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”

2. Luniz, “I Got 5 On It”

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

Can’t forget the epic remix.

4. Rappin 4 Tay, “Playaz Club”

5. Mac Dre, “Thizzle Dance”

6. Zion I, “Coastin’”

7. Keak da Sneak, “Super Hyphy”

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)”

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

10. Too $hort, “The Ghetto”

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”

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

13. 415, “Sideshow”

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

15. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, “Mistadobalina”

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


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

18. Too $hort, “Blow the Whistle”

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

20. Digital Underground, “Freaks of the Industry”

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”

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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