A new feature showcasing a distinct subgenre of hip-hop. This week: Hyphy.
In its four-plus decades of existence, hip-hop has always been steadily evolving. Like all evolutionary paths, hip-hopâs hasnât moved in a straight line. For every decision that moved the genre forward as a whole, there were artistic niches and splinter groups that either went flourished before rapidly going extinct or moved on into their own lane entirely.
In this series,Â weâll look to introduce our readers to some of the more interesting branches and subgenres that sprouted from the hip-hop family tree and give a primer of someÂ essential tracks.
Our last edition spotlighted a scene that is still vibrant over two decadesÂ after its invention. This week, weâll highlight a hyper-active genre that built up locally over decades, burned bright on the national stage for a brief time and fizzled out quickly thereafter.
Put your stunner shades on, fam. Itâs time to talk about Hyphy.