The Bay Area creative scene, particularly being the home of the Hyphy Movement, has significantly contributed to mainstream hip hop sounds that are so popular today. Yet The Bay doesn’t always get properly credited in the mainstream for these contributions. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, however, it’s hard for most to imitate what true hyphy Bay Areans encompass… it’s just in that Bay water. You either got it or you don’t. The Bay Area’s hyphyness is continuously upheld by how we [Bay Area producers] structure our beats, how we mix and match sounds you normally wouldn’t hear paired together, and how we structure our percussion to make you want to move your body 24/7. Hyphy is culture, and you may not even know some of your favorite hits got their inspo from the sounds originating from The Bay. I chose to curate this soundpack because I’m hyphy at heart. These songs are a good reference for a hyphy type beats if you need inspiration because they make you want to bounce or get up and shake your dreads (or imaginary dreads), it just puts you in an upbeat mood. Here are 10 songs by Bay Area natives that inspired the Boomin’ Hyphy sounds soundpack:
Classic Bay Area. You can’t say those percs, baseline, and 808 paired with that knockin kick doesn’t make you wanna shake your dreads and/or imaginary dreads.
I chose this classic because the claps and kick directly align with the boomin’ hyphy sounds pack. Traxamillion was one of my inspirations for when I started producing because I’m hyphy by nature so there’s no doubt I picked up a couple of techniques and made them my own.
That distorted bassline that gets stuck in your head within a couple of seconds is hyphy to a T! New age hyphy one could say.
The simple yet playful bassline matched with that boomin’ 808 can put anyone in a “go stupid, go dumb” mood real quick…what’s not hyphy about that?
The percs are simple which makes way for those bright basslines to stand out.
This track embodies the hyphy movement to a T. The different mixtures of midi sounds work so well all while paired with a simple saturated bass and 808 to keep your head nodding.
The chords along with the bell melody remind me of beats Mac Dre used to record on. Vallejo is definitely keeping the fire alive. Those chords are so simple yet they stand out but not too much that it overpowers the bass and 808.
Those cowbells and additional percs along with that type of saturated and distorted bass definitely encompass the Bay Area sound (Hyphy) especially the structuring of the sounds.
Bay Area music mixes and matches percs like cowbells and rimshots to fill in space while putting you in that “gig” vibe/environment. This song does that really well, it’s like old school 80’s music merged with the hyphy movement.
All caps but no cap…CLASSIC. That bass, cowbells that keep you bouncing, and those synths just make you want to slide and cut up through traffic, talk about hyphy!
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