Before RAP started out the job of the MC was to promote the DJ. Back then the DJ was the main focus of the party. They were the controllers of the vibe. In enters the MC
The MC was used to be the voice. They got the crowd “HYPED” for the DJ set and entertained through sets rappin or boasting about the skills of the DJ.
Soon once the focus gravitated towards the skill of the MC he/she too needed someone to help them “Move the crowd” as they did their work. In enters “The Hype Man”
The Hype man has always been integral to an MCs performance because they add the energy thats lost when an MC is trying to stay on beat and catch and maintain their breath while moving about on stage.
The Hype man usually knows all the lyrics and has a knack for getting attention. This is what makes them an MCs best friend. In a sense the Hype Man is like a promoter advertising and gaining attention for you on stage while you go into your zone and perfectly display your skill.
IRAP’s TOP 6 HYPEMEN:
JAROBI OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
FREAKY ZEEKY, THE DIPLOMAT
FREAKY TAH, THE LOST BOYZ
FLAVOR FLAV, PUBLIC ENEMY
SPLIFF STAR, FLIPMODE SQUAD