Stank face related to mean face or mean mug and ill grill refers to scowling and frowning while listening to or performing music that is especially funky.
“Stank face” is the most prevalent in the Southern music scene of the United States, where it appears in rap and jazz events equally.
Alternatively, the phrase may also refer to someone, who had consumed too much of the jazz cigarettes.
“Stank face” is also often featured on various meme formats, the most common of which are image macros and GIFs.
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While the exact origin of “stank face” remains unclear, the phrase started emerging in popular culture with the rise of Southern hip-hop and krunk music in the 2000’s.
An early definition of the expression was uploaded to Urban Dictionary on October 10th, 2005, although in this case it is explained as being synonymous to greening out or consuming too much of the rollies.
Spread and Usage
With the growing prevalence of the Southern scene in hip-hop through the late 2000’s, “stank face” entered the lexicon of a wider audience, through artists like the Outkast duo or krunk musicians like Lil Jon or the Three 6 Mafia.
The 2010’s brought an increased prevalence in the application of “stank face” with social media posts as well as blog entries and articles writing about the phenomenon, while it remained a common sight in clubs and concerts.