A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 01, 2007
“What it do”

"What it do” means the same as “What’s up?” Both San Francisco/Oakland and Houston claim the origin of this hip hop phrase, although African-American slang has used similar expressions from the 1930s and 1940s.

Texas Slang Pt.1 - Paul Wall
“What it do”—phr.
1. a common greeting; hello.

Urban Dictionary
what it do
a phrase used in tha dirty south and is showcases on swisha house and other underground texas rappers
What it do cuzzin?
by B Money Mar 4, 2003

what it do
What it do was NOT made in Ca it was used down south in Houston Texas an surrounding area’s in TEXAS by rappers like paul wall chamillonair mike jones an lil flip
What it do
Chillin mayne
by TxHardHitta Houston Mar 22, 2006

what it do
Real Talk. What it do is country slang used in the south for decades by many older african americans. Made popular in Houston by its underground rap scene in the mid 90’s(for you bay area folks who think yall made that word up, that’s southern slang that dates back before e-40’s birth.) It is used as a greeting and even a question. (People in the bay area say they use it to ask about something. Ex. As you’re looking at someones ride you’re like what it do? It drive’s you dummy, there’s in slang in that question, just inproper english. I must say that they sound dumb using it too.
“What’s the deal?”
“I don’t know you tell me what it do?”
by lc23 Houston Jul 27, 2006

what it do
The phrase that Paul Wall invented meaning whatsup, whats goin on and stuff like that
Hey dude what it do? ahh nuthin much same shit diffrent day
by Calvin Langley Oct 26, 2006

what it do
Made popular in Texas,"What It Dew” Is a liric in a Lil’Flip song off his album “What It Dew”.
Meaning Whats Up,How are you,whats goin on?,or What Cha Doin?
1:"What It Do Pimp?
2:Nothin much just chillin.
by Ashley and Demetria Clark Austin,Texas Dec 29, 2005

what it do
“what it do” means whats up used
mostly by people from houston,tx.
What it do its paul wall im the peopleschamp.
by slimthugbabysmama Jan 26, 2005

Internet Movie Database
Memorable quotes for
Ray (2004/I)
Jerry Wexler: Ruth Brown’s got a tour booked in Georgia. She needs a band.
Ray Charles: I’ll take it. I could write the charts for her, I could do backup, and I could also be an opening act.
Ahmet Ertegun: Okay. But you’re gonna be financially responsible. You’re gonna have to make it work, Ray.
Ray Charles: Yeah, yeah. I’m gonna make it do what it do, baby.

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From: “matt tamblyn”
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 09:05:23 +0000
Local: Tues, Jan 24 2006 5:05 am

What it do? (thats houston,texas slang for whats up). 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, July 01, 2007 • Permalink