BHM Inspiration - Snaps, Cracks, Tha Dozens, Scoring....


Growing up in the east coast my father and grandmother’s generation called them “Tha Dozens”. My generation called it “Cracking” or “Scoring” and later when I moved west as a child we called it “Snaps". The most common name for this artform is called “Ya Mama” jokes. Whatever the term that you used it is still with us 80+ years later. Growing up you HAD to crack on people because you got cracked on and if you didn’t defend yourself you would be up for ridicule throughout your school experience. I wouldn’t say I was the best but I was good. I knew how to work a crowd , I employed physical comedy tactics, and I kept up with new jokes to keep my material fresh. Some people were born with the gift of gab to play Tha Dozens. I learned over time developing my skills in the projects of Cherry Hill in Baltimore, MD. When I moved west it was a cakewalk cracking on kids because their culture of ridicule wasn’t as savage as the primary schools of Baltimore. I became a legend in my intermediate school where I made fun of anyone who wanted to step to me. I later won a few competitions at local kiddie clubs AND won a competition on a local radio show when I was a teenager. My cracking career was a good one. When I think back to the things we said (a lot of them were truly offensive and would not fly today) it was a part of the larger culture of cracking jokes at our own expense to laugh finding subconscious ways of creating for ourselves because we didn’t have much. There’s a deeper level conversation on this topic exploring it’s creation and why it was such a pertinent norm for black culture that I’ll come back to it in the future for a deep dive. For now…just enjoy the ridicule

Yo mama’s so old…Her social security number is one.
Yo' mama so fat, she wore corduroys and smoothed out the ridges!
Yo mama’s so fat…If she buys a fur coat, a whole species will become extinct.
Yo mama is so old that she knew Cap'n Crunch while he was still a private.
Yo mama’s teeth are so yellow…When she smiles at traffic, it slows down.
Yo' daddy's so ugly, when he looked out the window he was arrested for mooning!
Yo' Mama is so old, she pees rust and farts dust.
Yo mama is so old that she knew Cap'n Crunch while he was still a private.
Yo' Mama's cooking is so bad, your family prays after they eat.
Yo' Mama is so stupid, she took the Pepsi Challenge and she chose Jif.
Yo' Mama is so fat, she needs license plates for her shoes.
Yo' Mama is so dumb, she locked her keys inside her motorcycle.
Yo' mama so fat, she has a real horse on her polo shirt.
Yo mama’s so old…She walked out of a museum and the alarm went off.
Yo mama’s so stupid…She put lipstick on her forehead to make up her mind.
Yo' Mama is like a telephone book: available to the public, no charge.
Yo mama’s so dumb…she thought Timberland was a park in Canada

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