Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top 10 Hella Tight Bay Area Rap T-Shirts

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

click to enlarge Hiero Mickey shirt by Hieroglyphics. - HIERO IMPERIUM
  • Hiero Imperium
  • Hiero Mickey shirt by Hieroglyphics.

Here in the Yay Area, we like to wear our affection for local rap on our sleeves. Our favorite hip-hop T-shirts are largely silly novelties that make us smile, with a sprinkling of iconic imagery that has lasted in some cases for as long as 20 years. Whether Hieroglyphics or Humpty Hump, here are our top 10 old and new classics.

See Also:

* Blondie's Debbie Harry Is Still Not Used to Seeing Her Face on T-Shirts

click to enlarge Unisex crew shirt by Lil Debbie. - LILDEBBIE.ORG
  • Unisex crew shirt by Lil Debbie.
10. Lil Debbie Unisex Crew Neck East Bay native Jordan Capozzi (aka Lil Debbie) has amassed a cult following for her stylish looks, first given a platform as part of the White Girl Mob in Kreayshawn's viral video "Gucci Gucci" in 2011. Her daily postings on Instagram instantly get thousands of likes, and now you can wear a picture of her smoking in the bathtub close to your heart.
Hip Hop Godfather shirt by Mac Dre.
  • Hip Hop Godfather shirt by Mac Dre.
9. Hip-Hop Godfather Sadly, rapper Mac Dre's life was cut short before the full impact of his career could be realized, but his influence is still felt both in the music and in the style of the scene. His Godfather status is frozen in time with this artifact.
Pre-ratchetness, there was hyphy.
  • Pre-ratchetness, there was hyphy.
8. Got Hyphy? It has been more than five years since the heyday of hyphy, throwing this shirt firmly into throwback-humor territory. We got hyphy, past tense, but this is a great placeholder until our next term for the crunk-hearted takes hold.
Rest in Peace shirt by Rapbay. - RAPBAY
  • Rapbay
  • Rest in Peace shirt by Rapbay.
7. Rest in Peace by Rapbay A true local music fan will really feel this sobering, heartfelt tribute to many of the fallen soldiers of Bay Area rap music. Artists honored include Mac Dre, Cougnut, Rappin Ron, and 2Pac.
Hammertime shirt by MC Hammer. - DEFUNKT.COM
  • Hammertime shirt by MC Hammer.
6. Hammertime by MC Hammer This 22-year-old relic is a vintage reminder of when pants were parachute-y and the whole world got to know a funky brother from the city of Oakland. And since the '90s retro fever is officially in full swing, this is definitely a good one to dust off from your mom's closet.
  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

About The Author

Tamara Palmer


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"