What Does L Mean In Rap? (EXPLAINED)

You might have heard your favorite rappers, basketball players, reporters, and celebs use the “L,” but what do they really mean? To learn what this popular slang, which many people use, means, read more below. 

While its origins are hard to pinpoint, it is most likely that L became slang within urban groups. It means “lost,” “lose,” or “loss” depending on the context.  You will notice that they simply took the first letter, which is pretty standard in urban slang.

To know how to use it, follow our examples:

“The Lakers took an L when Lebron missed the buzzer-beater.”


“I just received some bad news. Our star player got L, so he will be late.”

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