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.1
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. The term is a combination of the words "hype" and "fly".2
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 Yellow Bus", "Stupid" or "Going Dumb".
Main Entry: hyphy
Etymology: Etymology: San Francisco Bay Area, shortened perhaps from English dialect "hyperactive"; other sources cite a combination of "hype" and "fly." Popularized by E-40 and the Federation's song "Hyphy" (2004); first known use on record by Keak Da Sneak in 1998 (on "Cool," from his LP Sneakacidle).
1 : dangerous and irrational: CRAZY;
2 : amusingly eccentric; without inhibition: GOOFY
"They were getting hyphy up in the club Saturday night."
1.Go stupid, dummy, retarted.
2.Get out of hand
1. We got hyphy in da parking lot after the club let out!
2. Dat bitch was trying to get hyphy cuz her friends was wit her
sf bay area version of crunk
"hyphy the same way the south get crunk"
crazy, high-energy, temperamental
Origin: Bay Area, CALIFORNIA
also see hyfey
Them ninjas hella hyphy hangin out the doors in the scraper!
a way of living - hype, crunk, actin a fool, ignorant
It was actually first used by Keak da Sneak on 1999's Sneakacydal
We stay hyphy, in our white tee, and our black jeans, and our Nikes
It's Cali's version of Crunk. Intead of sayin let's get crunk, you'd say get hyphy. Hyphy's gettin crazy, stupid, dumb, retarded..ect.
Hyphy! Make a baby mama slap her baby's daddy (Lyrics from the song Hyphy by Federation)
Although mostly Bay Area, getting "hyphy" is more of an Oakland word defining getting ignorant, drunk/high, and quite violent within a group of friends.
Them krazy ninjas in the Town were gettin hyphy with them Boys in Blue, the fools were scraping the Pigs.