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In the Gorillaz song Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach rapper Snoop Dogg uses the term crack-a-lacking.

I've done some searching and can't find a reliable source for the origin and exact meaning of this term, but there are a few options. The term is not used in any specific context in the song.

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Hah. I have no idea, but I would suspect that it is unique to rapping / black hip-hop culture. –  Noldorin Jan 18 '11 at 0:28
    
I think it means that it's hard to rhyme anything with orange. –  Gleno Jan 18 '11 at 0:41
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The Urban Dictionary and The Online Slang Dictionary both give a definition for crackalackin' as meaning "happening" as in

What's crackalackin'? [What's happening?]

Probably this is derived from "What's cracking?" which is an older term meaning the same thing.

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A fellow African American told me that it is a racial statement against white people. "Cracker" is often used by African Americans against white people. Much like the "N" word is to them. So, if the party is "Crack-a-Lackin", it means there are no "crackers", i.e. white people, at the party.

I shake my head in disbelief when I hear this term being spoke by kids and in movies while African Americans laugh about it because white people are too stupid to understand it is a racial slur against them.

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Do you have any sources that can be examined apart from your friend? –  American Luke Dec 19 '13 at 14:50
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