Moniker one uses during shady dealings on the street. Sometimes referred to as a "nigga name". Most rappers use one, but few if any of them actually got theirs on the street. Akin to a nickname, but usually deeper held by the owner.

A hint -- if someone says that their name is T-Dog, give them your street name in return. It's ok to make one up on the spot. When I lived in the hood, the boyz simply called me "Freddie Green" or more often simply "Greenie". Maybe one in ten knew my name was actually Mike (or something near that).

I am reminded of this because yesterday some little wannabe gangsta introduced himself to me as WildChild. Without thinking I said, "Sup Child? I'm Greenie".

It took me back a ways.

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