Keak da Sneak supposedly lives on a farm with his family somewhere outside Sacramento. Like Dave Chappelle, he leads a quiet, humble life that belies his status as one of the most important Bay Area rappers ever. Keak helped popularize hyphy a decade after he coined the term "hyphy" as a teenager growing up in Oakland. Keak's status as hyphy royalty, alongside artists like Mac Dre, E-40, Too Short, and Mistah F.A.B., is unquestioned.

This article covers a few of Keak's best songs from 1997 to 2008, the year when he released his best-known album Deified. Click through the image gallery to read on.