Moe Green, Vallejo's Everyman Rapper, Plays S.F. Tonight

Moe Green swims great.

Moe Green is just like you. He detests his job, for one thing. He struggles with insecurities both personal and professional. Occasionally, the 23-year-old feels undone by matters out of his control, like his age and relative lack of experience. The only difference between you and Moe might be that he is a great rapper.

Not too many people realize it. This everyman MC is one of the Bay's best kept secrets: a hit in certain circles (last summer KMEL included him as one of their Freshman 10), but still mostly a blip on the landscape — despite the release this week of Lionheart, Green's free new EP. He'll celebrate the release tonight, with a free performance at the Otis Lounge in S.F, and this Saturday night at 111 Minna.

The problem, Moe says, is the insularity of local hip-hop.

“The world is much bigger than the Bay Area,” he says. “You need to expand your

musical expansions, man. Just work on being dope.”

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