Hyphy

from Das Racist – All Tan Everything Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It is worth noting that Kool AD is originally from the Bay Area.

The word hyphy is short for “hyperactive."It was created by Bay Area rapper Keak Da Sneak when he used the term in 1994. Hip-hop artist E-40, with his 2006 single titled "Tell Me When to Go” put the Bay Area hip-hop culture on the national map.

The movement started in the ‘90s and gained momentum in the early 2000s as a response from Bay Area rappers to commercial hip-hop’s ignoring of the Bay’s influence. 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. Hyphy can be seen as the San Francisco equivalent to G-Funk in Los Angeles.

The phrase “to get hyphy” refers to when an individual acts or dances in an overstated, fast paced, and ridiculous manner. Those who consider themselves part of the hyphy movement would describe this behavior as what they strive their movement to be. In contrast to much of popular American culture where these phrases would be considered negative or even insulting, Hyphy is distinguished by taking this kind of behavior as a form of pride, with some locales in the bay area even hosting their own regional dance styles. Hyphy as an adjective, “the hyphy movement” is a cultural term: regional slang that refers to the dance itself as well as party atmosphere, lifestyle, and independent Bay Area music referred to as hyphy music.

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