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You best believe I’m the illest!

You best believe I'm the illest! My name is Steve. You best believe I'm the illest English teacher that you've ever seen! I'm going to break down (explain) my lyrics very quickly. We can use "You had better" in order to give very direct advice or warnings. For example, "You had better shut up. You'd better leave me alone!" In informal slang, especially in hip-hop songs, people sometimes say "You best" to give direct advice and warnings. Subject + best + base verb. You best believe I am the … [Read More]

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Oh snap! It’s hella cold outside!

Hip Hop Slang Oh snap! It's hella cold outside! If you are very shocked or surprised by something, you can say "Oh snap!" If something is very cold or really cold, you can say hella. "It's hella cold!" Oh my god! It's so cold in Korea right now. I'm hella angry because I'm hella … [Read More]

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Getting Into Trouble with Afroman

The hip-hop genre has many talented artists who discuss important social issues, such as poverty, racism, and violence... Afroman is not one of those artists! He is known as a "one-hit wonder" because he became famous for only one song that he wrote in 2000. "Because I Got … [Read More]

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2Pac Fridays: Vocabulary in “Dear Mama”

"Dear Mama" was written by 2Pac as a dedication to his mother, Afeni Shakur. The song is considered by critics, fans, and purists as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all-time, and one of 2Pac's best songs in particular, being ranked number four … [Read More]

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Learn Grammar with Common

"I Used to Love H.E.R." is a hip hop song by the Chicago-born rapper Common. Released on the 1994 album Resurrection, "I Used to Love H.E.R." has since become one of Common's best known songs. The song speaks on the direction that hip hop music was … [Read More]

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Learn English Grammar: Possessive Pronouns with Nas

"The World Is Yours" is the third single from Nas's debut album Illmatic, released a month after the album. It is considered by some music critics one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded. The song was produced by Pete Rock—who also sings the … [Read More]