The Bay Area is rich with culture. It should be no surprise that some of the biggest names and revolutionaries, past and present, in the fields of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Hip Hop come from the fertile artistic soil of Northern California.

This Monday we feature a playlist that encompasses the wide range of genres that Bay Area African American artists have produced over six decades.

From the smooth crooning of Johnny Mathis, to the gritty hip hop of E-40, we’ve gathered a who’s who of Bay Area legends for you to listen to today.


1) Sugar Pie DeSanto – Soulful Dress
2) Raphael Saadiq – Love That Girl
3) En Vogue – Hold On
4) The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love)
5) Tony! Toni! Toné! – It Never Rains (In Southern California)
6) Johnny Otis – Willie And The Hand Jive
7) Tower Of Power – So Very Hard To Go
8) Sly & The Family Stone – Everybody Is A Star – mono single master
9) Blinky – I Wouldn’t Change The Man He Is – Live
10) Jimmy McCracklin – I Want to Make Love to You
11) MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
12) George Duke – Dukey Stick
13) George Duke – Summer Breezin’
14) Johnny Mathis – Wonderful! Wonderful! – Single Version
15) Etta James – Do I Make Myself Clear – Single Version
16) En Vogue – Don’t Let Go
17) The Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can
18) Sly & The Family Stone – Stand!
19) Raphael Saadiq – 100 Yard Dash
20) Lucy Pearl – Dance Tonight
21) The Roots – Sleep
22) The Edwin Hawkins Singers – Oh Happy Day