9. THE BAY AREA
Rappers Who Rep: Mistah Fab, Keak da Sneak, Too $hort, Mac Dre, E-40, Lil B
City Anthem: E-40 “Tell Me When To Go”
Unofficial Mayor: E-40
Why It’s Important: Yes, we know the Bay Area isn’t officially a city (it actually includes San Francisco, Vallejo and Oakland), but The Bay as a whole is too legendary to ignore. Early ’90s OGs like Digital Underground not only shifted the game with their funky bars but also took one of the greatest rappers under their wing in Tupac Shakur. E-40 has made it a mission to help the Bay get its just dues. And sonically, the area’s influence continues trickling down to the next generation. Drake’s “The Motto” and Tyga’s “Rack City” are infused with the heavy bass and drum lines popularized in the Bay. Without The Bay Area’s contributions, our lives would be a lot less bouncy.