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Slapboxing is a physical activity somewhat simulating boxing, where open hands are used in lieu of fisticuffs. This quasi-martial art form, at an intersection between sparring and fighting, is usually performed in an ad hoc or informal manner, or when boxing protective gear is unavailable. Although a popular pastime in some circles, it is generally not considered a competitive sport, but rather a game or training drill.
Slapboxing in popular culture
- Several rappers including Pharoahe Monch, Noreaga, Ghostface Killah, Killarmy, Jay-Z, Eminem, Ice Cube, R.A. The Rugged Man, and Brother Ali have songs in which they reminisce about slapboxing.
- In a 2004 Dateline NBC interview, singer Bobby Brown claimed to have been slapboxing with Whitney Houston when it turned violent.
- Author Victor D. LaValle wrote the critically acclaimed Slapboxing with Jesus, a story about teenagers living in Queens, New York. (The book's title is a take on a line from Ghostface Killah's Daytona 500.)
- 2003 Cobb Middle School Memo Requesting parental involvement to curb slapboxing among students.
- Bobby Brown's Interview with Dateline NBC's Stone Phillips
- Ghetto Games: Slapboxing Essay on slapboxing etiquette