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could you explain me what "I’ma" means? ive found it in Eminem's song Mockingbird that goes:

"...Daddy’s gonna buy you a mocking bird
I’ma give you the world
I’ma buy a diamond ring for you
I’ma sing for you, I’ll do anything for you to see you smile
And if the mockingbird don’t sing and the ring don’t shine
I’ma break that birdy’s neck
I’ll go back to the Jeweler..."

ive also found it in some other rap songs so maybe its some kind of slang?
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Welcome to the Forums, Troublemaker,

The only thing that I can think of is "I'm going to".
I agree, LL, it seems to mean "I'm going to," and it's definitely slang.

The song refers to an old lullaby:

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's going to buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don't sing,
Mama's going to buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama's going to buy you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama's going to buy you a billy goat.
And if that billy goat won't pull,
Mama's going to buy you a cart and bull.
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Mama's going to buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named Rover won't bark,
Mama's going to buy you a horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fall down,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.
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Could it be an ellipsis:

"I'm a (person who will) give you etc, etc."

MrP
I think it's an ellipsis for "Imma gonna...."
LanguageLoverWelcome to the Forums, Troublemaker,

The only thing that I can think of is "I'm going to".
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Troublemakercould you explain me what "I’ma" means?

It's short for "I'm going to" meaning "I will soon do _____".

  • i'ma means I'm going to...... or I'm about to....., This is the contraction of going to........
Yes, you're right -- and so was the person who answered this question five years and 97 days ago.
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