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Mac Dre

Mac Dre in 2002
Background information
Birth name Andre Hicks
Born Flag of the United States United States Oakland, California
Origin Vallejo, California
Died November 1, 2004 (age 34)

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Genre(s) Gangsta Rap, Hyphy
Years active 1989-2004
Label(s) Thizz Entertainment
Website Mac Dre at MySpace

Andre Hicks (July 5, 1970November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name, Mac Dre, was a San Francisco Bay Area-based gangsta rapper from Vallejo, California. He is considered one of the innovators of the hyphy music movement.[1] During his career in the rap world, he worked with artists like Snoop Dogg,[2] Dr. Dre's step brother Warren G, Kokane, Da'unda'dogg, Mistah F.A.B., MC Hammer, Mac Mall, San Quinn, E-40, Too Short, Ray Luv, and Keak Da Sneak. He also provided an uncredited hook to the track "Gotta Survive" off of Young Lay's Black N' Dangerous album, a track which featured Tupac Shakur.[3] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ... Hyphy (pronounced HI-fee; IPA: ) is a style of music and dance primarily associated with the Bay Area hip hop culture. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Thizz Entertainment is a San Francisco Bay Area based, independent record label, created in the late 1990s by the late Bay Area rapper Mac Dre and close friend Curtis Kilo Curt Nelson. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A stage name, also called a screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, musicians, djs, clowns, and professional wrestlers. ... Bay Area redirects here. ... For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: in English; in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Hyphy (pronounced HI-fee; IPA: ) is a style of music and dance primarily associated with the Bay Area hip hop culture. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ... Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970 in Long Beach, California) better known as Warren G, is an American West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. ... Kokane (born Jerry Long) is a rapper from Pomona, California and best known for working on the classic G-funk album Funk Upon A Rhyme and his backup work with Snoop Dogg. ... Daundadogg (Born Troy D. Reddick, October 1st) is an American recording artist, producer and CEO of Cavvy R. Records. ... Mistah F.A.B. (born Stanley P. Cox on January 23, 1982)[1] is an American rapper from Oakland, California. ... MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962) is an American MC who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, known for his dramatic rise to and fall from fame and fortune, his trademark Hammer pants, and for leaving a lasting influence on hip hop culture... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... San Quinn began in the early 90s alongside JT the Bigga Figga and recorded for J.T.s Get Low label for several years before breaking away at the end of the decade. ... For other uses, see E40. ... Too Short, or Too $hort, (born Todd Anthony Shaw on April 28, 1966) is a rapper who started his career in his hometown of Oakland, California. ... Ray Luv formed a rap group named Strictly Dope with Tupac Shakur. ... Charles Toby Bowens[1] (born May 9, 1979), commonly known by his stage name Keak Da Sneak, is a rapper from Oakland, California . ... {{Infobox musical artist 2 |Name = Young Lay |Img = |Origin = Vallejo, California |Genre = Gangsta Rap |Years Active = 1992-present |Label = Lathan Williams (1975), better known by his stage name, Young Lay, is a San Francisco Bay Area based gangsta rapper from Vallejo, California. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ...

Contents

Career

Mac Dre was born in Oakland, California. As a child, Hicks was moved to and raised in Vallejo by his mother to remove them from the dangers of Oakland. His lyrics were largely based on his neighborhood known by those around him as "The Crest", short for Country Club Crest. His music gained popularity in the early to mid 1990s throughout the Bay Area, eventually receiving national recognition through his independent record labels Romp and Thizz Entertainment. During his music career, he released many hit singles, such as "Too Hard for the Fuckin' Radio", and more recently "Feelin' Myself". His music continues to be released posthumously. He was the creator of the "Thizzle Dance", a popular dance which holds no specific standard. Hardship and controversy were staples of Mac Dre's career. After recording his first three albums between 1989 and 1991, Mac Dre was charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery. His record label, Romp Productions, and his many references to "Romper Room" in his songs, coincided with a Vallejo robbery gang of the time calling themselves the "Romper Room Gang" and responsible for the robberies of many area banks and pizza parlors. The Robberies even had small segment on the television show Unsolved Mysteries. Hicks was alleged to be a member of the gang which also included Bay Rapper J-Diggs.[4] Hicks was sentenced to five years in prison in 1992. Oakland is the name of several places in the United States of America: Oakland, Alabama Oakland, California (The best-known city with this name) Oakland, Florida Oakland, Maine Oakland, Maryland Oakland, Michigan Oakland, Missouri Oakland, Nebraska Oakland, New Jersey Oakland, Oklahoma Oakland, Oregon Oakland, Pennsylvania Oakland, Rhode Island Oakland, Tennessee... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: in English; in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Thizz Entertainment is a San Francisco Bay Area based, independent record label, created in the late 1990s by the late Bay Area rapper Mac Dre and close friend Curtis Kilo Curt Nelson. ... Thizzle or Thizz is a slang phrase coined by the late San Francisco Bay Area rapper Mac Dre. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Gang (disambiguation). ... Unsolved Mysteries is an American television program that was hosted and narrated by Robert Stack. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


In prison, Hicks gained some notoriety by recording the lyrics to songs directly over the Fresno County jail inmate telephone. His album, Young Black Brotha, was a result of such efforts, as well as guest appearances on fellow artists' songs, all while Hicks was still imprisoned. A later album, Back 'N Da Hood, was also made up of these prison-recorded songs. While recording in prison, Mac gained respect. Fresno County is a county located in Californias Central Valley, south of Stockton and north of Bakersfield. ...


After his release from prison in 1996, Mac Dre began releasing albums steadily, building pace in the early 21st century. Mac Dre's audience was growing, and mainstream hip-hop stations were beginning to give Hicks' music more airtime. Hicks relocated to Sacramento, California in 2001, where he began a label, Thizz Entertainment. A notorious ecstasy enthusiast, he is credited with coining the slang verb to thizz, which refers to the state of being high on the drug. He is the foremost precursor of the current Hyphy movement, a hip hop subculture based around ecstasy use, club drugs, and "feel good" music in general. He is also recognized as part of the Thizz Movement, which is very similar to the Hyphy movement. Other Thizz Movement rappers include Mistah FAB, Johnny Cash, and Haji Springer who are all signed to Thizz Entertainment[5]. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... 20XX redirects here. ... Sacramento redirects here. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Thizz Entertainment is a San Francisco Bay Area based, independent record label, created in the late 1990s by the late Bay Area rapper Mac Dre and close friend Curtis Kilo Curt Nelson. ... ecstasy and religious ecstasy MDMA, most commonly known today by the street name ecstasy, is a synthetic entactogen of the phenethylamine family whose primary effect is to stimulate the brain to rapidly secrete large amounts of serotonin, causing a general sense of openness, empathy, energy, euphoria, and well-being. ... Hip hop is a subculture, which is said to have begun with the work of DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, and Afrika Bambaattaa. ... Mistah F.A.B. on the cover of The Freestyle King Mistah F.A.B. is a rapper and part of the hyphy movement from North Oakland, California. ... Haji Springer is a rapper from San Francisco, California. ... Thizz Entertainment is a San Francisco Bay Area based, independent record label, created in the late 1990s by the late Bay Area rapper Mac Dre and close friend Curtis Kilo Curt Nelson. ...


A common theme in Mac Dre songs is his reputation as a "mac" or a man that women would pay to have sex with them. Songs like "How I Got This Name" and "Feelin' Myself" all make references to this aspect of his life.


Death

On November 1, 2004, Returning to Kansas City, Missouri. A car pulled up next to the white desiel carrying Dre. Though it is not known whether words were exchanged, the ordeal ended in bloodshed. The van swerved off the road and into a ravine where it ran into a tree. Mac Dre apparently died from a gunshot wound to the back of the neck, although he was thrown from the vehicle and wasn't found immediately after the accident.[6][7] In 2005 due to a large amount of suspicion, Kansas City rapper Anthony "Fat Tone" Watkins was murdered in Las Vegas, allegedly by Bay Area rapper and Dre's good friend Mac Minister, in retaliation for Hicks' death. The body of a prostitute, 21-year-old Lee Danae Laursen, was found in Fairfield, CA in November 2005; Laursen had been in the company of Mac Minister (Andre Dow) and Jason Mathis in Las Vegas when Watkins was murdered.[8] In March 2006, Dow was arrested by FBI officials and both Dow and Mathis were indicted on murder charges in the Watkins murder.[9] Some in the rap community initially suspected the March 2007 shooting death of Johnny Cash (Johnny Castaneda, a/k/a "The Fast Gunna") to be related to the Mac Dre killing; however, officials attributed Castaneda's death to unrelated "street violence".[8] is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Mac Minister was born San Francisco CA. When he appeared on an episode of America’s Most Wanted, allegedly for retaliating for the murder of Bay Area hip-hop legend Mac Dre in Kansas City, Missouri. ...


On the weekend of the August 26, 2006, Hicks' tombstone was stolen from his final resting place at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. AP.9, a rapper who was close to Hicks offered a $10,000 reward out of his own pocket for anyone who had any information on the location of the tombstone. AP.9 stated that he believed the theft had nothing to do with Hicks murder.[10] The tombstone has since been replaced. is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mountain View Cemetery is a large cemetery in Oakland, California. ... Oakland is the name of several places in the United States of America: Oakland, Alabama Oakland, California (The best-known city with this name) Oakland, Florida Oakland, Maine Oakland, Maryland Oakland, Michigan Oakland, Missouri Oakland, Nebraska Oakland, New Jersey Oakland, Oklahoma Oakland, Oregon Oakland, Pennsylvania Oakland, Rhode Island Oakland, Tennessee... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


See also

This discography documents the albums of Mac Dre. ...

References

  1. ^ Hix, Lisa. "Mistah F.A.B.", San Francisco Chronicle, 2006-10-22, pp. PK-20. Retrieved on 2007-11-17. "...hyphy pioneer Mac Dre." 
  2. ^ Free Music: The Appearances by Mac Dre - Rhapsody Online
  3. ^ Caples, Garrett. "Nation of Thizzlam: Mac Dre's Thizz label undergoes a rebirth.", San Francisco Bay Guardian, 2005-11-16. Retrieved on 2006-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Police say Hicks was once part of Vallejo's north side Romper Room Gang, which was suspected of committing a series of bank robberies and pizza parlor stickups in the early 1990s." Bulwa, Demian. "Rapper Mac Dre slain in Kansas City", San Francisco Chronicle, 2004-11-02. 
  5. ^ "Feelin' Their Thizzle", SF Weekly, March 15, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Snapp said Hicks 'probably died instantly' from a gunshot wound to the back of the neck, though that's uncertain because he wasn't found immediately after the shooting. 'The van went over an embankment and into a ravine, and Hicks was ejected from the van,' Snapp said. 'His associate couldn't find him in the dark, and walked to get help. When they came back, they found him deceased.'" from Raskin-Zrihen, Rachel. "Did dispute over performance lead to Mac Dre death?", Tri-Valley Herald (Pleasanton, CA), November 4, 2004. 
  7. ^ "Hicks was thrown from the van, but police said he died from the shooting." from "Underground rapper killed in shooting on Kansas City highway", The Associated Press State & Local Wire, November 2, 2004. 
  8. ^ a b Lee, Henry K.. "Mystery over death of Mac Dre protege", San Francisco Chronicle, 2007-04-01, pp. D-1. Retrieved on 2007-11-17. 
  9. ^ "Bay Area Rapper Mac Minister Apprehended By FBI", MTV News, 2006-03-03. Retrieved on 2006-10-14. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Dick "SOHH Exclusive: Mac Dre's Tombstone Stolen, Longtime Friend Speaks Out, SOHH.com (August 24, 2006)
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