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Geoffrey’s was a club owned by Geoffrey Peete, a big wheel in Oakland’s African-American community. It was kind of known as the bougie spot, but that place has also seen a lot of hip-hop over the years. They used to have label showcases there, as well as Player’s Balls with Too $hort. My biggest Geoffrey’s hip-hop memory was a Loud showcase for Xzibit when he was young and hungry, just trying to get put on. He had “Paparazzi” out but no one knew who he was. This was way before “Bitch Please” or Pimp My Ride or any of that. Knowing the entire 4080 crew was there, he ripped the mic so bad it needed stitches afterward. He earned his profile in the magazine.

Xzibit - "Paparazzi"