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Da 'hood is what you call the ghetto if you happen to live in the ghetto.
The location of the World Headquarters and "Main Pimp House" of the Nationally Elected Gangsta Regulatory Organization. All gangstas present in said headquarters are said to be both "in the House" and "in the 'hood". Da 'hood can also be referred to as "flippity floppity floop".
Da 'hood is usually a place referred to by crack loving English folk. Also, the hood is commonly a place where hookas be goin down on brothas left and right, while receiven crack and mad respect in return. The word seems to come from a time when parents forced their children to wear hoodies so the police (or po' po' in gangsta talk) would not see their faces. When people would travel away from their home they would point down the street and say they lived by those people with da 'hoods. There was no other word needed since most people who referred to the 'hood didn't have cars, and thus couldn't travel far.
edit The Terms of Niggas Livin' Dere
People who live in da 'hood are called homies, because these people often don't sleep in their own homes, instead simply breaking into the nearest house when they were tired. All people who live in da 'hood are homies, unless, of course, they are bitch-ass niggas or "dead". This is the term given to someone in da 'hood that you don't like. They are not usually Bloods and Crips but all of them will claim to be but you cant trust a brotha anyway so is all good. In other words they express their gangsta lifestyle through showcasing their huge houses and expensive lifestyles; this comes down to the child-like act of sticking out your tongue and waving money, lots of it. In fact people who have two or more rooms in their apartment are usually hookers with mad profit, or crack dealers (especially if they have any resemblence to darker people (like africans)).
Homies in da 'hood are easily recognizable by their rims, glocks, and bulletproofs. Anyone in da 'hood who doesn't have these ain't a real homie, and will be shot on sight. In order to get a good head start, one must be initiated into a gang.
edit Niggers, Beaners, and White Trash
Black Americans, Hispanic , and lower class White americans are common residents that reside in the ghetto. Studies show that 68% of those who live in the ghetto are Black Americans, 23% are Hispanic, and 9% are White Americans.
Gangs are groups of homies that are just chillin'. They often create obscure, confusing hand signals to identify themselves. These are called "gang signs". A person "flashing" his or her gang symbols can often be confused with a mentally retarded person. Giving the wrong gang sign to a gang will result in you being curb stomped and/or raped in the mouth, butt, and ears. They are Bloods and Crips, or at least think of themselves not as major queers.
Gangs are an important part of black history. Back in the slavery days, gangs used to beat up the white slave master bitches and rape their wives. Because of gangs, America is a free country that continually has to raise awareness of gang related problems, such as rape and selling crack.
The media has also become a very powerful tool in creating a misconception that all homies, now turned rap stars, are still living in what can only be explained as below-rich or sub-rich lifestyles. This is untrue; they gather their flock in expensive cars, (any car that costs a week of unemployment or more) and travel to downtown LA, to get in touch with their childhood. Their childhood consists of things such as music videos that reflect their actual gang-like lifestyle. In reality, most of these "G's" wear pants that sink past their balls, and they wear a belt (to no avail). They also wear giant shoes that could make sandals cry. The shoes being referred to are obviously "jehova's". Most of these "G's" flash their cash (paper written on with green generic brand Crayola) but in reality they pay rent for a cardboard box.
Rap artists such as 50 Cent and his protege Cashis, to name but a few, have used their music videos to showcase to the world how life in da 'hood has had an impact on their lives, past and present. Living in constant fear of death, sex, drugs, and money.
Roaming down the streets with a Mercedes Benz, or a Bentley, while holding onto their bling-bling and gold teeth, has proven to the world that as a rapper, you really do struggle to make a living. Their houses in Malibu are the physical manifestations of the "bastard-child" treatment and publicity they have received. In other words, they express their gangsta lifestyle through showcasing their huge houses and expensive lifestyles; this comes down to the child-like act of sticking out your tongue and waving money, lots of it. Rumor has it that the Rednex, after tumbling down from being 10th to 1st on the CIA's 10 Most Wanted List, have also decided to re-tell their origin story via the media. This includes showing the hard-life in hard-core gangland Beverily Hills, and then moving down south to in-breed country.