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"General Hip-Hop Topics"
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Jan 14th, 2009
This is a bit random... but I'm thinking about writing an article on Hype Men in Hip-Hop for StayBattlin. I've gotten a decent bit of experience with the concept over the last several years of event filming/watching/etc... but I'd love to hear others' thoughts on the role of the hype man.

Tell me about the need you think there is, who are some of the best examples out there, what have you seen that you don't like... stuff like that. If you find any good links to sites that have good info, feel free to include them as well :)


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Jun 20th, 2008
Flava Flav was my favorite.....then Too Big MC. There is no NEED for hype men, but if you have one, you better have your game tight cuz it might sound corny.......

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Jul 21st, 2008
in Leader Of The New School the group was each other hype man.. hope that made sense

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Feb 3rd, 2009
you have VIN-ROCK from Naughty By Nature who goes back & forth from hype man to mc (although not the greatest mc) & you have SPLIFF STARR who is basically the same as VIN-ROCK--both are marginal mc's at best so they pull double duty as hype men that's no slight to them but it is what it is but they are good as hype men in my opinion the hype man has to have talent & most important an outgoing personality---he is the mc before the emcee getting the crowd hype for the emcee they should co-exist as 1 unit on stage bouncing back & forth with the audience & each other--now days most RAPPERS don't have hype men but just the opposite---pale shadows of themselves who just repeat the RAPPERS rhymes or drops---this is because the main RAPPER has NO SKILLS AT PERFORMING & prowl the stage back & forth like a cage tiger with no audience interaction skills to speak of so they need 1,2 + people on stage with them to make it appear as they are putting on a show

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Feb 4th, 2009
Yeah, the Hype man isn't what he used to be. I remember when you didn't even have to speak to be a hype man. Remember Scoob and Scrap Lover? They pumped the crowd up by dancing. Some people let the DJ be the hype man. Nowadays, the hype man supplements the rhyme for mc's with no breath control. And mostly they just scream the lyrics and mess up the song.

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Aug 6th, 2009

most definitely :)  thanks for all of the great input... even though there's no telling when i'm actually going to get around to writing this piece, haha!

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