Long Beach, California or “LBC” has been a famous acronym since the 1990’s. If you were alive in the 90s and were old enough to listen to the band Sublime and rapper Snoop Dogg, then you knew the phrase LBC through their popular music. Since those times, the term to describe Long Beach, California has stuck. The acronym LBC can be seen at local businesses in Long Beach, on clothing (LBC 420™) and as art on buildings around town.
Sublime’s song titled “Doin’ Time” (released in 1997) features the lyric LBC during the hook of the song. The lyrics in the song that contain the phrase LBC are from their self-titled album are as follows, “All the people in the dance will agree that we’re well qualified to represent the LBC.” The famous singer for the band Sublime was Bradley Nowell, who sadly died from a heroin overdose. His music as well as the LBC acronym live on not only in the city of Long Beach but world-wide.
Snoop Dogg’s song titled “Gin and Juice” (released in 1994) features the lyric LBC during the first line of the famous song. The first lyrics of the song contained the phrase LBC as seen here, “With so much drama in the LBC, it’s kinda hard being Snoop-D-O-Double-G.” Snoop used the LBC lyric and made it famous world-wide. Long Beach is known as a marijuana friendly city as Snoop promotes marijuana products with the acronym LBC on the side of one of his products packaging. One can say LBC and 420 go hand-and-hand.
The laid-back Long Beach culture was brought to the world through its music and the acronym LBC conveys the Long Beach vibe to everyone. The phrase has a nice ring to it and people outside of Long Beach recognize it just like they recognize the acronyms for other cities, such as NY (New York), SF (San Francisco), and LA (Los Angeles). The LBC acronym is here to stay and its fame will surely continue represent Long Beach, California.
There is a debate on where the term LBC originated and how it has evolved. The term LBC might be from Long Beach Crips, as some old schooler’s claim. Others say it originated from the phrase Long Beach City, but most people nowadays use the term as meaning Long Beach, California. Whether or not you are referring to LBC as Long Beach City or Long Beach, California, they are both acceptable by residents of Long Beach, California. Represent LBC!