- Don't know the language? Learn it from E-40.
The "hyphy" phenomenon is still alive, perhaps not as much as it was two or three years ago when the bump-and-crunch sound and "go dumb" dance moves lit up the hip-hop world, but alive nonetheless as you'll see when E-40 and his troupe of high-energy cats work the Midtown into a frenzy this week. Although "hyphy" has been a part of Bay-Area hip-hop culture since the mid-1990s, the movement didn't fully take hold until the major success (as in top ten Billboard success) of E-40's 2006 record entitled My Ghetto Report Card. Loyal hip-hop aficionados know all about E-40 and the hype of the "hyphy," (perhaps learning this from the documentary DVD E-40 and the Hype on Hyphy) but this article is not for the astute hip-hop fan. This is for the McSweeney's-reading sort of Joe or Jane who's main exposure to rap music comes in the form of 15-second intervals emanating from the cracked windows of passing Honda Civics on Third Street. In short, this is for the uninformed.
This cool-as-all-hell rapper has been reportedly working on a slang dictionary to lay out some of his verbiage in one easy-to-read manual. Although we couldn't get our mitts on an official E-40-sanctioned hyphy dictionary, we did, however, amass the following list of hyphy terms and their accompanying definitions. Read, learn, and of course, go dumb.
Dipped in butta: Well dressed
Stunna shades: Oversized sunglasses once key to the hyphy movement, but now a must have accessory for any female age 12-65.
Goin' dumb: Dancing rambunctiously
Scraper: a low-riding, four-door American sedan, often equipped with any number of other hyphy alterations.
Gas brake dippin': The practice of slamming the gas and brake pedals while driving. It looks pretty cool, but might induce vomiting.
Ripper: A less-than-complementary term for a less-than-reputable woman.
E-40 with Maniac Lok, Kenny Mack, The Chef Boyz and the Collektive
8pm. Friday, June 27. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $30 plus service fees/advance, $35 plus service fees/day of show. Tickets at Ranch Records and ticketswest.com. All Ages.