THE NEWEST HIP-HOP OUT OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COULD PUT THE BAY AREA BACK ON THE NATIONAL MUSIC SCENE. BUT DOES THIS POST-'CRUNK' TREND HAVE STAYING POWER?

THE NEWEST HIP-HOP OUT OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COULD PUT THE BAY AREA BACK ON THE NATIONAL MUSIC SCENE. BUT DOES THIS POST-'CRUNK' TREND HAVE STAYING POWER?

Did we lose you? If we did, what we said, more or less, was "Check it out, player, it's time to get crazy." If we didn't, you have the San Francisco Bay Area to thank.Northern California has long been a breeding ground for hip-hop's most contagious slang. But 2005 might be the year that it spawns a nationwide music movement--and finally gets the "Yay Area" some props. One of the most infectious regional singles of 2004 was a tune called "Hyphy," by the group The Federation, whose debut, "The...
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