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August 29, 2009 10:26 PM   Subscribe

"The so-called "Mississippi Madman," connects the energy of crunk with African American spirituality and youthful abandon." But what exactly is crunk? While some might say it is a concoction, folk etymology suggests the modern usage of crunk originated as a portmanteau of the words "crazy" and "drunk" or having been "cranked up" to a level of excitability at which one becomes "crunk". But I think the kids have it on this one.
posted by bunnycup (21 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Were it not for the context and definition, I would have never expected "crunk" to mean something good. Just from onomatopoeia. For some reason, it makes me think of a crushed beer can. Not even good beer. Like Coors Light or something.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:31 PM on August 29, 2009


WHAT?

YAY-YUH!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:38 PM on August 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


that little red-headed white boy is going somewhere.
it might be crunk, it might be prison.

either way i can't wait to find out.
posted by Palerale at 10:43 PM on August 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


I would have never expected "crunk" to mean something good.

Come on, everyone knows "crunk" is the past tense of "crank".
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:03 PM on August 29, 2009


I first heard the word Crunk used bit on Conan O'Brien during his first year in a bit where he wanted to make up his own swear word. The guest that night was Ice-T, and Conan joked that if he could get Ice T to use the word, then it would get street cred. I didn't start hearing the word in hip hop until after that. Wikipedia can say what it wants. I'm giving full credit to Conan.
posted by billyfleetwood at 11:06 PM on August 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


there'll be phantoms
there'll be fires on the road
and the white man dancing ...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:11 PM on August 29, 2009


I first heard the word Crunk used bit on Conan O'Brien during his first year in a bit where he wanted to make up his own swear word. The guest that night was Ice-T, and Conan joked that if he could get Ice T to use the word, then it would get street cred. I didn't start hearing the word in hip hop until after that.

Yeah, but there was a huge gap.
posted by delmoi at 11:14 PM on August 29, 2009


Fun post. Totally love the little red haired rascal dancing in your "Youthful Abandon" link. My favorite YouTube comment: "Ginger.... this Friday, after preschool... me and you... at the club. Boom Boom Baby."

From the comments his name seems to be Henry and he's already been on the Tyra Banks show 3 months ago.

We go to the clubs to find the crunk. It's like a ball of fire in your spirit
posted by nickyskye at 11:19 PM on August 29, 2009


"We go to the clubs to find the crunk. It's like a ball of fire in your spirit"
posted by nickyskye at 2:19 AM on August 30

That's a lot different than the conk, then, 'cause that was like a ball of fire on your head...
posted by paulsc at 11:28 PM on August 29, 2009


Rudy Rucker has used the word 'crunk', but it might be a separate creation.
posted by hattifattener at 11:33 PM on August 29, 2009


Yeah, but that's not exactly fair. I think Rudy Rucker has made up every word you can make up.
posted by brundlefly at 12:03 AM on August 30, 2009


that little red-headed white boy is going somewhere. it might be crunk, it might be prison.

If those parents don't turn off the BET real soon, he's gonna be pimping out his sister faster than you can say R. Kelly.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:08 AM on August 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yeah, but there was a huge gap.

These things take time, you know.
posted by Evilspork at 12:52 AM on August 30, 2009


Yeah, but there was a huge gap.

Conan started in '93 and Outkast uses the word on their first album, which came out in '94, so the timeline kinda works.
posted by billyfleetwood at 1:04 AM on August 30, 2009


that little red-headed white boy is going somewhere

Time to call Lankester Merrin.
posted by netbros at 1:42 AM on August 30, 2009


this has changed forever the direction my life will take.
posted by Postroad at 3:06 AM on August 30, 2009


that will look good o their resume. but i guess you don't need a resume for workin at popeye's.
posted by billybobtoo at 3:52 AM on August 30, 2009


Crunk always reminds me of butoh. I don't want to watch, but I can't look away.
posted by winna at 8:57 AM on August 30, 2009


Back in Junior High the fall dance was called the Crunkin' Pumpkin. That pretty much encapsulates the administrations attempts to "relate" or whatever.

None of us had any clue what it meant though.
posted by internet!Hannah at 9:54 AM on August 30, 2009


PeterMcDermott: If those parents don't turn off the BET real soon, he's gonna be pimping out his sister

O_O
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:03 PM on August 30, 2009


I'm thinking you mustn't be watching many hiphop videos, Baby_Balrog?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:06 AM on August 31, 2009


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