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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

[Some Population or Someone is] "In The House" Vernacular Phrase (Meaning, Chronology Of Record And TV Titles, & A Few World Wide Examples From YouTube Discussion Threads)

Edited by Azizi Powell

Latest revision: May 17,2019 10:29 PM

This pancocojams post provides a definition of the vernacular phrase "in the house" and provides a chronological list of records and television series that have that saying as their title.

This post also documents some examples of "in the house" from a few discussion threads of YouTube music videos.

The content of this post is presented for cultural and linguistic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those are quoted in this post.

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ORIGIN AND MEANING OF THE VERNACULAR PHRASE "IN THE HOUSE"
There are two meanings for the African American Vernacular phrase "in the house":
1."in the house" is a phrase that is used to boastfully announce a person's arrival (or a group of people's arrival) on a scene- whether that "scene" is at a (night) club, at a party, in the recording music industry, or anywhere the real "hip" action is

This appears to be the earliest use for the vernacular meaning of "in the house" (1987- Heavy D & The Boyz - "The Overweight Lovers In The House" [Hip Hop record] and 1989 - THE BEATMASTERS with MERLIN. "Who's in the House" (House record).

For example, in his first record "The Overweight Lovers In The House" (1987) Heavy D used this meaning to introduce himself to potential Hip Hop music fans:

Excerpt:
"See the way that I am, is the Big Loverman
Check out the rhyme and in due time you'll be a Hev D fan
I'm swift you know, an Overweight Romeo
Come get a piece of the beast, because it's good to go
Emcee Heavy D all ladies I'm hookin'
Big extra love but STILL good lookin'
For you and I to swing on our romance free
All you gotta do is lean on me, because

[Chorus]
The Overweight Lover's in the House
The Overweight Lover's in the House"
https://genius.com/Heavy-d-and-the-boyz-the-overweight-lovers-in-the-house-lyrics
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Given the date of that Heavy D record and the dates of other early Hip Hop records (listed below), this "boastfully announcing your arrival on the scene", is probably the earliest way that "in the house" was used. However, the second meaning that's given below appears to be the way "in the house" is most often used in the 2000s, at least online.

2. "___ [is] in the house" ("in the building") is an African American originated phrase that is a "hip" way of responding to the question "Who's here from ____?" or responding to a command for people to "rep" ("represent"; "stand up for") where they are from or what group they are affiliated with.

The standard English meanings for the vernacular phrase "in the house" are the roll call responses “Here” or “Present”.

Question: “ Who’s here from Pittsburgh?" ["Where my Pittsburgh people at? / “Pittsburgh, stand up!"]
Response: "I’m Here". ["Pittsburgh’s in the house!"]

Command: "Call out for Jersey"."
Response: "A.C.'s in the house! [Atlantic City's in the house.]

I believe that the second way that "in the house" is used is the one that is most often found in discussion threads for certain YouTube music videos.
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It should also be noted that the phrase "in the house" doesn't have anything to do with the House music genre, but a person using that saying in a House music discussion thread could also be alluding to that music.
Example: Chicago in da "house".

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CHRONOLOGY OF RECORDS/TAPES/CDs TITLES AND TELEVISION SERIES WITH THE PHRASE "IN THE HOUSE" IN THEIR TITLES

1987- Heavy D & The Boyz - "The Overweight Lovers In The House" [Hip Hop record]

1989 - THE BEATMASTERS with MERLIN. "Who's in the House" (House record)

1990 - 1994 Various artists CDs- Various ‎– Energy – "DJ's In The House" [United Kingdom mix House tracks]

1995 -1999 -“In the House” [American television sitcom series with a Black cast]

1997- Brothers of Soul - "DJ In The House" [House record]
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Also, 2008 "Swagga Like Us" [Hip Hop record includes the line “Mr. West is in the buildin'" rapped by Kanye West]

Please add to this chronological list. Thanks!

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EXAMPLES OF 'IN THE HOSUE" FROM A FEW YOUTUBE MUSIC DISCUSSION THREADS
These examples are given in no particular order. Numbers are added for referencing purposes only.

Some comments without "in the house" are included to show how that phrase is used as a statement or in response to a question or a command.

I. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_XkTKoDI18
"Yemi Alade - Johnny (Official Music Video)"
1. Ordonace, 2018
"HAITIAN IN THE HOUSE???!!!!"

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2. Professor Rosenstock, 2019
"Jamaican here"

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3. Michelle Sithole, 2019
"Haita!"

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II. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFGhQSiGHWM "Jungle Brothers "I'll House You" [clean version, 1988]"
1. manyamurani, 2010
"this tune was big in zim,bretts nite club with dj tommy dutch in da house"
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“Zim” = “Zimbabwe, South Africa”

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2. Sherry Lewis-da Ponte, 2011
"UMASS in the house!!!!!"

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3. Sergeant333, 2014
"Hell Yes!!!

Much Respect...Los Angeles In Da "House"!!!"

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4. OneShark4254, 2015
"quien mas vino por quien era jingle brothrs??๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚"

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5. Jose Polanco, 2015
"+fabian canto native tongues in the houseee"

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6. Kelly Upshaw, 2018
"Jersey in da house!"

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III. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcckztwxdTY
"Flavour - Chimamanda [Official Video]"
1. shanitah kim wisdom kadeeya, 2017
"Ugandans here we are mr. Flavour #chimamanda in da bulding , bigup mr flavor"

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IV. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VrWaED18_g
"STARBOY - SOCO ft. TERRI X SPOTLESS X CEEZA MILLI X WIZKID (OFFICIAL VIDEO)"
1. Wiara, 2018
"kenyans leave a like if you're in the building"

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2. Leon Ndekei, 2018
"Wiara Ndani Ndani Ndaaani!!"

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3. Ciku Jay, 2018
"Ndani ndani ndani.... Socco!!!!"
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Google translate from Swahili to English: “ndani” = inside [In the context of this response “inside” probably means the same thing as the African American Vernacular Slang phrase “We’re in the house”; i.e. We’re here”]

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4. Fatima Andrade, 2018
"Portugal in the house ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น"

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5. Chance Kendre, 2019
"Kenya in the building follow me @sashadreamz"

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6. TGRGMNG, 2018
"Black American in the house."

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7. Rhonda Humphrey, 2019
"Long Beach California in the house!!! BIG UP❤"

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V. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4KNVT2w0mU
"Fally Ipupa - Eloko Oyo (Clip officiel)"
1. Native Son Ascending, 2018
"Africa Unite! Greetings and love from Panamรก, however I'm a child of Mamรก Africa. They took us from our home, but could never and will never take our African spirit."

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2. Naeem Rashidi, 2018
"Amen brother I feel you same deal from Oakland Ca, cant get enough African culture."

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3. Nzisa Mutua, 2019
"@Naeem Rashidi bay in the house"

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VI. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ln__MWpKA&t=100s Pr Prospa Ochimana - Ekwueme feat. Osinachi Nwachukwu (Live Ministration)
1. olyver omondi, 2018
"any KENYAN in the house.....i do love this song may God's blessings reign upon all of you"

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2. John Amanya, 2018
"Oliver am here, I'm in Kenya, Vihiga County. This Song blesses me so much!"ospa Ochimana - Ekwueme feat. Osinachi Nwachukwu (Live Ministration]

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3. Naylee Njeru, 2018
"oh....am here too๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™"

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4. Lilian Dada, 2018
"Am here oooh"

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5. Rosemary Muturi, 2018
"Kenyan in the house ๐Ÿ™‹‍♀️
This Worship song is beautiful and Powerful ... May God bless all who hear it as well as those leading it .. Baraka ๐Ÿ™"

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6. Nelly sharper, 2018
"Tuko ndaani"

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7. lucy nyaguthii,2018
"Tuko ndani"
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Google translate from Swahili to English
"Tuko ndani" = We’re in."

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VII. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie6VBxk7Ofg "Hands On Ya Hips - Dj Jayhood & Dj Joker"
1. william patterson, 2011
"this video is fire. Nice beats (Jerseyheads stand up!!)"

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2. OD Photography, 2011
"JERSEY IN THE BUILDIN. . . DIS REMINDS ME YO ANT - WE NEED TO DO THAT ANT WOBBLE !!!! @ODGUYRBREW"

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VIII https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_fdOPvmBrI "Follow Me - Aly us"
1.IAMWAVEY KAHUNA, 2015
"Jersey in the building"

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2. 2kool4ThiS-_-, 2015
"ayeeeeee!!! jersey in the house!!"

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3. Sasha Thomas, 2018
"JERSEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤!!!
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This 1992 now classic House music song was composed and performed by Aly-Us, a trio from northern New Jersey.

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4. Bey Bey, 2016
"Newark New Jersey in the house yassss"

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5. Coutanyer Lawhorne, 2017
"Bey Bey Yes indeed!!!!!๐Ÿ‘ Plainfield, NJ not to far from Newark"

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6. hunny drip, 2019
"Camden here!"
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Newark, Hoboken, and Camden are all cities in the state of New Jersey (USA).

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7. Arlasa Davis, 2016
"CLUB ZANZIBAR is where I first heard this song.....MEMORIES"

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8. Regina Cofield, 2018
"Yep me to NYC in the house"

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IX. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbFNHhO-t8Q "THE BEATMASTERS with MERLIN. "Who's in the House" (the hip house anthem).1989. vinyl 12"
1. Nahuel Imaรฑa Marquez, 2017
"2017 and yep! .. i'm still In the house !"

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2. alanhenery, 2018
"We’re in the house ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ"

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X. From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YqecbxSr4A
Afro B - Drogba (Joanna) Prod by Team Salut [Official Music Video] (London UK artist)
1. George Chima, 2019
"If this song don't wanna make u dance u ve got no soul I swear....Nigeria in the house"

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2. Blaise Bah, 2019
"Ivory Coast in the house ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ"

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3. G G. 2019
"Venezuela in the house ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช ✌๐Ÿฝ ❤️"

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4. Google User, 2019
"Worcester MA in da building๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ"

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5. Dave jones, 2019
"Here in Los Angeles we banging this one out much love and ✌ Latino in da ๐Ÿ "

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6. Gloria Hernandez, 2019
"I’m in love with this song ๐Ÿคค (El Salvador ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป in the house) ☀️☀️☀️☀️๐Ÿ˜›"

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3 comments:

  1. The earliest example of the phrase "in the house" in this compilation is from 2010 and its use is documented through 2019.

    These examples are from my informal review of some of the YouTube music video discussion threads that I have been reading at this time.

    It's likely that there might be examples of "in the house" in earlier American Hip Hop/R&B and early House YouTube music discussion threads but I didn't review any of those music threads. My focus for the last few weeks has been on (mostly Nigerian) Afrobeats music videos and some (American) House music videos.

    It should be noted that the vernacular phrase "in the house" isn't used that often in the discussion threads that I reviewed.

    The African American Vernacular English terms "lit", "fire", "sick", "rep" ("represent") and the Jamaican Patois term "Big Up" are found a lot more often than "in the house" in the discussion threads that I reviewed for this compilation and in many other YouTube music discussion threads that I have read.

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    1. I should also note that I think that "in the house" was (is) was) mostly relegated to written communication (as a hip way of saying "Present" or "Here".)
      Example:
      Command"All those from Jersey, stand up".
      Responses: "Newark in the house"
      Camden in the house"...

      Also, I don't think "in the house" was (is) used that often in outside of the internet.

      The reason why I started the current (April/May 2019) pancocojams series on [mostly American] House music was that I was surprised and interested to find examples of the African American Vernacular English phrase "in the house" in discussion threads for Nigerian Afrobeats music. I think this adoption of "in the house" (which is sometimes given in those African discussion threads as "in the building"*) is just one more example of people outside of the United States picking up African American "slang" because it conveys hipness (being cool / being up to date with the latest Black "street" cultures).

      *"In the building" is a later form of "in the house". That line appears to have been used (and is now used) even less often in the USA than "in the house".

      One example of the use of "in the building" is a line that Kanye West rapped in the 2008 Hip Hip record "Swagga Like Us".

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  2. Here's a comment that I just happened upon from the discussion thread for a South African song that apparently is (or was) very popular in Kenya:
    Kevin Wabungo, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDTf6CCABsE
    Oskido's Candy "Tsa Mandebele kids"

    "Can our South African's in the house give us a translation please..."
    -snip-
    Used this way "in the house" means "here"/in this discussion thread.

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