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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, BeatsandRants.com. He also goes tumbling at beatsnrants.tumblr.com. When it's all said and done, he strives for good music and journalism excellence. Follow him on twitter @BeatsandRants.
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10 R&B + Hip-Hop Artists Who Hail From Oakland

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

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

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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