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    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)"

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    Can't forget the epic remix.

    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"

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    I'm personally partial to Keak's "That's My Word," though.

    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"

    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.

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

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

    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"

    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"

    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.

    22. RBL Posse, "Don't Give Me No Bammer Weed"

    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!