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Rap in Public

6 days ago   |   By Open Space

All photos: Stephanie Lister.
I got the North, got the East, got the West with me...
- Mistah F.A.B. “N.E.W. Oakland”
The early 2010s saw a surge of vital hip-hop emerge from the streets of North Oakland. Blast Holiday rapped with an air of head-nodding stoicism, voluble but smooth. He often guested on songs by the more trenchant HD of Bearfaced. Both gravitated toward swaggering, mid-tempo beats with soulful interpolations, and their joint songs, such as “Buck Fifty,” are spitfire exchanges of clever boasts and whimsy-tempered menace. They also shared a defiant, colorful regionalism...
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