According to wikipedia, props originates because it is an abbreviation of the phrase "proper recognition"
Nowadays, props can also be used in a congratulatory tone, e.g. props to your performance in the play. It can also be used in admiration, e.g. props to your bike.
props is short for propers.
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Props means respect. Ya gotta give him respect!
I give him props for sleepig with Venessa
Gotta give that girl props for her web site...
props is short for "propers" as in, "proper respect"
On 13 Dec 2001, Joe M**** answered the question on Deja News. Here is how it is explained:
Props, short for Propers, -Don't forget that the entire word "propers" is used in the song "Respect", written by Otis Redding and most famously recorded by Aretha Franklin in 1967. At least, I think it is ("all I'm askin' in return honey is to give me my propers when I get home")-
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