Commonwealth National Podcast

Hip Hop Panel: Roots of the Hyphy Movement (7/26/2006)


Eric Arnold, Reporter, East Bay Express
Mistah F.A.B., Artist, Thizz Entertainment
Tamara Palmer, Author, Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip Hop; Reporter, SF Weekly
Traxamillion aka The Slapp Addict, Producer; King of the Hyphy Sound
Adisa Banjoko, Journalist; Author, Lyrical Swords, Vol. I and II – Moderator

The Bay Area rap scene is witnessing its largest resurgence since the early 1990s. Like southern "crunk," the Bay Area "hyphy" phenomenon is a production style, dance and mind state sweeping the country. Popularized by locals E-40, the Federation and Keak Da Sneak, "hyphy" means "going dumb & gettin' loose." This panel will attempt to separate the popular drug elements of the hyphy movement from its social, political and musical roots.

This program was recorded live on July 26, 2006.