What To Do In Hip-Hop's Hottest Capitals

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From rocking the flashiest grills to cruising in the hottest rides, here is Billboard's guide to flexing in four of hip-hop's capitals.

BAY AREA

THE FASHION
The Bay has infused its skate and surf culture into the sneaker and streetwear game for over 30 years. Undefeated and Nice Kicks have locations in San Francisco, while SoleSpace and Georgio’s hold it down in Oakland, Calif.

THE FAST LANE
It’s best to travel a bit out of the area when looking for luxury whips to roll through the sideshow. Los Gatos Luxury Cars has everything from the oft-name-checked Bentley Mulsanne to the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

THE FLOSS
Looking for VVS diamonds? Hit up Highline Custom Jewelry, which keeps the city’s artists resplendent in grills, chains and pendants.

THE FOOD 
The Bay’s food scene is as diverse as its residents. “I go straight to Mill’s Hoagies every time I land,” says rising MC Kamaiyah. “Give me a cheeseburger hoagie, pronto!”

ARTISTS TO WATCH  
SOBxRBE, ALLBLACK, JT the 4th​

HOUSTON

THE FASHION 
Premium Goods is considered a staple in the city’s streetwear scene, complete with vintage Houston sports gear from championship years past. Looking for consignment deals? Check out Sneaker Summit, where rappers like Bun B shop.

THE FAST LANE
Riding slow and low has put Houston on the car-culture map. SLAB Customs is the destination for that style of transformation. If you want something foreign, check out Expo Motorcars for fancy coupes and wagons.

THE FLOSS
“Go to 6Johnny Dang’s on Richmond [Avenue] to get that ice in your smile nice and bright,” says rapper Ashton Travis.

THE FOOD 
Check out Mikki’s Soul Food Café for down-home Southern cuisine, or Jackson Street BBQ for a locals-only spot. But if you’re in a hurry, Whataburger is always a reliable choice.

ARTISTS TO WATCH
Maxo Kream, Don Toliver, Megan Thee Stallion

MIAMI 

THE FASHION 
Miami’s boutiques have some of the most prestigious brands in the business. MRKT houses top-tier labels like Vetements and Raf Simons. UNKNWN (LeBron James owns a stake) has Comme Des Garçons, John Elliot and Noon Goons.

THE FAST LANE
You may find your favorite rapper at Prestige Imports, which sells Bugatti Veyrons, the Pagani Huayra 2016 and the Lotus Evora 400.

THE FLOSS
Since the early 1990s, Franky Diamonds has provided exclusive pieces to a clientele that includes Trina, Gucci Mane, City Girls and WWE wrestler Ric Flair.

THE FOOD
“Go to 1-800 Lucky [food hall]. They have some of the best Asian restaurants in the city, and you can bust down on some karaoke, too,” says DJ Just Dimy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

ARTISTS TO WATCH
Ski Mask the Slump God, Wifisfuneral, Cassidy Shooster

PHILADELPHIA

THE FASHION 
P’s & Q’s in South Philly has carved out a niche with a brand roster that includes House of Future and 10.Deep, as well as in-store collaborations with brands like The Hundreds and Chinatown Market.

THE FAST LANE
The best bet for a luxury foreign ride is in nearby Palmyra, N.J.: FC Kerbeck carries the 2018 Bentley Flying Spur and coveted Lamborghini Aventador.

THE FLOSS
South Street’s Shyne Jewelers has emerged as the go-to for Meek Mill and his Dreamchasers crew, BlocBoy JB, 21 Savage and Rick Ross.

THE FOOD
Pass on Pat’s and Geno’s cheesesteaks and head to Ishkabibbles (a Questlove fave), Max’s or Dalessandros. A hidden gem is Mt. Airy Deli’s signature salmon cheesesteak.

ARTISTS TO WATCH
Tierra Whack, Kur, LGP Qua

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 29 issue of Billboard.