If you're a rapper, you need a hype man to get the crowd excited. That tradition goes all the way back to Grandmaster Flash, whose hype man MC Cowboy invented lines such as "throw your hands in the air (and wave 'em like you just don't care)," "clap your hands to the beat" and "everybody say ho!" Which paved the way for hip-hop's most famous hype man, Flava Flav, who added just the right amount of, well, flava to Public Enemy.
Unfortunately, the hype man for rapper Young Steady won't be joining those legendary ranks any time soon. The Internet has dubbed him "the worst rap hype man ever," and you can see why:
Let's break down exactly why this dude is so bad at hype...
1. A Sidekick Stays On The Side
When Batman and Robin go solve a crime, Robin doesn't get to drive the Batmobile. If you're a second banana, you can't make yourself the center of attention. Sure, you might become the main attraction eventually--Jay-Z and Tupac began their careers as hype men--but you've gotta pay your dues. Young Steady was supposed to be the star here, but he got overshadowed by his ridiculous protégé.
2. Less Is More
When you're cooking a steak, you put just a little salt on it, or else the meat will be inedible. Well, a rapper is like protein and a hype man is like sodium.
Instead of helping Young Steady, the hype man--who repeatedly smacks his pal with a baseball hat and screeches directly into his ear--is making the rapper's flow unsteady. A heckler would be less distracting!
3. That's Not Actually Hype
What the f**k is this guy even doing? He's not amping the crowd up; he just sounds like he's playing with dinosaur toys. (Top YouTube comment: "Thank you ... Pterodactyl God.") He might not have a future in music, sad to say, but if Steven Spielberg ever directs "Jurassic Park 4," Hollywood could have a new audio technician virtuoso.