Hi!
In a recent hit - "Caught up" - from r'n'b/hip-hop artist Usher, one sentence of the lyrics goes
"My homies say this girl is crampin' my style"
and after googling a bit I noticed that "cramping my style" is used quite often. I'm guessing that this means something bad like "having a bad influence on my image" or something like that, but I might be far off in that guess.
I also searched a little in the Urban Dictionary and found a few usages but no explanation.
So, can anyone please tell me what it means?
Regards,
Henrik
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Hi! In a recent hit - "Caught up" - from r'n'b/hip-hop artist Usher, one sentence of the lyrics goes "My ... the Urban Dictionary and found a few usages but no explanation. So, can anyone please tell me what it means?

It means "interfering with my freedom" or "constraining my actions". His homies (I have no idea what a homie is) are telling him that his girl is restricting him, for example keeping him from going out at night or stopping him from seeing his friends.

David
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Hi! In a recent hit - "Caught up" - from ... explanation. So, can anyone please tell me what it means?

It means "interfering with my freedom" or "constraining my actions". His homies (I have no idea what a homie is)

It is street slang for "friend"
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It means "interfering with my freedom" or "constraining my actions". His homies (I have no idea what a homie is)

It is street slang for "friend"

Not on my street, it isn't.

David
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It is street slang for "friend"

Not on my street, it isn't.

A "homie", or "home", or "home boy" was originally a reference to a person from the speaker's neighborhood. It's been expanded in AmBlackE to mean just about other black person. Whites have picked it up, but it's about like a guy born and raised in Minnesota saying "Cheers, Old Chap."

Tony Cooper
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Hi! In a recent hit - "Caught up" - from ... explanation. So, can anyone please tell me what it means?

It means "interfering with my freedom" or "constraining my actions". His homies (I have no idea what a homie is) are telling him that his girl is restricting him, for example keeping him from going out at night or stopping him from seeing his friends.

Then there was the graffito that went "Making love in a Volkswagen could cramp your style." CDB
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Not on my street, it isn't.

A "homie", or "home", or "home boy" was originally a reference to a person from the speaker's neighborhood. It's been ... Whites have picked it up, but it's about like a guy born and raised in Minnesota saying "Cheers, Old Chap."

Cheers, old chap.

David
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Then there was the graffito that went "Making love in a Volkswagen could cramp your style." CDB

obAUE: it's always seemed strange to me that US "Volkswagen" means Volkswagen Beetle. The graffito above doesn't make a lot of sense to me with my UK English "Volkswagen", as this could mean a Passat, a Touareg or even what the USians call a "microbus". Come to think of it, plenty of Volk must have made love in a VW camper.

David
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Then there was the graffito that went "Making love in a Volkswagen could cramp your style." CDB

obAUE: it's always seemed strange to me that US "Volkswagen" means Volkswagen Beetle. The graffito above doesn't make a lot ... USians call a "microbus". Come to think of it, plenty of Volk must have made love in a VW camper.

I saw the aphorism in question about 40 years ago; I think it was all Beetles in those days. I agree that nowadays they should specify. CDB
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