Heavy Rotation with Mistah F.A.B. (Bay Area Edition)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

The Bay Area is a hotbed for hip-hop talent, and has birthed superstars such as Too $hort and E-40 who have undoubtedly impacted the culture, but when compared to cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, The Bay just hasn’t made the same type of noise, or gotten the props that it deserves, on a nationwide scale. But this is not a knock at all on their artists. The Bay has their own hip-hop scene that’s been flourishing for years, where dope rappers have been able to build careers solely off their success moving units in their local market, thanks to strong hometown support from fans, radio stations, record stores, and live venues.

One artist who has been able to put himself on the map outside the region in recent years though is Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B., who has more than solidified himself as one of the Bay Area’s premiere talents coast to coast, thanks to his highly-respected freestyle and battle skills, and his ability to pen hot records, too. Check out his latest mixtape Hella Ratchet, and this murderous freestyle he spit on DJ Kay Slay’s show during a recent trip to New York for proof.

But truth be told, there are a slew of artists in the Bay Area that are killing it right now. Some are starting to get national exposure, while others are bubbling heavily on the local level. So for this special edition of Heavy Rotation, we asked Mistah F.A.B. to pick five songs by Bay Area artists that he’s currently listening to the most, and that we should all have on our radar. And F.A.B. is a highly trusted source for this endeavor. He hosts a bi-monthly, open mic-style showcase called Oakland Live, where all the dopest up-and-coming artists come through to perform, and around-the-way legends like Spice 1, who made a guest appearance at this past week’s event, pop up too. So if anyone knows who’s doing it right now in The Bay, it’s Fabby Davis Jr. Get familiar.

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