Acronyms have been part of hip-hop for decades. Naughty by Nature‘s 1991 hit, “O.P.P.,” is an early example of how hip-hop acronyms can take off. Whether shortening a word, making up a new one or finding a creative way to make an existing word stand for something entirely different, rappers have been flexing their own lexicon since the genre began. The issue that arises in some cases? Sometimes, the newly created words are nonsensical or the added value doesn’t flow right in a sentence. Hip-hop has always been rife with creativity, but when it comes to acronyms, things can sometimes go haywire. Subjective as it may be, some of the worst hip-hop acronyms exist over the years.
There are so many rap crews nowadays that abbreviate their names to three letters. It’s become somewhat of an adventure to find out or guess what each of them mean. Funny enough, some of the most popular groups at the time also have the most ridiculous acronyms. The acronym for the group YBN, formerly consisting of Nahmir, Cordae and Almighty Jay, stands for Young Boss Niggas, which is as generic as it gets. The group was really a gaming crew turned rap collective, and they all collaborated for the first and only project as a unit, YBN: The Mixtape in 2018. The tape went gold, Nahmir and Cordae have both had successful songs in their careers, but Young Boss Niggas is no more.
Atlanta rapper Russ has his own acronym, which is a label called DIEMON. Do It Everyday Music Or Nothing is what it breaks down as. Russ kicked off the name in the early 2010s, and now it’s a full-fledged independent label led by his success. But even with all that, the name is still clunky. However, Russ has had the name long enough and the money is rolling in, so it works for what is is.
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