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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.

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  • 1

    Sheila E.

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsRicky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st, Romance 1600, The Glamorous Life, Sex Cymbal, Sheila E.

    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 a...  more

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  • 2

    Del tha Funkee Homosapien

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsI Wish My Brother George Was Here, No Need for Alarm, Both Sides of the Brain, Eleventh Hour, Future Development

    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....  more

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    Too $hort

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsLife Is... Too $hort, Born to Mack, Gettin’ It (album number ten), Shorty the Pimp, Married to the Game

    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, such...  more

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  • 4

    Raphael Saadiq

    Hip hop music, Neo soul

    AlbumsStone Rollin', Instant Vintage, All Hits at the House of Blues, The Way I See It, Ray Ray

    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 school" R&B since...  more

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    En Vogue

    Girl group, Pop music

    AlbumsFunky Divas, Masterpiece Theatre, EV3, Born to Sing, The Gift of Christmas

    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 Vogue...  more

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  • 6

    MC Hammer

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsPlease Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Let’s Get It Started, Too Legit to Quit, Look Look Look, The Funky Headhunter

    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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  • 7

    Keyshia Cole

    Hip hop music, Neo soul

    AlbumsCalling All Hearts, The Way It Is, A Different Me, Just Like You, Woman to Woman

    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 Hammer...  more

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  • 8

    Machine Head

    Nu metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsThe Blackening, Burn My Eyes, Through the Ashes of Empires, The Burning Red, Supercharger

    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 it...  more

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  • 9

    The Pointer Sisters

    Girl group, New Wave

    AlbumsEnergy, Break Out, Slow Hand, That's a Plenty, Black & White

    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 included...  more

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  • 10

    High On Fire

    Doom metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsDeath Is This Communion, Blessed Black Wings, The Art of Self Defense, Surrounded by Thieves, Snakes for the Divine

    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
  • 11


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsB-sides, Volume 1, Full Circle, The Kitchen, Full Circle Tour

    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 Del...  more

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  • 12

    Beats Antique

    World, Electronic music

    AlbumsTribal Derivations, Elektrafone, Contraption, Volume 2, A Thousand Faces

    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 different...  more
  • 13

    Digital Underground

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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

    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 Greg...  more

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    Zion I

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsHeroes in the City of Dope, Mind Over Matter, True & Livin', Break a Dawn, The Takeover

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

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  • 15

    Tony! Toni! Toné!

    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsSons of Soul, Lets Get Down, House of Music, The Revival, Hits

    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 Wiggins on lead...  more
  • 16


    Trip hop, Neo soul

    AlbumsCloser, Even Closer, Change It All, Break of Dawn, Play Remixed

    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....  more
  • 17

    David Murray

    Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop

    AlbumsSeasons, Sacred Ground, Fast Life, Antiquated Love, In Our Style

    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....  more
  • 18

    The Coup

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsSteal This Album, Kill My Landlord, Genocide & Juice, Party Music, Pick a Bigger Weapon

    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 revolutionarily-charged...  more
  • 19

    Souls of Mischief

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap

    Albums93 'til Infinity, No Man's Land, Montezuma's Revenge, Focus, Trilogy: Conflict

    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, Opio,...  more

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  • 20

    Tower of Power

    Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz

    AlbumsBack to Oakland, Tower of Power, Monster on a Leash, Souled Out, T.O.P.

    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 well-known...  more

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  • 21


    Doom metal, Post-metal

    AlbumsPain of Mind, Enemy of the Sun, Souls at Zero, Through Silver in Blood, Times of Grace

    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 band....  more

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  • 22


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    Albums100 Racks, United Ghettos of America, Million Dollar Mouthpiece, In Thugz We Trust, Half Baked

    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, Smoke-A-Lot...  more
  • 23


    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    AlbumsNu 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....  more
  • 24

    Richie Rich

    Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

    AlbumsThe Game, Seasoned Veteran, Half Thang, Don't Do It, Nixon Pryor Roundtree

    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....  more
  • 25

    Jason Cropper

    Rock music
    Jason Rosanoff Cropper (born June 27, 1971) is an American musician best known as an original member of the band Weezer....  more