Definition of represent
- From inner-city urban Black culture. "You betta represent." or "You gotta represent" means that one should be publicly candid about one's social stratum or geographical milieu of origin, however humble. It means one should acknowledge, and be an exemplar of, one's roots, not guilefully trying to dissemble this (even though one's personal fortunes have since improved).
You from the Oaktown hood? You betta represent!
- A cheer of encouragement.
- To take pride in one's group or neighborhood without shame. Used by Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz in "Throw It Up."
Represent your cliche!
- An exclamation to acknowledge that one has well-represented something for which he stands.
From one Ohio State fan to another who is wearing a nice Buckeyes sweatshirt and has his arm around a cute blonde, "Go Bucks. Represent!
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