Hyphy (pronounced high-fee; IPA: ˈhaɪfi¢°) is a style of music and dance associated with San Francisco Bay Area hip hop culture. 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.67 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. Bay Area rapper Keak Da Sneak takes credit for coining the term when he was a young boy, as his mother would often tell him he was hyper. He would repeat the word "hyper" as "hyphy", and to this day, continues to use the word "hyphy" to describe his behavior.

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. Many in the Bay Area would describe this as acting "Retarded", "Riding The Short Bus", "Stupid" or "Going Dumb". 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. 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.

In the Bay we gettin Hyphy, Stupid, Dumb, and Hyphy
by King Of The O August 28, 2006
Getting stupid dumb and retarted. Mac Dre made it almost everybody in cali getting hyphy going stupid getting dumb and retarted.
We got the club so hyphy it had to be shut down.
by Lil' Rome April 10, 2006
Hyphy vs. Crunk. Hyphy has been around way before crunk it just didnt have a push to get it going. CrunK is just a whole buncha people who moved from the yay area, Cali to ATL and stole to slang. the Bay originates all the cool slang used by rappers today. Crunk sucks. HYPHY MaynE!!

Hyphy vs. Crunk.
Hyphy > Crunk!
Person 1: "wanna get crunk"
person 2: "what the fuck is crunk, we git hyphy".
by Bay Boy 707 October 09, 2007
Comming to you straight from the Bay Area! Northern Cali iz wat it iz! the HYPHY MOVENEMT started around the 1990's by a rapper known as "MAC DRE" Born in Oakland but raised in Vallyjo! the HYPHY MOVEMENT is now going real big.Rappers that were born and raised from here are now out and huge all over the states. Living in the bay is HELLA sick, we got out own type of music, we got our own type of dance, n we talk our own slang. But the rappers who were raised here, rappin elseware are killin it.Now people are begining to jock our shit!!!

STOP BITING THE BAY!!!!

If you aint from here "DONT HATE" AND ESPECIALY DONT BE ACTING LIEK YOU CAN GET DOWN TO OUR SHIT

THIZZ OR DIE
707 YOU SQUARE BEEZY
We always end up gettin HYPHY

R.I.P to the MAC D.R.E
by GIZZLLE October 10, 2006
1. get crazy or wild
"I know you see a wifey, but peep my ride go hyphy"- Danity Kane
by rebma September 08, 2006
1.Gettin stupid/retarted.
2.Stupid enough to ride the yellow bus.
3.Same way the south get crunk, but with the thizz face
1.Thodo! 2+2 is not 22, stop gettin hyphy!
2."Im the fisrt mexican to ride the yellow bus mayn"
3.Now that you think about it, lil john can pass off as bein in the hyphy game....
by CH33Z-!TZ June 15, 2006
1.To go dumb. simple
2. Carefree lifestyle, originated in the bay.

Jimmy: Ghost ride that whip, and pass that purp!
Joey: Ok, but your going to have to shake them dreads.
Jimmy: Man pass that blunt!(while shaking his dreads going dumb on the hood of the car)
Joey: Man ur hella hyphy! keep it up and ur going to ride that yellow bus!
by strikezero March 14, 2006
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