DB Tha General and Lil Boosie
Key Song: DB Tha General "OG Music"
With a high-pitched, shouted, shredded vocal style and street-oriented content, it would be hard to ignore Bay Area rapper DB Tha General's similarity to Lil Boosie. In fact, DB himself hasn't avoided it, anointing himself the Bay Area Lil Boosie, although he seems unconcerned by the comparisons. It helps that the Bay Area has long been a world unto itself when it comes to hip-hop; adapting a Southern rapper's vocal tone for a local context is like rocking popular gear in a fresh way, and DB has a strong enough personality—and completely different musical and lyrical approach—that he never seems overly indebted, despite the obvious similarity. —David Drake