From the Coach Carter film.

Basketbal team is reading the paper about their good season.

(One team member's reading): Surprise arrival to the poll is Richmond High at 19th.

-Top 20, baby

-We're 19th, dog.

(The same player is carry on with reading): The Oilers have posted a perfect 9-0 mark winning on the road against perrenial powerhous Xavier and Baxter Union.

-Yo, Junior, you should read the rest of this. They blowing you up in this paper.

What does blow someone up means?

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It does not mean exploding someone with dynamite hahaha!

I don't know if I would call this a common idiom, but the meaning is pretty clear to mossy native speakers. It means the paper is making a big deal out of Junior. The paperis highly praising him, and saying good things about him. They are turning him into a celebrity. A much more common idiom is

blowing something out of proportion.

This means to "blow something up" (read: make a big deal of) something that isn't very important. Or to exaggerate how important something is.

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    Blowing up is part of an incomplete simile blowing up like a balloon, but not the point of exploding
    – Ast Pace
    May 1, 2015 at 18:38
  • "exploding" could also be said as... blowing up.
    – Scott
    May 1, 2015 at 18:52

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