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April 8 2004

Slang of the Week: dukey ropes (also dookey ropes) (noun phrase)
Heavy gold rope-like chains

Sid knew that it would be his lucky night at the club because he was wearing his diamond rings and dukey ropes.

Celebrity quote:
“I remember when we met
You told me I was fresh
You showed me how to dress
Dukey ropes on my neck”
-Boyz II Men, in their song Love

While hip hop is about the music, a lot of hip hop artists are all about the bling bling. These status symbols, primarily fancy cars and jewelry, are big features in many videos, such as 50 Cent’s P.I.M.P. Besides dukey ropes, rappers often appear with plenty of ice (diamonds), sometimes called rocks.

As R. Kelly says in Thoia Thoing, “I’m frozen, thanks to Jacob the Jeweler.” Frozen is a metaphor for wearing lots of ice. But Jacob the Jeweler is an actual person. Jacob Arabo, a New York City jeweler, is so popular with hip hop artists that his nickname appears in songs and he is sometimes called the “king of bling.”

One unusual new fashion trend with musicians is wearing jewelry on the teeth. Gold teeth (called slugs) have been around for a while, but the newer style is to wear fronts, or removable gold tooth covers, sometimes decorated with diamonds.

What’s new at Slang City?
“Ready for action, nip it in the bud, We never relaxin', OutKast is everlastin'…” In Music, we translate The Way You Move, by Outkast. (warning: contains bad words)