Boots Riley

THE COUP

Hailing from Oakland, CA, The Coup is a long-running rap group lead by rapper/lyricist Raymond “Boots” Riley. 

While perhaps best-known for a shockingly prescient and ill-timed album cover choice, the group has released some of the smartest, funkiest, funniest, and most politically right-on music in the genre. 

RyanNicole

Queen of Everything

In her own words, quadruple threat, RyanNicole “utilizes every gift available to her for the liberation of black folks”. Affectionately self-titled the “4A”, RyanNicole seeks opportunities to empower and inspire by way of her pursuits as an award winning Artist | Actress | Athlete | Activist.

Pep Love

Hieroglyphics

Pep Love — hip-hop artist and member of the music collective Hieroglyphics who has no interest in insinuating the illusion of wealth pushed by pop culture. 

Bambu

Bambu is a father, MC and community organizer. Raised in the Watts district of Los Angeles, as a young boy he experienced a life that other rappers have glorified, but rarely experienced. As he navigated through a turbulent youth, Bambu turned around the destructive energy that surrounded him and poured it into making music.

Coco Peila

Deuce Eclipse

“We are blessed with our own style and I just want to voice mine. I know I have something important to say.” Emcee Deuce Eclipse is driven by a desire to express himself through music. His goal is to create an open universal sound, which he describes as “Freedom Style” or “Indigenous Noise.” 

Hazel Rose

Hazel Rose is a lyricist and singer from San Francisco. Growing up in the Bay Area, she was inspired by its history of social movements and dynamic arts scene from a young age. Since elementary school she wrote her own songs and became drawn to complex lyricism, ranging from Outkast to Joni Mitchell. In high school she began to explore performance art, spoken word poetry and community engagement through arts education

Jeff Turner

From the South Bay, Jeff Turner has been turning heads across the country. Named one of Thizzler's Bay Area Freshmen 15, a core member of TeamBackPack and headlining tours with his rich content and incredible live show, he is definitely a Master of Ceremonies

Dom Jones

International Songwriting Competition Winner: 1st Place R&B/Hip-Hop Singer. Songwriter. Emcee. Author. Poet. Entrepreneur. Berklee College of Music c/o 2019

Alia Sharrief

Alia Sharrief arrives for our interview wearing an oversized T-shirt that reads “Danger: Educated Black Woman” over her tunic. It's paired with a flowing red and black hijab. Her grandmother, Margaret Block, was a well-known Black Panther; after she passed away in 2015, Sharrief Googled her name and ...

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Hieroglyphics Crew

The members of the influential hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics grew up within walking distance of each other in Oakland. ... with its original lineup: Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, DJ Toure, Phesto, A-Plus, Opio and Tajai — the last four of whom make up the rap group Souls of Mischief.

OPIO (Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics)

Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics

As a teen, Opio hooked up with local rappers Tajai and A-Plus, whom he met through Casual, another emcee who was Opio's classmate and neighbor. The three instantly clicked and began recording together, soon adding fourth emcee Phesto Dee, to form the group Souls of Mischief. Together with Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Domino, and Pep Love, the legendary crew Hieroglyphics was born. 

 

Richie Cunning

The world you live in is not what you think it is. There is another world hidden between the cracks of that which you know. In this world, there is a man that you will not find in any history books or credit reports. He cannot be seen with the human eye at “the mall” or “the club”. He is known only as Richie Cunning and there are very few people that even know of his existence. Countless believers have reported first-hand sightings

Kaila Love

UC Berkeley Graduate,  political science major and rapper, talks about politics, how her personal experiences have influenced her music and what being a woman means to her. 

L*Roneous

L*Roneous… the name alone is revered within circles of hip hop purists, globally. This is NOT simply a rap act. L*Roneous is a special talent with an impeccable vision. Based in northern California’s bay area, a community rich in art and culture (with a renegade/rebel spirit) L*Roneous is not only a representative of that, he is a reflection of it. This is not a glitz and glamour campaign. The music is the message. The message is the music. just listen…

Khafre Jay

Khafre Jay might be the hardest working man in Bay Area Hip Hop. He's rocked with legends in 38 states like Rakim, Method Man, Dead Prez, Krs1, Jean Grae, and even Tone Loc to name a few. He is a veteran of the Bay Area music scene, and is an accomplished stage performer with over 25 years of ...

CHHOTI MAA

Born out of a tradition of immigrants and forced by the Mexican brain drain effect my raps have roots in my grandmothers recitiation. I developed through poetry and then established myself as a rapper in Richmond VA, but really deepened my lyrical skills in Trujillo, Peru. My music deals with a post colonial identity, immigrant swag representing the woman temple.

Orukusaki

OrukusaKi One of the original founders of the Bay Area Hip-Hop group Forensic Science, OrukusaKicontinued working with other groups and on music projects after the group disbanded(2007) to pursue other interests. Currently, he is performing solo and working with a variety of bands in the San Francisco Bay Area as ...

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Rocky Rivera

She is an artist who makes movement music for the masses. Rocky's music is a soundtrack for social justice and a rallying cry to challenge the dominant norms of society. Since her first project, Rocky has been challenging the normalcy of misogyny and patriarchy plaguing Hip Hop. But the most important element of Rocky's ...

Equipto

Bored Stiff, Solidarity Records


Any true west coast underground hip hop fan can tell you that it is ALWAYS a good time when Equipto comes to town. Whether with Andre Nickatina, the Bored Stiff crew, or any of the countless names he’s worked with throughout the years.

Kev Choice

The only reason Kev Choice isn't better known on the West Coast jazz scene is that he's spent much of the past two decades immersed in hip hop and R&B. But make so mistake, the Oakland-reared pianist is a highly trained improviser with deep insights into the jazz tradition. In his trio, he draws on his love of Herbie ...

MADlines

founder of the spiritual hip-hop collective, Brujalyfe with her friend and frequent collaborator, CHHOTIMAA. Brujalyfe curates shows, healing circles, and leads workshops that center women and LGBTQX healers. Soon after, Maddy began collaborating with talented producer, Allie “XOA” Howard. Together ...

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Nu Dekades

Golden Age

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Shy'An G

(pronounced "Shy-ON") G. is an emcee, poet, and producer who grew up in Berkeley and Oakland, California. She incorporates just enough of a more recent sound in hip-hop, while still keeping it friendly to those with a soulful, old school hip-hop and Neo-soul ear. She has opened shows for artists such as Kurtis ...

Kensho Kuma

 Born in Yokohama, Japan and moving with his family to the United States in '85, Kensho Kuma, hip-hop enthusiast turn Japanese-American emcee and 6th-grade teacher in Oakland, CA has some of the best lyricism techniques and boom-bap beats around the Bay ...

Senior Gigio

Señor Gigio Whether it be through rapping highly-technical yet funky dope flows, crooning bluesy soul ballads or experimenting with bold alternative sounds, Señor Gigio doses his audience with the pure magic that life itself is made of.

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