The heart of the West Coast hip hop scene and along with Los Angeles helped pioneer West Coast rap music since the 1980s, especially the Oakland music scene.
The Bay Area, broken down into Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond, Vallejo, San Jose and other surrounding cities, has its own sound, culture and movement that has influence communities and entire cities from around the country, especially Oakland Hip Hop.
Rappers from Oakland like Too Short, Yukmouth, Keak Da Sneak, Dru Down, MC Hammer, Richie Rich, The Luniz, Lil Rue, The Team, Shock G and Digital Underground, E-A-Ski, DJ Daryl, Steady Mobbin, 3XKrazy are some of the many Bay Area pioneers and legends.
Today, the next generation of Oakland rappers have been keeping up the legacy of Oakland hip hop and the Bay Area music scene.
Below is an example of some of the top Oakland hip hop artist, in no particular order, while some artist may be missing this is to show the talent of Oakland rappers.