Edited by Azizi Powell
This is Part II of a two part series on the African American derived slang meanings & uses of the phrases "killing it" and "killed it".
Part II provides examples of "killing it"/"killed it" and its synonyms that are used in selected YouTube comments about Hip-Hop artist Notorious Big's (Biggie Smalls)' performance on Jamaican Dancehall Reggae artist Supercat's 1993 remix
of his song "Dolly Me Baby".
Part I provides definitions for the American slang phrases "killing it" and "killed it". Synonyms & antonyms are given for these phrases and and I share my speculations about why "killing it" and its synonyms came to be used that way.
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/06/what-killing-it-means-how-it-got-those.html for Part I of this series.
The content of this post is presented for folkloric & cultural purposes.
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Disclaimer- I'm not a linguist. Nevertheless, I'm interested in how words & phrases have different meanings among populations in the same country. I'm also interested in how the meanings of words & phrases may change over a period of time and how clusters of slang terms may have the same or similar meanings.
I welcome comments about the conclusions that I've presented in this post.
SUMMARY OF THE SLANG DEFINITION FOR "KILLING IT" (in the context of this post)
"Killing it"/"killed it" and its synonyms mean "to do something very very well."
NOTORIOUS BIG (BIGGIE SMALLS) -"I LOVE IT WHEN THEY CALL ME BIG POPPA" RAP*
i love it when you call me Big Poppa,
the show stoppa, the rhyme droppa
Supercat pass the glock, UH, I see you shivering
check the flavor Biggie Smalls is delivering
lyrical lyrics that's blowing lyrics out my larynx
chubby competitor, quick to kick a chump in the chest
yes, it's Bad Boy, hard to the core
LAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWD, me can't take it no more!
-transcribed by kimeBaksh, 2012 [from video link found below]
*This rap is not the same as the Biggie Smalls song "Big Poppa".
WARNING: Supercat's "Dolly Me Baby" and Biggie Smalls' "Big Poppa" contain language and references that may not be appropriate for children.
SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THE YOUTUBE VIDEO VIEWER COMMENT THREAD
Supercat - "Dolly Me Baby" remix
These reposted comments refer to Notorious Big [Biggie Smalls]' rap which begins at 3:18 of that video.
None of the comments posted in this post include any profanity.
However, a considerable amount of profanity is found on that YouTube comment thread.
I've refrained from adding any editorial comments about these postings, except for my comment below about "killed them" and
my comment about the difference between "ripped it" and "R.I.P.".
biggie killed it."
"Someone needs to edit Sean 'Dirty Dummy' out of this; Meth should have had a verse on this, he would have KILT it...yeah, KILT with a 'T'....
"Biggie had only 30 seconds of flow but he killed it more than Puff or Super Cat"
"dis song was hot...everyone killed it except pUFF"
"classic joint right here....puff, the other dude and biggie killed it...yes even puff, (i said it)"
"too short for biggie smalls should of had more time
killed it tho"
-Sam Clue, 2012
"Biggie killz it!"
"Biggies verse was short because he said "Lord me can't take it no more" he knew he killed it R.I.P. The Notorious B.I.G. best rapper ever p.s. diddys hat is pretty hot"
-adrian subia, 2012
"They should have just let biggie carry the rap portion on his own and diddy and the other guy shouldn't have said one word. biggie was killng them with his lyrics!!!"
"killing them = "besting his collaborators/competitors" because of the quality of his rap.
"Biggie ripped it"
na biggie ripped his verse lol.
-Walt Poitevien, 2010
"biggie ripped it as usual"
"Big ripped it. There are no growing pains with his style or delivery. Hit the ground spittin' fire until he he was buried back in it."
"BIG RIP IT"
-Tyrone Hill, 2011
["RIP" = Rest In Peace [written in commemoration of someone who is deceaseed]. This is not the same as "ripped it" which means did so well he or she tore the performance up. Read more on "rip it" in Part I of this series.
"biggie smalls murders this beat. the best rapper ever!"
"biggie crushed his verse"
"Puff Daddy was wack on this song and I thought he was garbage back then. Notorious BIG wrecked it once again! RIP to the great one!"
"big assaulted this track"
TWO RELATED SLANG TERMS
"Biggie's tiny verse was raw!"
"BIGGIE, what a BEAST!!!"
Thanks to all of the performers on this record. Special thanks to Notorious Big [Biggie Smalls].
Thanks to all the commenters who are quoted in this post.
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