Acronyms have been a part of hip-hop for decades. Naughty by Nature’s 1991 hit, “OPP,” was an early example of how hip-hop acronyms could evolve. Whether shortening a word, creating a new word, or finding creative ways to turn an existing word into something completely different, rappers have been flexing their own vocabulary since the genre began. Problems arise in some cases? Sometimes new words are created that make no sense or add value that doesn’t flow right into a sentence. Hip-hop is always full of creativity, but when it comes to acronyms, sometimes things can go awry. Subjectively, some of the worst hip-hop acronyms have come into existence over the years.
There are a lot of rap groups these days that abbreviate their names to three letters. It becomes an adventure to find out or guess what each thing means. Ironically, some of the most popular music groups at the time also had the most ridiculous acronyms. The group’s acronym YBN, which previously included Nahmir, Cordae and Almighty Jay, stands for Young Boss Niggas, which is just as generic. The group is actually a collective rap-turned gaming group, and they all teamed up for their first and only project as a group, YBN: Mixtape in 2018. The tape hit gold, Nahmir and Cordae both had successful songs in their careers, but Young Boss Niggas is no more.
Atlanta rapper Russ has his own initials, which is the label DIEMON. Do It Everyday Music or Nothing is what it break as. Russ made his name in the early 2010s, and it’s now a full-fledged independent label driven by his success. But even with all that, the name is still very confusing. However, Russ has been around long enough and the money is pouring in, so it works with the real thing.
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