It's easy to identify hyphy music, but it's not so easy to chart its origins and evolution. In an attempt to compile the genre's "oral history," Complex gathered 14 Bay Area representatives
— which included longtime artists, like E-40, Too $hort, and Mistah F.A.B.; newcomers, like Kamaiyah; DJs, like Big Von; and a slew of randoms, such as Mac Dre's mom, Wanda Salvatto, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, and Mac Dre's former manager, Stretch — and interviewed them about the musical trend and movement, or as E-40 called it, "lifestyle."
It's a long article, so we did the digging for you and plucked out eight surprising facts that you might not have known about hyphy. Given that today is Mac Dre's birthday
— the event will be celebrated tonight
at The Regency Ballroom — we figured it would be appropriate to spend some time mulling over hyphy and reflecting on the ways in which it succeeded and could have gone further. So without further ado...