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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.

But it’s also home to soul and hip-hop music, as well. Legendary hip-hoppers Too Short and Digital Underground brought the P-Funk to rap with their unique artistry. The Pointer Sisters gave soul music some pop and MC Hammer brought excitement and entertainment to hip-hop.

Oakland is still a vibrant musical city. Soulful artists like Keyshia Cole, Goapele and Raphael Saadiq are bringing attention to their hometown in Northern California. These and other artists make their city very proud.

In honor of the Bay Area, PopCrush presents 10 R&B and Hip-Hop artists from Oakland. Celebrate the city’s rich musical history with us.

See the First Artist From Oakland

Calling all Alicia Keys fans! Alicia Keys is currently on her Set the World on Fire tour and wants to get to know her fans in every city. She is asking fans to send in photos of themselves in their cities, and with those photos, she’ll create a new music video to be played at every city stop on her tour. To submit your photos to the ‘Your City Your Video’ project, go here. The next deadline for photo submissions for Keys’ tour dates in Atlanta, Greensboro, Toronto and Montreal is Monday, March 18. The submission period for dates prior to that has closed.

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