23 Essential Bay Area Hip-Hop Songs

Many rappers borrow style and slang from Bay artists, but the area’s long and thriving hip-hop culture has mostly stayed local. These classics prove why the rest of the world needs to take notice.

1. E-40, “Tell Me When To Go”

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2. Luniz, “I Got 5 On It”

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3. Luniz, featuring Too $hort, E-40, Richie Rich, “I Got 5 On It (Remix)”

Can’t forget the epic remix.

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4. Rappin 4 Tay, “Playaz Club”

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5. Mac Dre, “Thizzle Dance”

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6. Zion I, “Coastin’”

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7. Keak da Sneak, “Super Hyphy”

I’m personally partial to Keak’s “That’s My Word,” though.

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8. The Federation, featuring Keak Da Sneak, E-40, San Quinn, Turf Talk, “Hyphy (Remix)”

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9. Andre Nickatina, featuring San Quinn, “Ayo for Yayo”

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10. Too $hort, “The Ghetto”

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11. The Pack, “Vans”

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Before Lil B was a Based God, he was part of a wolf pack, championing Vans as the official shoe of the Bay, and repping Berkeley, as always.

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12. E-40, featuring T-Pain and Kandi, “U And Dat”

Why, yes; yes, that is Kandi Burruss from Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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13. 415, “Sideshow”

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14. Traxamillion, featuring Too $hort and Mistah F.A.B., “Sideshow”

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15. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, “Mistadobalina”

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16. 2Pac, featuring Digital Underground, “I Get Around”

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17. Mistah F.A.B., “Ghost Ride the Whip”

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18. Too $hort, “Blow the Whistle”

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19. Souls of Mischief, “93 ‘til Infinity”

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20. Digital Underground, “Freaks of the Industry”

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21. The Conscious Daughters, “Something To Ride To (Fonky Expedition)”

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RIP Special One.

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22. RBL Posse, “Don’t Give Me No Bammer Weed”

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23. Traxamillion, featuring San Quinn, Big Rich, and Boo Banga, “San Francisco Anthem”

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There are SO many more amazing songs from the Bay, so this is hardly a definitive “best of” list; rather, it’s only a start. Add your favorites in the comments!

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