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The Best Rappers From The Bay Area

Updated June 3, 2020 14.8k votes 1.8k voters 59.4k views99 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • Tupac Shakur1
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  • E-403
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  • The Jacka6
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  • Keak da Sneak8
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  • Del tha Funkee Homosapien19
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  • Messy Marv20
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  • Husalah25
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