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- The kick drum from a Roland TR-808 drum machine, which is now a popular sample.
- The penal code for disturbing the peace. Refers to the sound of bass from stereos.
- Sometimes a reference to Hawaii. 808 is Hawaii's area code.*
<nowiki>*</nowiki>Not too many rappers/singers refer to Hawaii as "808": many people could care less about the area code when going to Hawaii.