'Thug Life' and the Effect of Hip-Hop on Language

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"Thug" has long been part of the hip-hop lexicon. The late Tupac Shakur called himself a thug and even had the phrase "thug life" tattooed across this chest. But for others "thug" is a pejorative term describing young, black men who are considered criminals.

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