Bay Area Rapper San Quinn
San Quinn, born Quincy Brooks, was born October 24, 1977 in Oakland, California. He later moved to San Francisco at a very young age and grew up there. He is signed to, and is the owner of Done Deal Entertainment, LLC. Quinn recorded his first album, Don't Cross Me, in 1991. He contributed to JT the Bigga Figga's Playaz N' the Game and Get Low Playaz' Straight Out of the Labb. after which he recorded a pair of of albums for Get Low Recordz, including Live N Direct.
D.U.S.T. from Zion I
This trio of genre-bender pride has made a name for itself on the Bay Area scene by successfully mixing spiritualism and hip-hop. Oakland's MC Zumbi and DJ/producer Amp Live blend hip-hop and trip-hop beats with lyrics focused on a message of unity, hope, and spiritual awareness. After a couple of indie hits, the trio slowly made inroads while opening for rap royalty like De La Soul, Rakim, and Run-D.M.C. Their debut album, Mind Over Matter, was released in May of 2000 and features collaborations with fellow Bay Area rappers Rasco, Planet Asia, and the Grouch. Although Zion I operates out of Berkeley, the group was originally formed in Atlanta, making their music difficult to classify as strictly West Coast hip-hop. Their musical style makes them even harder to define. With a style that borrows from hip-hop, trance, drum'n'bass, and reggae, Zion I's style is equally mystical and mystifying.