Saturday, April 9, 2016

Pumped Up Kicks - "Sick" & "Beast" And Other Slang Complimentary Terms In Comments About Marquese (Nonstop) Scott's Dubstepping

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on "Dubstepping". "Dubstepping" is popping (dancing) to Dubstep music.

Part II showcases two videos of Marquese Scott's "Pumped Up Kicks" dubstepping performances and focuses on the use of a number of English slang terms that are used to compliment Marquese Scott (Nonstop)'s dubstepping.

Definitions for these slang terms and a few other vernacular terms are included in this post.

Click for Part I of this series. Part I provides information about dubstepping and focuses on master dubstepper Nonstop (Marquese Scott). Biographical information about Marquese Scott is included in this post along with the same two videos of Marquese Scott's "Pumped Up Kicks" dubstepping performances. Selected comments about Nonstop's dubstepping from these videos' discussion threads are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Marquese Scott for his dancing talent and skills. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.


WHZGUD2, Uploaded on Sep 23, 2011
As of April 9, 2016 at 12:40 PM this video had 123,734,128 views and 214,937 comments.

Video #2: Marquese NONSTOP Scott on the Ellen Show

PoppingBattlez, Uploaded on Oct 5, 2011

My Homie!!! Dragon House: Nonstop on the Ellen Show

check out his youtube channels: WHZGUD and WHZGUD2

Note: I believe that most (if not all) of the slang terms highlighted below came from African American (Hip Hop) Vernacular English. That said, I'm open to alternative theories about the origins of these terms, and the meanings of these terms.

"1. When referring to a person, beast status is achieved when the aforementioned person is so good at a certain skill that they have exceeded human comprehension, thus making them non-human.

2. When referring to a place, beast status is achieved when the aforementioned place is superior to other places that are somewhat similar to it (usually based upon the vote of the majority or common fact).

3. When referring to a thing, beast status is achieved when the aforementioned thing is superior to anything else (usually a matter of opinion).
1. "Did you see how many medals Michael Phelps got? He's such a beast."
I think the slang meaning of "beast" comes from or is closely related to the slang meanings of the words "killed it" ("killin it"), "murdered", and "slayed". All of these words (including the word "owned") mean to do something extremely well. A beast has superhuman power and is able to demolish anything (anyone) who dares to challenge it (him or her).

excellent, awesome, very impressive, "tight"
This article on "Inverted meanings: sick, bad, and wicked" indicates that
"A common trick of slang is to invert meanings, so that seemingly negative words are used as terms of approval. Bad and wicked are two established examples, although it may surprise you to see just how far back their positive uses go.

The OED records ‘bad’ and ‘wicked’ used in a positive sense as long ago as 1897 and 1920 respectively:
"Sick is a more recent arrival, first seen as a US synonym for ‘excellent’ or ‘very impressive’ in 1983...
it was a sick party and there were tons of cool people there.
*OED" = Oxford English Dictionary

The slang use of the word "ill" has the same meaning as the word "sick" although no comments with that term are included in the featured comments.* That might suggest that the slang usage of the word "ill" has been retired among African Americans. It also suggests that unlike the slang meaning of "sick", the slang term "ill" hasn't been picked up by non-African Americans..
*However, the word "ill" is part of the user name illskills1988" (#7 of the comments compiled in this post from the discussion thread for Video #2.)

1. "cool" (awesome)

2. the person who is in charge, the person who does something extremely well; A person who is in total command of what he or she does, a person who rules over his or her competition, a person who "owns" what he or she does (performs). Someone described as being the boss is also "cool" and "awesome".

This second meaning may have come from or been popularized by the nickname for Rock star Bruce Sprinsteen.
Andy Flattery, Written Jun 9, 2011
"The E Street band dubbed Bruce "The Boss" in the early 1970's. Even then, he had a commanding presence as a frontman, was a workaholic and always demanded perfection. I believe Bruce disliked the name at first but came to embrace it."


1. adj. cool, nice, awesome, "sick", "tight"
2. noun a drug
1. Yo foo that new stereo system is dope!
2. Yo man you got some dope?

by AceyD June 01, 2004
The first definition is the one that are used in the discussion threads for the videos that are embedded in this post.

Here's another definition from that same page:
"A word that describes something that is extremely cool, such as music, clothes, people, etc.
Ain't nobody dope as me, I'm dressed so fresh so clean...Outkast
by **DrEaMaKeR** May 10, 2005

bro = a clip of the word "brother"
"bro a friendly way of addressing a man or boy... from "soul brother""
"Soul brother" and "brother man" were earlier forms of he word "bro". "Bro" ("brother") is particularly a referent for Black males. "Sis" ("sister") is the comparable referent for Black females, i.e. "soul sister".

I believe that "brother", "brother man" etc. were reactions to the use of "boy" as a referent for Black men in mainstream American society and in other Western societies. Referring to a male, regardless of race/ethnicity, as "bro" is an extension of that earlier application.

"Bro" is also given as "bru" in a number of comments in the discussion threads for the videos that are embedded in this post.

Read the related slang definition for "fam" below.

fam = clip of the word "family"

"Fam" is a referent for people someone feels a familiar connection to
This connection transcends blood ties, and may be because of race, ethnicity, or some other shared relationship (such as being from the same city or state, or perhaps even sharing similar music tastes).
This online Redditt discussion suggests that the word "fam" came from the United Kingdom, and from Black Britons in particular. Here's a definition of "fam" from that blog:
UniversusMusic, 2014
"Fam is short for family, it is way less formal and doesn't really refer to your immediate family, so far as it refers to your bros, good friends, etc."

yo = Hey!
In the context of the comments that are found in those featured dubstep videos, "yo" is an interjection that calls people's (or a person's) attention to a statement or question that is being made.
In African American Vernacular English "yo" sometimes means "your". An example of that meaning is a comment about Kirk Franklin & God's Property's 1997 urban contemporary Gospel song "Stomp" - "You can't help but get yo praise on with this song."

"(slang, pejorative) One who expresses unfounded or inappropriate hatred or dislike, particularly if motivated by envy."

The statement "Haters gonna hate" means that the person isn't phased by (bothered by) the criticism/hatred that he or she is experiencing. Instead, he or she brushes of that hatred.

These comments are presented in chronological order with the oldest comments by year given first*. However the comments aren't necessarily in chronological order. I've assigned numbers to these comments for referencing purposes only. These comments are given without any additional information/explanation.

*These compilations are only a small sample of the comments in those discussion thread, in part because my computer stopped loading comments after a certain number of reloads.

Additional vernacular terms may be found in that discussion thread that aren't included in this compilation.

Selected Comments From Video #1 PUMPED UP KICKS|DUBSTEP
1. Runty games
"Wat a beast"

2. Charles Clancy
"move at 4:13 is sick!!!!!!"

3. vincent
"if u have a brain,u would agree that this is one of the sickest things u have ever seen!!!! i started laughing when u got started,not couse its funny,but becouse i was blown away by how insanely dope this guy is!! mannnn keep it up... i would say somthing spiritual... thats how sick!!!"

4. Kevin Marte
"Why hate this video haters ? this is cool"

5. Sohieb Zagallai
"this is sooo sick its crazy!!!!"

6. Jaydyn Raymond
"He dances like a boss!!!! :)"

7. Shawn Smith
"This dude KILLS the dancing. Sick nasty!!!!"

8. Brandie Schmitz
"Epic skills bruh"

9. staticlip1

10. Flauger Rabbit
"Silly SickNezz"

11. Mark Fledger
"What's the guy's name in the video? He got sick moves!"

12. Yadriel Ramos
"Keep it up bro"

13. TJ H
"Whoever dislikes this is a straight hater, lol"

13. gnacio llave pino
"oh yes bro, I'm spanish (sorry for my english) I see this vídeo thousands and thousands of times, is my favourite, the control of your body with the tempo is awesome, visit Andalucia please!!!!!"

14. Dwayne Hernandez
"this vid is so freaking cool"

15. Chason Mass
"now thats what i would call KILLING IT pretty damn cool"

16. hdhelios12
"fam i remembered when this first dropped"

17. nwez2
"dope ass video, the best remix to this song too"

18. Harry Smith
"this guy is crazy!!! all his vids are a beast"

19. Prashant Gosavi (king)
"Simply awsm bro hats off"

20. Mia Jauron
"You are so cool"

21. Osman Jinez
"man bro u awesome"

22. Shawn Beatty
"u cool brooooo whzgud2 I found u in 2015"

23. Jasmine O'Hanlon

24. Noah Brooks
"bro is so good at this"

25. MrJordan71017
"One of the sickest things I've ever seen and DEFINITELY the sickest dance moves I've ever seen for sure. I wish I could give this a billion likes."

26. Kapara Emery

"Unreal, cool."

28. IndecisiveGamer
"2x speed the dancing looks so cool"

29. Jordan Nieves1 month ago
"I think u and tight eyez should a krump video together but u can use your own style it would be dope"

30. Monica Dominguez
"wow.........WOW best dance ive seen sofar congrats bro...."

31. Soraya Ogaldez
"this is boss"

32. Caesare Bosch
"yo he looks like he in the matrix"

Selected Comments From Video #2: Marquese NONSTOP Scott on the Ellen Show
1. Skep Tical

2. tylermdrums
"Like a boss"

3. Ben Miner
"dude killed it"

4. garethchay577
"Omg hardcore dope"

5. marina mejia
"inspires me he is a beast"


7. illskills1988
"This dude is sick, i wonder how would he do in a battle against Larry from Les Twins?? That would be sick!"

8. KKhun1
The man is a beast"

9. shoop dizzel
"look at the 38 people who tried to pop and failed so bad that they don't like the video and can't belive how amazing he is at it. Haters need to go back to hatesville"

10. d3j4v00
"Sick leg popping. Props to Davis Elsewhere for opening up this arena of dance to the masses."

11. GangsterGuyMoe

"So dope!"

This concludes Part II of this series.

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