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.
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
Rapper Del the Funkee Homosapien is probably the most well-known member of the Bay Area rap group Hieroglyphics. He made his first recorded appearance on his cousin Ice Cube's album 'Amerikkka's Most Wanted
Digital Underground is one of the most influential rap groups coming out of the Bay Area. Heavily influenced by George Clinton and the P-Funk sound, DU leader Shock G brought a funkier and playful vibe to hip-hop
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
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.
The Luniz -- rappers Yukmouth and Numskull -- originally started their music journey together in Oakland under the moniker Looney Tunes. Thankfully, they changed their name and the rest, they say, is Bay Area history
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