What’s Beef

‘Beef’ was a term that was popularised through hip-hop. It denoted a fracas, something far greater than a verbal dispute. In the nineties, when rappers mentioned they were in beef with another rapper…you knew what time it was. They weren’t going to have a dance-off or DJ spin-off like they did in the eighties – things had evolved since then.

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In the nineties, when rappers mentioned they were in beef with another rapper…you knew what time it was. They weren’t going to have a dance-off or DJ spin-off like they did in the eighties – things had evolved since then.
— Stephanie Johnson

Murder She Wrote

We passed the middle of the dance floor where girls were ‘butterflying’, a dancehall move where you rotate your knees together in opposite directions, but these girls were doing it on their backs. I hadn’t seen this dance live before, only in music videos on TV.
 
Stephanie Johnson

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I felt numb. Unsure if I had done something good or bad, my memories of our former friendship were absent and without sentiment. I was standing there, unbalanced, with arms by my side, staring at Shannon and my missing shoe behind her.
— Stephanie Johnson

Brands in the Hood

Whilst Nicola checked out Charlene I checked out her. She was kitted out from head to toe in designer clothing. She wore skin-tight patterned Versace jeans, a fitted white top with Giorgio Armani sprawled across the front, a Moschino belt with the gold block lettering and flat black Gucci loafers…

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Richard Johnson’s Home

 

 

By the time I got down the stairs, making gun signs at the historic portraits of the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X on my way – this demonstrated an appreciation of their contribution to history, and something I had copied from Dad – Dad was in the kitchen.
 
Stephanie Johnson

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I think your mum is doing her best, but I think it would help you both to talk more rather than be aggressive to one another or others around you.
— Mr. Williams