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Hype Man

Traditionally, the job of the Hype Man is to get the audience “hype” before the headlining performer comes out on stage. His or her job is also to keep the momentum going during the show, especially during the down times like wardrobe or set changes. Hype men usually work the side of the stage the MC isn’t, yelling classic lines like “Throw ya hands in the air!” “All the ugly people be quiet!” “When I say_________, y’all say _________!” These call and response strategies to get the crowd motivated first originated in Hip-Hop back in the ’80s by early hype men Creole and MC Cowboy from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

The role took on a heavy work load during the show in the early days. Years later though, the job has become less demanding, often resulting in a small army of so-called hype men milling around the stage brandishing water bottles and towels.
why the fuck are there 6 hypeman on stage at a G-unit concert
by acideater November 28, 2009
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X: I had this great highdea last night
Y: You clearly were philosopher stoned.
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The person who helps gets the crowd hyped/amped/pumped
before/durin a show.
theres more im sure youl know now but one more id like
you to remember
BIG PROOF (R.I.P) was the illest hype man for EMINEM
by Matty V1 December 26, 2006
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The person who fires up the crowd for the main act.
Biden is Obama's hype-man. Biden: "throw yo hands in the air! lemme hear it for the man is so fresh and so clean and articulate... "
by illegit March 23, 2010
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That guy at a rap concert standing next to the rapper you came to see who yells every other word loudly when you just want to hear the damn rapper. He usually does it so the rapper doesn't run out of breath, but it really just pisses you off.
"Who's that guy who keeps yelling every other word like he thinks we can't hear him?"

"That's just the hype man, honey."
by Laser Sanchez February 27, 2009
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somebody who get on the mic before a dj throws down and gets the crowd all pumped up and talks up the dj and shit. has the ability to transform shouting into excitement through the use of his microphone
On his "In Tune and On Time" dvd, DJ Shadow needs to knock that I'm-my-own-hype-man shit off. Nobody wants to see that weenie white dude come out on stage and act allshyboyish before his set and watch while he tries to hype up his crowd by one-by-one listing off his last ike 27 albums, giving the crowd a chance indicate that yes, indeed they had heard of and enjoyed theses albums, and also to show their enthusiam decline to an uncomfortable level, with absolutely no beat in the background.

by f*STAR January 09, 2005
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