The Bay Is A Problem!

 |  July 21, 2011
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To be honest I think LA has the best overall burgeoning hip-hop scene in the country right now.  That being said, the San Francisco/Oakland area is most definitely making it’s mark on the hip-hop scene of 2011.  While I have never been to the Bay I have made some observations from a far.

1)  It seems like The Bay is one of the few metropolitan areas in this country where an artist can maintain somewhat of a regional career.  You can make a living being an artist from The Bay who is mainly relevant in The Bay.  Can’t say that about a lot of places in this country right now.

2) Although The Bay is located in Northern California the music from the area seems to be more influenced by music from say New Orleans or Memphis as opposed to say LA.  There is just a gulliness to Bay music that ends up reminding me of southern hip-hop.

3) It’s way deeper than hyphy.

Below are some artists that I feel best represent this new movement in the Bay.

Lil B

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Do I really have to write anything about this guy?  No.  You already know!

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Kreayshawn

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Everyone’s favorite or least favorite rapper depending on who you talk to.  I call it the Kreayshawn Effect.  Kreayshawn and her White Girl Mob are helping put The Bay on the map.  Even if people don’t like it.

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Main Attrakionz

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To be honest if you come to the site regularly I should have forced these guys on you by now.  The kings of Lo-Fi indie rap just don’t stop dropping mixtapesThey just don’tPlus their video swag is highly impressive.  You can tell these guys are just dropping music because they love to do it.  They love the culture and it’s not some contrived ploy to make money.  That’s what rap music should really be about.  Plus they are just so raw.  You gotta f*ck with it.

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G5 The Jett

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Too be honest this kid just makes generic fly guy type rap.  But it’s awesomely generic much like how Fabolous’ music is awesomely generic.  I think he has some potential.  Be sure to check out his Flight 187 mixtape.

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DB Tha General

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Personally I can’t co sign this guys music.  However when I interviewed Kreayshawn she put me onto his movement.  Men lie, women lie, youtube numbers don’tDude gets hits.  While he may one of the weakest followings nationally compared to other artists here, I’ve been told people in The Bay f*ck with this dude the heaviest.  He recently dropped an album boldly titled, Tha King Of Oakland.

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Roach Gigz

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Absolutely hated this guy when I first heard his music.  His publicist reluctantly got me to check him out, and I didn’t f*ck with him at all.  However he much like DB Tha General had crazy youtube numbers so I kind of f*cked with dude by default.   It wasn’t until after I interviewed Roach, and repeatedly watched this “Syrup Thighs” video that things changed.  Same thing happened with “Goomba Pimpin/Kirplunk” as well, and it was a wrap.  Pulled the Al Gore flip flop and decided that I was a fan.  Should check his “Can I Rap” video and cop his B*tch, I’m Player EP while you are at it.


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