The first time Kiyoshi Shelton visited San Diego, in 2010, he spent all of his time in the Gaslamp Quarter, located in the heart of downtown and known for its stellar nightlife. “I didn’t go anywhere else,” says the Michigan-born hip-hop artist. “I was so amazed by these few blocks.” Within a year, he’d become a local. “It was always sunny, everyone was nice. And tacos!” he says. “I just knew I had to live here.”