[Ads-l] "Represent" in hip-hop/rapspeak

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 31 08:10:15 UTC 2015

I first encountered this in the very early '90s. "Represent" means
something like, "to effectively represent one's neighborhood, associates,
etc., through a hip-hop performance."

In the present case, however, maybe "representing from" just means "based
in; from."

(Or as everybody under the age of 60 seems to say, "out of.")



On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 11:52 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Unless the thought is "... _representing_, from St. Louis, MO." Given the
> current trivialization of punctuation...
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