Dec 7, 2015

One of Richmond’s most famous hip hop artists, Iamsu!, was recently featured in a Fader music magazine segment called “The Slang Show,” where he was asked to talk about a California-born slang word.

As shown in the above video, he presented the term “Yee,” which he says was coined by people living at Kennedy Manor in South Richmond, a housing complex that has since been renamed as Monterey Pines Apartments.

“How I use it is when I get somebody’s attention across the street, you would yell, “Yee!” Iamsu says.

The video was produced earlier this year but has recently been spreading on social media.

Iamsu!, member of the local group the Heartbreak Kids, has been busy touring the world as his fans anticipate the release of his next album KILT 3. His tour has returned to the states. He played last night in Fresno and his next show is Dec. 18 in Santa Cruz. See his website for more information.

The above photo was published on Iamsu!’s Facebook account.


  1. WRONG!!!! Yee actually originated as a Norteno gang call way back in th 80’s. Then other parts of the Rich started using it because it sounded cool in the 90’s.

    Dizz | Dec 7th, 2015
  2. This fu fu ass weirdo not from the manor or southside he not really even from richmond.

    RealRichmond | Dec 7th, 2015
  3. This is from 2008….. nit in richmond… and this articles bullshit… and he isnt really from richmond..

    tystick | Dec 7th, 2015
  4. Bull shit he aint invent that that shit IT is from Richmond tho i still use it everyday.i be in the streets since i was young using it thats what you do (YEEEEEEE) TO THE CRACKHEADS GET THAT BUNDEL OF ROCKS OF WHAT YALL KNOW ABOUTS THAT …..NOW….400 BLK & FLORIDA REAL NIGGAS KNOW WASUP MAINE LINE…SOUF RICHMOND.CUZ.

    KEAK FROM THE RICH | Dec 8th, 2015

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