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Pepper Alley

A kindergartener misunderstands the name of an event at his school, insisting to his mother that he attended a pepper alley, not a pep rally. Let’s hope that’s the case, because pepper alley is actually 19th-century boxing slang for...

Hip-Hop Book of Rhymes (minicast)

Hip-hop is high art. If you don’t understand that, you’re missing out on some of the best poetry being created today. Grant talks about the new book by English professor Adam Bradley called Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop.


DFD-er  n.— «The trip to Rockaway Beach involves riding the A train over a different sort of New York landmark: Jamaica Bay. At the 116th Street stop is a busy area with delis and beach shops and, where 116th Street meets the ocean, an...


gunner  n.— «Timika in Basketball they have what is called a “Gunner” this is a person who shoots the ball every time he gets it even when he should pass.» —“Hip Hop MC NYOIL Responds to Director of the Decency...


 n.— «I put the guap up, get the boy popped.» —“You Can’t Kill Me” by Nas Hip-Hop is Dead Dec. 19, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)