Rap The Best Rappers From The Bay Area  

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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, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more
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E-40 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Earl Stevens better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Vallejo, California. He is a founding member of the rap group The Click, and the founder ...more
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Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Andre Louis Hicks, better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was an American rapper, and the initial founder of Thizz Entertainment, and the now defunct Romp Productions.
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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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Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Charles Toby Williams, commonly known by his stage name Keak da Sneak, is a rapper from Oakland, California. At the age of 16 he was known as Z-Kush, but he became known as "Keak da ...more
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Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Dre Dog is a member of the musical group, The Junkyard Band.
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The Jacka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Dominick Newton, better known by his stage name The Jacka, was an American rapper from Pittsburg, California. The Jacka got his start with his group, Mob Figaz, whose first album, C-Bo's Mob ...more
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Mistah F.A.B. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Stanley Petey Cox, best known as Mistah F.A.B., is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, community organizer and activist. Mistah F.A.B. is an acronym for ...more
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B-Legit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
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Luniz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Luniz or Da Luniz was an American platinum-selling hip hop duo from Oakland, California, formed by Yukmouth & Numskull. The group released an internationally successful hit in 1995 titled ...more
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Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Robert L. Green, Jr., better known by his stage name Spice 1, is an American rapper born in Corsicana, Texas. He has consistently been releasing solo and group albums since 1992. Spice 1 was ...more
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Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Anthony Forté, 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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Iamsu! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Iamsu! is a musical artist.
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Mac Mall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Mac Mall is a West Coast rapper who became known in the mid/late 1990s as one of the local artists putting the Bay Area on the hip hop map. Mac Mall was signed to Young Black Brotha Records. One ...more
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Messy Marv is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Marvin Watson Jr., better known by his stage name Messy Marv, is an American rapper who grew up in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California. He is the cousin of San Quinn, Stevie ...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, 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 Boy.
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Husalah is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Celly Cel is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Cougnut is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Ronald Fields, better known by his stage name Cougnut, was an American rapper from the Lakeview neighborhood of San Francisco, California.
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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Stanley Kirk Burrell, known professionally as M.C. Hammer, is an American rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, spokesman and occasional actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from ...more
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Dubee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
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Zion I is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Zion I is an American hip hop duo from Oakland, California, consisting of Baba Zumbi and Amp Live.
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Turf Talk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
Turf Talk, is a Bay Area rapper at the forefront of the hyphy movement. His unique style of delivery has earned both local and national acclaim. Turf Talk is the protégé and cousin ...more
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JT the Bigga Figga is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
JT the Bigga Figga is an American producer and rapper from the Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, California. He has produced music on over one hundred albums, for artists including Daz ...more
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The Federation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From The Bay Area
The Federation is a hip-hop group from Fairfield, California, part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The group consist of Doonie Baby, Stressmatic, and Goldie Gold, along with their producer Rick ...more