A Toronto rapper’s slang-filled TikTok about the city’s weed-smoking etiquette has gone viral, and sparked video reactions and remakes from hundreds — perhaps not for the reason she was expecting.
TikToker @theofficialplushh posted the video last month talking about Toronto’s “balling up rules” in a thick Churronno accent. For the uninitiated, “balling up” refers to smoking weed.
“In Toronto, we literally have balling up rules,” began Plushh. “If the spliff is ita [sic], don’t even pass it to me.”
@theofficialplushh if uk uk #westonroadflows #torontocomedy #smartzombie #ballingup ♬ original sound – 💙 Plushh 💙
Many commenters have pointed out that “ita” is actually “ital” in Patois and refers to something in its natural, pure form. In this context, it means marijuana without additives like tobacco.
Other formerly unspoken rules announced in Plushh’s video include:
- “If we link to ball up and you don’t even have your own, like- I’m not passing my ting to you, still.”
- “Please, if you put a filter on your splizzy or your blizzy, no, don’t even pass that sh*t to me.”
- “And everyone knows that if you don’t really like the person, you better have your own full splizzy, you know, ’cause we’re not sharing.”
- “If your grabba smells funny — and we all know that one person who swears they have the best grabba and it smells like crazy bad, like, you just know it’s not hot — I’m not smoking it!”
Plushh asked her followers to leave other rules about balling up in the comments, but they flocked under the video for other reasons.
Some said they’ve lived in Toronto their entire lives but never heard anyone talk the way Plushh does. Others pointed out the rapper’s Nefertiti necklace and said her use of Patois-origin slang seemed forced.
“Rule #1: If she’s there, I’m not,” said one top-rated commenter.
For anyone wondering what all the Toronto slang Plushh used means, TikToker @curedschmeats has generously translated it.
@curedschmeats #duet with @theofficialplushh i hate it here and would like to move. #toronto #ontario #canada #torontolife #torontomans #hamiltonontario #gta #fyp #foryou ♬ original sound – 💙 Plushh 💙
But the funniest part of this saga has to be all the parodies and video reactions the TikTok has inspired.
“If the spliff is skinnamarinky-dinky-dink, don’t even bother passing it to me,” declared TikToker @yb0ss in a parody video that has garnered more likes than the original.
@yb0ss I’m sorry but I couldn’t help myself #intoronto #intorontowehaveballinguprules #ballinguprules ♬ original sound – 💙 Plushh 💙
Ontario TikTokers have been having a field day with the sound, admitting freely that it has taken over their minds.
@hazeldesvignes The way this took one try 🇨🇦 #ballingup #toronto #ontario ♬ original sound – 💙 Plushh 💙
@harshgallagher reposted cuz last one got accidentally deleted :/ #toronto #fyp #fypシ #viral #comedy #ontario ♬ original sound – 💙 Plushh 💙
Some were pushed to their limit by the video, wanting to simply move out of the city.
@yungm4rs #duet with @theofficialplushh ♬ original sound – 💙 Plushh 💙
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One TikToker even translated the video using American Sign Language.
@bilaldawson #duet with @theofficialplushh ♬ original sound – 💙 Plushh 💙
TikToker @muslimshadyy0 posed as a formally dressed tour guide narrating the “rules” of Toronto to visitors.
@muslimshadyy0 Or she’s gonna put you on a shirt styll#fyp#toronto#ballinguprules #meme ♬ original sound – 💙 Plushh 💙
“Bro, Toronto balling up rules are a Canadian heritage moment now,” said a commenter on his video.
Who knew this TikTok was going to be so monumental?