Sunday, August 13, 2006
Go Stupid, Dummy, Retarded
Being from the east coast, specifically the white middle-class town of Bristol, Connecticut, it seems that I am one of the rare fans of E-40 and other hyphy artists, and even rarer, I may be one of the only ones in the area to actually own My Ghetto Report Card.
Hyphy is not only a style of music, very reminiscent to the crunk music of the South, but it's a way of life. Ridin' the yellow bus, ghost ridin' the whip, stunna shades, thizz face, gas break dippin', side shows, etc.
The term is a combination of the words "hype" and "fly".
It began to emerge in early 2000 as a response from Bay Area rappers against commercial hip hop for not acknowledging the Bay for setting trends in the hip hop industry. Although the "hyphy movement" has just recently seen light in mainstream America, it has been a long standing and evolving culture in the Bay Area.
It is distinguished by gritty, pounding rhythms, and in this sense can be associated with the Bay as crunk music is to the South. An individual is said to "get hyphy" when they act or dance in an overstated and ridiculous manner. Contrary to popular belief, the musical aspect of the movement has very few similarities to Crunk music, as it is dictated by more uptempo beats and a techno sound. E-40 is seen by many in the Bay Area as the "door opener" to a much bigger movement yet to be exposed to the world in its entirety.
Rip Mac Dre.
Here's a sampling of some of my favorite hyphy joints fro artists like E-40, Keak Da Sneak, Mistah FAB, and The Federation:
E-40 ft. The Clipse - Quarterbackin'
Mistah Fab ft. E-40, Turf Talk - Super Sick Wid It Remix
The Federation - 18 Dummy
The Federation ft. Keak Da Sneak, E-40, Turf Talk, San Quinn - Hyphy Remix
E-40 - Yay Area (This File Must Be Opened In iTunes)