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Trent Fitzgerald is a New Jersey-based freelance writer who is obsessed with hip-hop and pop culture. Currently, he's a music writer for Townsquare Media properties. When he's not writing about your favorite rapper, he's copping sneakers and blogging on his personal rap blog, He also goes tumbling at When it's all said and done, he strives for good music and journalism excellence. Follow him on twitter @BeatsandRants.

10 R&B + Hip-Hop Artists Who Hail From Oakland

Keyshia Cole MC Hammer Goapele Raphael Saadiq
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The city of Oakland, Calif., has a rich and diverse music history. During the 1960s, the city developed the funk music scene, which sprouted influential bands like Sly & the Family Stone and Graham Central Station.

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Raphael Saadiq – R&B + Hip-Hop Artists From Oakland

Raphael Saadiq
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When it comes to soulful crooning, look no further than Raphael Saadiq. The singer-songwriter has achieved plenty of success both as a solo artist and a group member with Tony! Toni! Toné!

The Oakland artist has four studio albums under his belt, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated album, 'The Way I See It,' and his latest, 'Stone Rollin.'

Now, while most people are familiar with his solo

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Keyshia Cole – R&B + Hip-Hop Artists From Oakland

Keyshia Cole
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Keyshia Cole represents Oakland to the fullest. The 31-year-old singer started in the music business at the tender age of 12 years old. She honed her crooning skills singing background vocals for fellow Bay Area artists such as MC Hammer and D'Wayne Wiggins of Toni! Toni! Toné!

During her career, C

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Pointer Sisters – R&B + Hip-Hop Artists From Oakland

The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters were a hugely successful R&B group during the '70s and '80s. The trio consists of sisters June, Ruth and Anita Pointer. Growing up in West Oakland, they were reared to sing gospel music by their church-going parents, Reverend Elton Pointer and Sarah Pointer.

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MC Hammer – R&B + Hip-Hop Artists From Oakland

MC Hammer
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MC Hammer (real name Stanley Kirk Burrell) is a proud Oaklander who's still '2 Legit 2 Quit.' A former bat boy for the Oakland A's baseball team, Hammer earned his nickname for resembling baseball icon "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron.

As an entertainer, Hammer brought excitem

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Goapele – R&B + Hip-Hop Artists From Oakland

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Goapele is a rising star in the R&B game with beauty and vocals to match. The Berklee College Music alum first gain attention with her 2001 indie debut album, 'Closer.'

In 2002, she formed her own record label, Skyblaze Recordings, and repackaged her debut album with a new title, 'Even Closer,' releasing it nationwide. He

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