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In Conversation: Black C and Mac Mall on Their Bay Area Rap Memoirs

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Editor’s note: This story is part of That’s My Word, KQED’s year-long exploration of Bay Area hip-hop history.

On Thursday night, Mac Mall and RBL Posse’s Black C came to KQED’s stage to discuss their published autobiographies live and in person. Representing a golden era for Bay Area rap, the two shared stories from their books about growing up in Vallejo and Hunters Point; surviving gang wars and shootings; scraping together resources to record classic debut albums; and prospering against all odds to stand as legends.

Watch above to see the discussion (starts at 21:00), co-presented by Litquake, with bonus performances of RBL Posse’s “A Part of Survival” and “Don’t Give Me No Bammer Weed,” and Mac Mall’s “Get Right,” “Sic Wit Tis” and “Wide Open.”

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