
"He dipped from the area"Dashed
- When something gets thrown
"He dashed a chair out the window"Dun Know!
- Almost like... "Cmon!" or "You know it!" a celebration of sorts.
"A showing off muscles
B: Big guns bro!
A: Dun know!"Dead
- When something is unwanted/unattractive/unfitting. For example, a 'dead ting' would be someone unattractive. Or, if you went for a party that was boring, or even heard an unfunny joke, you'd say 'that's dead'.E
Ends - English equivalent to the American 'Hood'
"These are my ends"
"What ends are you from?"FFry
– To shoot someone up. (Past tense|Fried)
“He got fried”Fields
– In a field or a less populated place. Definitely not main road.
“Don’t leave your Gs when you’re in the field”Fam
- Family or friend
"What's up, fam?"GGyaldem
– Group of girls. Opposite to ‘mandem’.HHead
"Fuck, that guy's hench"IIron
"There's live corn in the iron"JJOG
– Short for ‘Jump Out Gang’. A collaboration between Harlem Spartans, 67 and 86.KLLurk
– Going round searching for opps to kill.
“Lurking round with the gang”Likkle/Lickle
– Small or young. Often used when talking about people.
“Likkle man sit down, you don’t wanna get skied”MMAC
– MAC-10, a machine pistol often mentioned in drill songs.
“Bro put 20 in the MAC”Mandem
- Group of males, usually referring to your friends but can also refer to opps.
"Free up the mandem"Man-like!
- When you praise someone, usually your bro for doing something that will give him rep.
"A: I just got the new Js and a bird
B: Man like!"Myth
- A lie
"Lol, nah fam, that's a myth"Merk/Murk
- When something/someone is almost if not completely destroyed
"He merked it"
"He got merked"NOOpps
– Opposition. The rivals.
“Splash an opp boy”On my ones
– Going somewhere alone.
“I was on my ones”Ounto
– Arabic for ‘food’, also used as a reference for drugs by gangs in the North.
“I smoke on the Ounto”PPeng
– An attractive person.
“He/she is peng”Pum
– Jamaican slang for ‘vagina’ or ‘pussy’.
“She has a smelly pum pum”QQwengerz
– An ugly girl.RRacks
– Loads of money.Rushed
– Beaten up. Warning shots.
“He came to the wrong block and got rushed”Rambizzy
- Another word for 'Rambo', a knife.
"Big rambizzy by my side"Roadman
- A young adult or man in his 20s who generally has no education and has joined a gang. A real roadman is equipped with weaponry, not afraid to get jailed and is involved with trapping. SSkrr
– Also known as ‘Skrt’ is the sound the wheels of a vehicle makes when it starts to drift. This is used in drill tracks to show that a car is being used.
“Skrr round your block”Spinner
– A revolver.
“My bro got the spinner”Smoke
– Gunfire / to kill someone.
“He got smoked”
“We ain’t leaving till we see smoke”Scoreboard
– The imaginary scoreboard of gang rivalry, who’s leading in territory, trapping etc.…
“67: Scoreboard is looking great”Splash
– To stab someone to the point where he’s flowing in blood.
“Splash man down then leave”Sprayed
– When someone is showered in bullets.Skeng
- A knife
"Skeng in my pocket, can't you see he bulge in my coat?"Sket
- A slutSlag
- A slutShook
"He was shook"Shank
- A knife. Also means stab.
"He's got a shank in his pocket"
"He got shanked"TTum-tum
“Got that loud tum-tum”Ten-toes
“We went ten-toes in the opp block”Trapping
– The exchange of drugs for money.Traphouse
– The building in which drugs are made and packed.T-Side
– The Tottenham region of London. AKA Snoopy’s residence.
“Don’t come to the T, head back”Tops
“She gave that sloppy toppy”Trek
- A long journey
"Walking over there is a trek"UUck/Uckers
- When you greet someone. Jamaican slang again.
"Wagwarn, where're you?"XYYute(s)
– Young people.Yard
- A house
"I have a free yard" (Implies your house is empty and can host friends over)Z
This is still work in progress. Message me if you have something to add.
Tracks where some of these words are used:https://youtu.be/x8bQ92tWjTU?t=20
Big shout out to those who contributed to the dictionary!