The Bay Area has gained a lot of attention recently for its “Hyphy Movement.” Now, it’s in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.
“Ghost riding the whip” first took a national stage during Bay Area legend E-40’s video Tell Me When to Go
hit video airwaves. For those of you who aren’t up on all things Hyphy,
“ghost riding” occurs when a vehicles driver puts the car in neutral
and either walks or dances around or on top of the vehicle.
Davender Gulley paid the ultimate price for ghost riding last month.
The 18-year-old died after his head smacked a parked car while he hung from his SUV window. In Canada , a 36-year-old man was killed when he fell from the top of his vehicle while dancing on it.
The trend, which has spawned countless You Tube videos, has authorities alarmed.
"It did not take Einstein to look at this thing and say this was a recipe for disaster," Pete Smith, a police spokesman in Stockton stated in an AP report. "We could see the potential for great injury or death."
In addition to You Tube, ghost riding has become more popular thanks to new songs about the practice rise from the Bay Area.
Another Bay Area emcee, Mistah F.A.B.
feels that the practice has gotten out of control and would like to see
side shows take center stage in a controlled environment.
"It would be like a ghetto NASCAR," he said of the vision.