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List of Famous Bands from Oakland

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List of Oakland bands, listed by their level of fame. This Oakland musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Oakland bands are included, as well as many Oakland musicians of underground status. This list of Oakland musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Oakland bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

Everything from Sheila E. to Del tha Funkee Homosapien is included on this list.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Oakland?" or "What is a list of Oakland bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (118 items)
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Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ricky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st, Romance 1600, The Glamorous Life, Sex Cymbal, Sheila E., + more

Sheila Cecelia Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), better known under the stage name Sheila E., is an American percussionist, singer, author, and actress. She began her career in the mid-1970s as ...more

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Del tha Funkee Homosapie... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Funk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: I Wish My Brother George Was Here, No Need for Alarm, Both Sides of the Brain, Eleventh Hour, Future Development, + more

Teren Delvon Jones (born August 12, 1974), better known by his stage name Del the Funky Homosapien or Sir DZL, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and singer.

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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Dirty rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Life Is... Too $hort, Born to Mack, Gettin’ It (album number ten), Shorty the Pimp, Married to the Game, + more

Todd Anthony Shaw (born April 28, 1966), better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs, ...more

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The Best Too $hort Albums of All Time #105 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #40 of 138 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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Raphael Saadiq is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Hip hop music, Neo soul & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Stone Rollin', Instant Vintage, All Hits at the House of Blues, The Way I See It, Ray Ray, + more

Raphael Saadiq (; born Charles Ray Wiggins; May 14, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for "old ...more

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En Vogue is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Funky Divas, Masterpiece Theatre, EV3, Born to Sing, The Gift of Christmas, + more

En Vogue is an American R&B/pop vocal group whose original lineup consisted of singers Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Formed in Oakland, California in 1989, En ...more

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & House music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Let’s Get It Started, Too Legit to Quit, Look Look Look, The Funky Headhunter, + more

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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Keyshia Cole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Hip hop music, Neo soul & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Calling All Hearts, The Way It Is, A Different Me, Just Like You, Woman to Woman, + more

Keyshia M. Cole (born October 15, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, producer, and television personality. She was born in Oakland, California. Her career began when she met MC ...more

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The Best Keyshia Cole Albums, Ranked #668 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #729 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: The Blackening, Burn My Eyes, Through the Ashes of Empires, The Burning Red, Supercharger, + more

Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. The band's aggressive musicianship made ...more

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The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Energy, Break Out, Slow Hand, That's a Plenty, Black & White, + more

The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B singing group from Oakland, California, who achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over four decades, their repertoire has ...more

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#190 of 412 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #64 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #126 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Death Is This Communion, Blessed Black Wings, The Art of Self Defense, Surrounded by Thieves, Snakes for the Divine, + more

High On Fire is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California, that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band's frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner doom band ...more
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Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: B-sides, Volume 1, Full Circle, The Kitchen, Full Circle Tour, + more

Hieroglyphics, also known as the Hieroglyphics Crew and Hiero, is an American underground hip hop collective based in Oakland, California. The collective was founded in the early-1990s by rapper ...more

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#99 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers #132 of 206 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time #56 of 125 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

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Beats Antique is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Tribal Derivations, Elektrafone, Contraption, Volume 2, A Thousand Faces, + more

Beats Antique is an American experimental world fusion and electronic music group. Formed in 2007 in conjunction with producer Miles Copeland, the group has become noted for their mix of ...more
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Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Sex Packets, Sons of the P, The Humpty Dance, The Body-Hat Syndrome, ... Cuz a D.U. Party Don't Stop!, + more

Digital Underground was an American alternative hip hop group from Oakland, California. Their personnel changed and rotated with each album and tour.Digital Underground's leader and mainstay was ...more

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#254 of 408 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #89 of 138 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s #31 of 125 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

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Zion I is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Heroes in the City of Dope, Mind Over Matter, True & Livin', Break a Dawn, The Takeover, + more

Zion I is an American hip hop duo from Oakland, California. It consists of Baba Zumbi.

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The Best Zion I Songs #97 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers #33 of 99 The Best Rappers From The Bay Area

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Tony! Toni! Toné!... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Sons of Soul, Lets Get Down, House of Music, The Revival, Hits, + more

Tony! Toni! Toné! is an American soul/R&B group from Oakland, California, popular during the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. During the band's heyday, it was composed of D'wayne ...more

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Goapele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Trip hop, Neo soul & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Closer, Even Closer, Change It All, Break of Dawn, Play Remixed, + more

Goapele Mohlabane (; born July 11, 1977), is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter. Her name means to move forward in Setswana, a Southern African language.
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David Murray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop & Free jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Seasons, Sacred Ground, Fast Life, Antiquated Love, In Our Style, + more

David Murray (born February 19, 1955) is an American jazz musician who plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet mainly. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s.
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The Coup is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Steal This Album, Kill My Landlord, Genocide & Juice, Party Music, Pick a Bigger Weapon, + more

The Coup is an American hip hop band from Oakland, California. Their music is an amalgamation of influences, including funk, punk, hip hop, and soul. Frontman Boots Riley's ...more
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Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: 93 'til Infinity, No Man's Land, Montezuma's Revenge, Focus, Trilogy: Conflict, + more

Souls of Mischief is a hip hop group from Oakland, California, that is also part of the hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. The Souls of Mischief formed in 1991 and is composed of rappers A-Plus, ...more

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Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Back to Oakland, Tower of Power, Monster on a Leash, Souled Out, T.O.P., + more

Tower of Power is an American R&B-based horn section and band, originating in Oakland, California, that has been performing since 1968. There have been a number of lead vocalists, the most ...more

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Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Pain of Mind, Enemy of the Sun, Souls at Zero, Through Silver in Blood, Times of Grace, + more

Neurosis is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. It was formed in 1985 by guitarist Scott Kelly, bassist Dave Edwardson, and drummer Jason Roeder, initially as a hardcore punk ...more

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Yukmouth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 100 Racks, United Ghettos of America, Million Dollar Mouthpiece, In Thugz We Trust, Half Baked, + more

Jerold Dwight Ellis III (born October 18, 1974), better known by his stage name Yukmouth, is an American rapper from East Oakland, Oakland, California. He is the founder of The Regime, ...more
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415 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: Nu Niggaz on tha Blokkk, 41fivin', Big League Records Greatest Hits

415 was an American hip hop group that formed in Oakland, California in 1988. The group was composed of rappers Richie Rich and D-Loc, and producers DJ Daryl and J.E.D.
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Richie Rich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland

Albums: The Game, Seasoned Veteran, Half Thang, Don't Do It, Nixon Pryor Roundtree, + more

Richard Serrell, better known by his stage name Richie Rich, is a rapper from Oakland, California. He currently runs his own record label, Ten-Six Records.
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Jason Cropper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Genre: Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
Jason Rosanoff Cropper (born June 27, 1971) is an American musician best known as an original member of the band Weezer.