With his bouncing beats, inventive vocabulary, and true-to-life storytelling, Oakland rapper ALLBLACK is continuing the Bay Area’s legacy of wildly creative hip-hop.
∙ A high school athlete whose first love was football, his initial foray into music came when rapper 100s (who now goes by Kossisko) invited ALLBLACK to be his onstage hype man.
∙ His first releases, No Shame and No Shame 2, put ALLBLACK on the Bay Area map, but it was 2017’s KimSon that produced his first local anthem, “Canadian Goose.”
∙ Basketball star (and ALLBLACK fan) Klay Thompson invited the Oakland rapper to take part in the Golden State Warriors’ victory parade after the team won the NBA championship in 2018.
∙ He teamed up with superproducer Kenny Beats on 2018’s 2 Minute Drills.
∙ Alongside YG, ALLBLACK featured on “West Coast,” an all-star 2019 single from G-Eazy & Blueface that went Gold and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Bubblin Under Hot 100 chart.
∙ He joined Bay Area rap legend E-40 on Chippass’ 2019 single “Me,” and recruited Oakland icon Too $hort to appear on “Never,” a track from his 2020 album, No Shame 3.
BORNMarch 21, 1992