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"Think of it as sorta like in 2007, when teenagers used to run around telling each other they "only listened to 90s R&B" for weird kudos points. [...] Ergo, Hype Williams is their collective attempt to relive 1998 via 2007. Weird, or what?"

Hype Williams were a Synth-Pop and experimental band most notably fronted by Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland. Their music is described as "hypnagogic pop", meaning it is pop concerned with the ideas of "cultural memory and nostalgia".

Dean Blunt says Hype Williams was a project passed down to them by the artist Denna Frances Glass, and they released the album Untitled in 2010. In 2010, they also released the album Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite, And Start Gettin Reel. In 2011, they released their album One Nation. In 2012, they released two albums under their 'real' names: The Attitude Era, a collection of unreleased tracks for The Guardian, and Black is Beautiful. In 2013, they posted this message on their Facebook page:


However, in 2015, more tracks were released under the Hype Williams name, such as "Distance". In 2016, the album 10 / 10 was released, the new owner of the identity of Hype Williams unknown.

Not to be confused with the music video director of the same name.

Tropes that apply to Hype Williams:

  • Breakup Breakout: Dean Blunt only became more famous after he left the band, although it certainly gave him a boost in popularity and an attentive audience.
  • Cover Version: Some. One example is "The Throning", which is a cover of Sade's "The Sweetest Taboo". Additionally, "Rescue Dawn" functions as this, taking the lyrics from the Pokemon theme song.
  • Drone of Dread: Found in "1 (Venice Dreamway)" from Black is Beautiful.
  • Epic Rocking: "MITSUBISHI", at about 7 minutes. Also, "Untitled 1"/"Chatline" from Untitled, "Untitled 4" from Untitled and "10".
    • Every song from Junt / Deez Ruins You See.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Han Dynasty No. 3" has an interesting version, where the music quickly fades out, fades in again, then abruptly cuts out.
  • Gratuitous Rap: In "9".
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: In "5".
  • Last Note Nightmare: In "Businessline" and "The Throning".
  • Leave the Camera Running: In "4" from Black is Beautiful, after the instruments all fade out, there is 30 seconds of silence, then a random shout.
  • Limited Lyrics Song: "Rescue Dawn 3".
  • List Song: Some of "Rescue Dawn", where the names of Pokemon are listed.
  • Miniscule Rocking: Many. Some examples are:
    • "Untitled (Andrea Lopez)"
    • "Jesus to a Child"
    • "Jesus to a Child Reprise"
  • Non-Appearing Title: Pretty much every song.
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Heard in "Han Dynasty No. 2". It doesn't appear to be from either Dean or Inga.
  • Revolving Door Band: Apparently.
  • Siamese Twin Songs: "Dragon Stout" and "Homegrown" from One Nation.
  • Spoken Word: A lot. Some examples are the two "Untitled" tracks in One Nation, and "Jesus to a Child Reprise".
  • Stage Names: "Dean Blunt" and "Inga Copeland", in fact. Their real names are Roy Nnawuchi and Alina Astrova, respectively.
  • Subliminal Seduction: A very common trope in their works, in the form of backwards messages. Most of their sound actually sounds like this.
  • Surreal Music Video: All of them.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Dean and Inga act as this in "9".