Fresh Fly Flavor

Fresh Fly Flavor coverFresh Fly Flavor: words & phrases of the hip-hop generation
Fab 5 Freddy

Submitter: I found this book yesterday in our reference section and can’t stop laughing about it! It’s from the early 90s and it’s a guide to hip hop slang! It was written by Fab Five Freddy, who used to be on “MTV Raps”!

Holly: Oh yeah,  I remember him!  This is just another outdated item that teenagers will have a laugh about.  Easy weeder.

Be Biv Devoe

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  1. It took me a few minutes to realize that those big blurry patches were supposed to be F’s. I was wondering how I grew up in the 90’s and never heard anyone say “lippin'” or “lunky”.

  2. And you folks make fun of 70s fashions. Look at that hat. You have to admit that’s way worse than anything from the 70s.

  3. I missed the F’s on the page at a first, quick glance, and so I was wondering where had all this 90s slang came from that I had never heard about: lipped, lippin’, lunky, ly… I was starting to think that I had missed something vital in my early teen years. When I looked at the definition it was pretty obvious.

    But, you know, I might have to try and make “lunky” a word. Sounds useful.

  4. I think the book should stay as evidence of the era it represents.
    See also: The House Party movie franchise

  5. That group of ‘fly’ ladies look like they just stepped out of Studio 54 in its heyday. Interestingly enough, that word ‘ly’ reminded me of that old segment from the Electric Company where they added ‘ly’ to words.

  6. Maybe the book could be recycled into the foreign language section? And thanks to this book I now have the song “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” running through my head. Arrrrrgh!!!

  7. I think i am pretty fly for a white girl. LOL! I listened throughout the 90s. Most of the late 80s/early 90s Fresh Prince fly vibe sort of started to go out the window the time this book probably reached the shelves. As the 90s progressed rap got more hardcore in terms of image and flashier by the end of the decade.

  8. I beg your pardon, Submitter, but the program was called “Yo! MTV Raps.” Fab Five Freddy was passe by the time this book was written. He was name-checked in a Blondie song years previously.

  9. I’ve been rewatching In Living Color recently — surprised that they didn’t mention the Fly Girls under the fly entry. Their outfits are just as hilarious as the fly girls in that photo. Spandex and combat boots.

  10. 20 years! I swear this was only yesterday. I wonder if there is even one fly thing left in my closet. Hmmm….

  11. LOL at “lunky”. “Get out of here, you worthless lunky you!”

    I say refile (is that the word?) in history or something – might be a useful reference book when watching films from the 90s. 😛

  12. The hats! I’d forgotten about all the floppy hats from that time. I’m disappointed though that none of them are wearing over-alls with only one strap hooked. Classic! I was only an 11-year-old white kid in 1992, but I could probably still recite all the words to the theme song for Fresh Prince.

  13. If you put this in a book sale I guarantee that someone will by it, and then have hours of fun laughing about it with their friends.

    (…I kind of want it myself.)

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