What Does Hood Mean In Rap? (EXPLAINED)

The term “hood” is one of the most prolific slang in rap, but what does it mean? Let’s define it.

The hood is an urban slang that describes the inner cities or ghettos and the people from those areas or dabbles in the urban culture coming from those regions. It originates from the word “hoodlum.” The hood might be a location:

“Many NBA players came from the hood and worked hard to escape the violence.”

The hood may also refer to the culture and personality itself. Like the example below:

“Zach was so hood that nobody dared to mess around with him.”

One thing is sure: the hood embodies the fierce, hardened, and “gangster” aura.

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