Don't Miss: Ghost-Ride the Whip and Gas Brake Dippin'

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"Going dumb" in the "Yay Area." Hong D. Hoang, Youth Radio hide caption

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"Going dumb" in the "Yay Area."

"Going dumb" in the "Yay Area."

Hong D. Hoang, Youth Radio

Youth Radio has a great piece this evening about the hip-hop style of "hyphy" (pronounced "high-fee"). Producer Tapan Munshi introduces us to a sound that comes straight outta Vallejo, Calif. The name "hyphy" comes from the hyper-crazy beats and the intricate lyrics. Listen up.

And if you're curious, hyphy is more than just music, it's a whole subculture in San Francisco and the rest of the "Yay Area." I was very amused by this description on

"One popular example of kids acting hyphy or 'going dumb' is 'gas-brake dippin'.' In the Bay, they pile into their cars and instead of driving normally, they'll hit the gas, then quickly hit the brake; hit the gas, hit the brake."

Hmmmm. When I did that growing up it was called "not knowing how to drive a stick shift," but "gas-brake dippin'" sounds much cooler. If you want to see a video of hyphy pioneer E-40 dippin' and ghost-riding the whip, click here (video).



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