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What's the meaning of 'HTYB' in a text? Fan's Lil Durk reaction goes viral

Molly Young December 20, 2021
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American rapper Lil Durk recently took the knee for his long-term girlfriend India Royale and popped the all-important question. After hearing of the engagement news, one fan hinted at a proposal to their own partner and received an “hytb” text back.

When the screenshot went viral on Twitter, the text slang confused some users and many are now wondering what “hytb” and “mbn” really mean. Discover the definition of the abbreviated terms as we touch on Lil Durk’s engagement and explore reactions to the trending tweet.

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Fans react to Lil Durk’s engagement

Lil Durk finally popped the proposal question to his long-term girlfriend and baby mother, India Royale, during a sold-out show.

On Saturday 18 December, the American rapper performed at a local radio station’s Big Jam concert at the United Center, where he brought his family out on stage with him and got down on one knee.

As the news began to circulate the internet, some fans hinted at their own engagement plans.

A Twitter user named @LyssaLingLing uploaded a screenshot belonging to someone else displaying a snippet of their conversation regarding an engagement.

While the official owner of the text message has yet to be confirmed, the screenshot shows a forwarded Facebook screenshot of Lil Durk and India Royale paired with the iMessage “Durk proposed to India, mbn”.

In response, the receiver of the text replied with three separated messages:

“All yu do is catch attitudes all day and accuse me of cheating nd you want a ring?”

“I wouldn’t buy yo a** an onion ring.”


The viral tweet has now received over 29k likes, more than 7k retweets and a comment section full of amusement.

What’s the meaning of ‘hytb’ in a text?

Wondering what “hytb” means? You’re not alone. Many Twitter users responded in confusion, wondering what the four letters meant.

Urban Dictionary states “hytb” is an abbreviation of the four-word phrase:

“Hell you talkin’ bout?”

This slang term sentence is used when questioning something.

In this case, the text message receiver in the screenshot was reacting to a proposal hint by essentially questioning why they would consider engagement as the next step in their relationship.

What does “mbn” mean in the first text shown in the screenshot?

Urban Dictionary defines “mbn” as an abbreviated term which stands for:

“Must be nice.”

This statement is reportedly often used when people see others in cute relationships, implying they are jealous.

Twitter can’t believe the response

Que the hilarious reactions. Social media users reacted to the hilarious onion ring comment with laughter and jokes.

Meanwhile, some Twitter users suggested people should stop making celebrities their relationship goals…

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Others wonder why the recipient is still in a relationship with their partner if they wouldn’t even buy an onion ring…

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.