It’s OK To Call It ‘Frisco’: A Guide To San Francisco’s Regional Rap Microscenes

Even in the Bay Area––long an underdog in West Coast rap compared to its larger and more affordable foil L.A.––San Francisco has never been known as a hub of great rap music. Most of the Bay rappers and rap groups you might’ve heard of (Too $hort, E-40, Mac Dre, SOB x RBE, Nef the Pharaoh) hail from across the San Francisco Bay in Oakland, Berkeley, or Vallejo. 

Perhaps it’s because San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the world, especially for artists. Maybe it’s because of SF’s relatively small Black population (about 6% as of last year), much of which has migrated to the suburbs in

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