a performer who supports MCs on-stage by engaging the crowd with lyrical repetition, call-and-response, chanting, etc.
(this role is now often regarded as contemptible)
7L & Esoteric
"Speaking Real Words"
[Speaking Real Words]
I'll take your hype-man and beat him with the mic stand
- 2000-07-25 Kool Keith "Baddest M.C." [Matthew]
"The Abolition of Manchild"
Without me, it's all just hype-men, dat tapes, and back-up dancers
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