I want some lines then? Do early grinding,
missing out on
clientele, that’s a hell no.
characterized by directness in manner or speech
But I’m enough to them, so
frankly, they’re enough to me.
preoccupied with unimportant matters in a spiteful way
petty is strong in that one.
an unpleasant or difficult situation
“I’m not bothered,” he says. “She’s insecure about her
predicament and picks on me to make herself feel better.”
boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
You’re a classic case of oppositional
“You tend to be argumentative, defiant, you speak
impulsively, you get irritable easily—”
“You tend to be argumentative, defiant, you speak impulsively, you get
unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
His voice is as deep as Granddaddy’s, a bit
raspy at times, and as hard as the stuff he raps about.
be agitated or irritated
Cops can draw, break the law, ’cause you
comfort offered to one who is disappointed or miserable
In my hood going hard in my honor.
a line of metrical text
She was supposed to tell me if a line was off or hype me up when a
verse was good.
marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction
“That’s my girl,” Grandma says all
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
The second row is for folks who wanna show off but wanna act like they’re
subtler about it.
an association of people who share beliefs or activities
After service is over, everyone files into the church basement for “
pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church
None of them smile, like they’re judging us for not
a pie made of fruit with rich biscuit dough on top
She’ll tell Sister Grant to give me the corner edge of the peach
irritate or vex
irked me, too.
a hypothesis that is taken for granted
“Seriously, Bri, I don’t. It’s messed up. I’m sick of them making
assumptions about us.”
a name that has been assumed temporarily
Sonny does graffiti around the Garden and posts it on Instagram under the
having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
“Two people born in the social media generation who, despite being labeled as shallow and
vain, are actually super self-conscious and would rather hide behind avatars than reveal themselves.”
excessively aware of your appearance or behavior
“Two people born in the social media generation who, despite being labeled as shallow and vain, are actually super
self-conscious and would rather hide behind avatars than reveal themselves.”
a new personification of a familiar idea or person
“Two people born in the social media generation who, despite being labeled as shallow and vain, are actually super self-conscious and would rather hide behind
avatars than reveal themselves.”
something said in a restrained way for ironic contrast
“It’s all right,” I say.
Understatement,” says Sonny. “It’s way better than that ‘Swagerific’ garbage Milez has.”
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
The walls are
dingy and tan, and all the booths have tears in the leather.
cause physical pain or suffering in
We treat it the same way old ladies at Christ Temple treat their seats—if somebody ever beat us to our booth, we’d give them a stank-eye powerful enough to
smite them on the spot.
an organization of people involved in a pact or treaty
“We’ve formed an unofficial black and Latinx student
coalition,” says Malik.
reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
“I will absolutely not go down there,” Jay says. “I refuse to let those folks in that office
demean me because I have the audacity to ask for help.”
aggressive or outright boldness
“I will absolutely not go down there,” Jay says. “I refuse to let those folks in that office demean me because I have the
audacity to ask for help.”
the food served and eaten at one time
My grandparents played “Billie Jean” at family gatherings, and I put on a show. Cookouts, Sunday dinners, funeral
repasts, didn’t matter.
“You didn’t win! I