Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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Reminder: Bay Area Rap


Last month, while I was making a friend a mixtape of my favorite 50 rap songs, I knew that I was bound to want to kick myself after sending it to him (and, foolhardily, publishing the list here) because I was surely forgetting something. I was proven right later that very week, when I saw that Awl contributor Willy Staley (who had censured me for including so few Californian rap songs on my list) had made his own list, "The 50 Greatest Bay Area Rap Songs," for Complex.com. Sure enough, right there at no. 1, deservedly, was "I Got 5 On It," by the Oakland duo Luniz—a tremendously great song, one I definitely would have on my list, but one that had totally slipped my mind. Now, as if to rub salt on my neurotic, self-inflicted wound, Complex offers another great Bay Area rap slide show: "Rap Atlas: Oakland." It's a much fun—full of music and information, and very easily to get lost in for an hour of your day. Best (or worst) of all, it's the first in a series. So I'm sure I'll be reminded of lots of other songs I'll rue leaving off my stupid list.

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FINALLY.

And Lyrics Born better be on the list.

Multiphasic (#411)

Yeah, no. That list is awfully unkind to the backpacker set. No Hiero, no Automator, no Anticon.

I can just hear KALX laying aside its Franz Fanon reader and indignantly yelping, "What are we, irrelevant?"

iantenna (#5,160)

souls of mischief counts as hiero, no?

The name check for Maggie Seaver for gets me every time.

iantenna (#5,160)

also, my homie matthew africa's blog is a killer window into some of the darker recesses of bay area hip-hop. it's not exclusively about bay hip-hop but it is exclusively awesome.

This begs the whole "rap" vs. "hip hop" question.

Invisibl Skratch Piklz?

Multiphasic (#411)

I still stand by the Sasha Frere-Jones definition. To paraphrase: "Rap is particular style of primarily black popular music. Hip-hop is what sociologists call rap."

Multiphasic (#411)

(It suddenly occurs to me that this might've been Sacha Jenkins' definition, actually.)

Benny Goldman (#8,638)

Is this available as one list because I don't have 45 minutes to sit through a semi-broken slideshow.

Benny Goldman (#8,638)

Who am I kidding? Got sidetracked listening to the Coup anyway. First thoughts — 2005-beyond E-40 and Too $hort makes me sad. Just pick ANYTHING from before that.

bay_gangsta_rapper (#21,614)

Some of you are probably looking for some good, hyphy, gangsta Bay Area Rap Music… produced by some of the best Bay Area Rap artists! (DJ Taylordmade feat {J-Stalin, AP-9, Ms. Williams, Sweet Geez, Vellquan and many others from the Bay Area}). This album, "Looking Back Classics", is also a good compilation example of hiphop&rap!
http://bit.ly/lookingbackclassics -> check out this album for a couple of bucks on iTunes!

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