Many Bay Area rappers think of themselves as exclusive and take a lot of pride in where they were born or the area where they founded their fame. People in this region center around “keeping it real” or truthful to those around them and there is also special lingo characteristic of this area. Many of the lyrics in rappers who live in the Bay Area such as Nef the Pharaoh, Sob x Rbe, Young Mezzy, and Mike Sherm revolve around making money, disheartening women, and the loyalty they have for their crew. The confidence to rap and talk about such things stems from a motto of these regional rappers where concentrating on money, representing where you’re from, and not letting others get in your way is essential to success.
Nef the Pharaoh – #Saydaat
Nef the Pharaoh, from Vallejo, CA, raps about how he came up rich at a young age. He mentions the luxuries he’s able to afford and makes references his place of origin.
Sob x Rbe – Calvin Cambridge
Sob x Rbe, a fairly new group from Vallejo, CA, raps about the exclusiveness of the group and where they’re from. With an aggressive rapping style, they talk about loyalty for their brothers, making money, and stealing women from haters.
Young Mezzy – So 4Real
This song speaks about the levels of trust Young Mezzy has for those who have stood with him through his come up. He also makes references to drugs, women, and the street where his gang is from.
Mike Sherm – Blue Faces
Solely about making money, Mike Sherm is notorious for rapping about his wealth and the disrespect he shows toward women. He is all about riches and gaining fame in order to strut at enemies.