Strong Island

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

While the exact date of the coinage is unknown, there are several claimants in the 1980's it was coined as a hip hop music term for Long Island. From Newsday: "To boost local black pride, Chuck D and the other WBAU DJs dubbed the Island Strong Island and gave special names to the emerging hip-hop strongholds."[1]

Proper noun[edit]

Strong Island

  1. (slang) Long Island in New York.[2]
    • 2007. Strong Island Underground, New York Times, Sept. 30, 2007:
      Not for nothing do bodybuilders and rappers brag and swagger about living on “Strong Island.”

Usage notes[edit]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the "Strong Island Boys" were a mostly white, middle class "gang" or "posse" which tried to emulate the mostly minority gangs they saw in New York City.[3]

The "Strong Island Sound", a US Basketball Association expansion team, uses Strong Island as part of its name. Its name is a play on the Long Island Sound.

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