Best Rappers - 2006
San Quinn and Messy Marv
The Bay Area hip hop scene is on fire and the world is tuning into our multifaceted sound in a way that it hasn't since Tupac's death. Case in point: Vallejo rapper E-40 sold more than 90,000 copies of his LP My Ghetto Report Card in its first week, debuting at No. 3 on the pop charts. Let's hope this wave of attention brings some deserved light to San Francisco rap veterans San Quinn and Messy Marv, who have more than 25 years of microphone experience between them. Quinn's record label, Done Deal Entertainment, is having a huge year with his latest album, The Rock, as well as his little brother Bailey's debut, Champ Bailey. And Marv has the cojones to use his incisive cuts to skewer big names like 50 Cent, who continues to look toward the Bay Area for slang and song concepts. Let's just say the top dogs should be afraid of the nipping at their heels.