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.

  • Hah. I have no idea, but I would suspect that it is unique to rapping / black hip-hop culture.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jan 18, 2011 at 0:28
  • I think it means that it's hard to rhyme anything with orange.
    – Gleno
    Commented Jan 18, 2011 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.


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?
    – Luke_0
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 14:50
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    Too stupid? I know what is meant when a black guy calls me a cracker, but I refuse to acknowledge it as an insult. The word is meaningless to me in that context. Laugh as much as you like, the joke's on you. Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 6:29
  • That seems like a reasonable inference based on cracka-lacking, i.e. lacking crackers, if the person making the inference is unaware of what the word means, which is "happening".
    – DCShannon
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 20:48
  • I just heard someone use this post as evidence that this is racist. Clearly it is not... unless someone comes up with a very good reference.
    – Loofer
    Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 19:49

It is a southern term meaning how are you, what are you you to.

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    "What are you you to"? Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 10:48
  • What David said: huh? And "how are you" is entirely incorrect.
    – Marthaª
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 23:50
  • @Marthaª I think she means "How are you, what are you up to?", which is pretty much the same as "What's happening?", which is the top-voted answer.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 20:46

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