|Proof, if ever it was needed, that b-boys are exceptionally annoying when you're trying to read the paper|
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Noun. US slang. L20.
[b- probably from BEAT noun or BREAK-DANCING]
A young man involved with hip-hop culture.
It's hard to see the Oxford English Dictionary as an authority on anything hip-hop related, but it has tried valiantly and for that it deserves due credit. However, its rather broad definition of b-boy is sure to ruffle some shell suits as it would appear that the term is not quite as all-embracing as the OED makes out. Various other sources are quite clear that a b-boy is a dancer, an artiste in the craft of b-boying, rather than simply being a (young) man somehow and abstractly involved with hip-hop culture. B-boying, if you're wondering, is what the majority of us call breakdancing, though the term b-boying is preferred (breakdancing is seen as a moniker imposed on the art by the mainstream media after b-boying went commercial).
Ultimately, I know I'm in danger of tripping myself up with this word and, as a thirty-something white man from Oxford with a vaguely posh accent, I'm probably in no position to be commenting on anything hip-hop related anyway. Therefore, I'm just going to leave you with some videos of what I think is authentic b-boying as performed by who I think are authentic b-boys. All definitions aside, whatever it is they're doing, it's all smashingly impressive.
Are you a b-boy? Do you b-boy? Has your life in anyway been affected by a b-boy? If so, keep it real in the comment section. Word.