We Were Hyphy


California Theatre, San Jose Sat, Aug 20, 2022 2:20 PM
Pruneyard Cinemas #1 Sun, Aug 28, 2022 2:45 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):84
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Doc Subjects
Director:Laurence Madrigal
Executive Producer:Rafael Casal
Matt Werner
Producer(s):Jason O'Mahony
Cinematography:Ryan McDowell
Music By:Trackademicks
Tanner Wilkerson
Editor:Laurence Madrigal


Come celebrate Hyphy, a thumping subgenre of hip hop, famous for its pounding bass, humorous slang, and insane dances!

Oakland in the 90’s was one of the most dangerous cities in the US. Hyphy was a musical movement that came from the streets but encouraged kids to “Go Dumb” instead of getting violent. Exploring the music that was the beating heart of Hyphy, the film interviews the uniquely charismatic musicians behind the music and looks at the dances, fashions, and culture spawned by their genius.

WE WERE HYPHY examines the genesis of Hyphy on Bay Area streets and traces its influence from legendary figures such as Keak da Sneak, Mac Dre, and Mistah FAB to modern day artists such as Kamaiyah, G-Eazy and Rafael Casal who were deeply influenced by the movement.

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