"My bad" is an American idiom that was made popular by basketball players in playground games in the 1970s and 1980s. It usually means "my fault", "my mistake", "I apologize" or "mea culpa". It gained popularity with urban players of streetball and then spread into mainstream popularity.
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Note: many middle-aged African Americans contend that the term was originally "my bag" (meaning "That's my bag of worries to carry, not yours" etc.). It is uncertain when this urban teenagers' term morphed into "my bad" and why it is attributed to "street ball players" rather than early rappers who first brought it to the mainstream.