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The Best Rappers From The Bay Area 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated June 3, 2020 9.3k votes 1.3k voters 43.8k views 99 items

List Rules Only rappers born or raised in the SF Bay Area.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from the San Francisco Bay Area. Including both solo artists, like Tupac and G-Eazy, and hip hop groups, like The Federation and The Heartbreak Gang, this list of the most popular Bay Area rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in Northern California as well as Oakland rappers and San Jose rappers. Thanks to E-40 and Keak da Sneak, NorCal rappers popularized the hyphy movement. Who are the top Bay Area rappers of all-time?

Vote up the best hip hop artists from the Bay, and add any other Bay Area rappers if they're missing from this list. 

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Tupac Amaru Shakur ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is ...more

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Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Andre Louis Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was an American rapper, hip hop pioneer, and record producer based in Vallejo, California. He was ...more

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E-40 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Earl T. Stevens (born November 15, 1967), better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper and actor. He is a founding member of the rap group The Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It ...more

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Too Short is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
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Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Andre L. Adams (born March 11, 1970), better known by his stage name Andre Nickatina, is an American rapper from San Francisco, California. He previously performed under the stage name Dre Dog.
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Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Robert Lee Green, Jr. (born July 2, 1970), better known by his stage name Spice 1, is an American rapper from Hayward, California. He began releasing albums in 1992 and was ranked number 56 in ...more

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The Jacka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Dominick Newton (August 12, 1977 – February 2, 2015), better known by his stage name The Jacka, was an American rapper from Pittsburg, California. The Jacka began his career as part of the rap ...more
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Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Charles Kente Williams (Bowens) (born October 21, 1977), commonly known by his stage name Keak da Sneak, is a rapper from Oakland, California; He is known for his scratchy, gruff voice and for ...more

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Luniz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Luniz (formerly the LuniTunes) is a duo from Oakland, California, formed by Yukmouth and Numskull. The group is best known for the internationally successful hit in 1995 titled "I Got 5 on

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B-Legit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
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Mistah F.A.B. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Stanley Petey Cox (born January 23, 1982), best known as Mistah F.A.B., is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, community organizer and activist. Mistah F.A.B. ...more
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Celly Cel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Marcellus McCarver, better known by his stage name Celly Cel, is an American rapper from Vallejo, California. He released his first single, Lifestyle of a Mack, on his independent record label ...more
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G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Gerald Earl Gillum better known by his stage name G-Eazy or Young Gerald, is an American rapper, songwriter and producer born and raised in Oakland, California. G has released numerous mixtapes ...more

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Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Anthony Forté (born Anthony H. Forté, March 2, 1968), better known by his stage name Rappin' 4-Tay, is an American rapper from the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California.
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Mac Mall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Jamal Rocker (born June 14, 1975 in Vallejo, California), professionally known by his stage name Mac Mall, is an American hip hop recording artist who became known in the mid/late 1990s as one ...more
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San Quinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Quincy Brooks IV (born October 24, 1977), better known by his stage name San Quinn, is an American rapper from San Francisco, California. He is the cousin of Messy Marv, Stevie Johnson, and Ya
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Iamsu! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Stanley Kirk Burrell (born March 30, 1962), better known by his stage name MC Hammer (or simply Hammer), is an American rapper, dancer, record producer and entrepreneur. He had his greatest ...more

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Messy Marv is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Marvin Watson Jr. (born March 19, 1976), better known by his stage name Messy Marv, is an American rapper who began his career in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California.
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Kamaiyah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
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Cougnut is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Ronald Fields (January 11, 1968 – September 4, 2001), better known by his stage name Cougnut, was an American rapper from the Lakeview neighborhood of San Francisco, California.
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Husalah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
James Ratliff, known by his stage name Husalah is an American rapper from Pittsburg, California. He began his career with the Pittsburg group the Mob Figaz, whose first album, C-Bo's Mob Figaz, ...more
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Saweetie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Diamonté Harper (born July 2, 1993), known professionally as Saweetie, is an American rapper and songwriter from Hayward, California. After the release of her debut single, "Icy ...more

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JT the Bigga Figga is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Joseph Tom, better known by his stage name JT the Bigga Figga (also known as Figg Panamera), is an American rapper, record producer, film producer and record executive from the Fillmore ...more
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Dubee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area