Back n da Hood

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Back n da Hood
EP by Mac Dre
Released 1992
Recorded 1992, Fresno County Jail and U.S.P. Lompoc
Genre West Coast Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap
Length 21:41
31:41 (2005 reissue)
Label Strictly Business Records, Thizz
Producer Khayree
Mac Dre chronology
What's Really Going On?
Back n da Hood
Young Black Brotha

Back n da Hood is a 1992 EP by hyphy Bay Area rapper Mac Dre. It was recorded live from Fresno County Jail and U.S.P. Lompoc over the phone. Its lyrics are about life in Fresno County Jail, and about himself in early life.

After his release from prison in 1997, he released Mac Dre Presents: The Rompalation. In late 1997 and early 1998 he recorded his second album Stupid Doo Doo Dumb. It was released April 28, 1998. Following those albums, Hicks met with executive producer Bernard Gourley and recorded the album Rapper Gone Bad with production help from Tone Capone, Lev Berlak, and Warren G. This started a new beginning for Mac Dre as he began to release albums steadily, building a huge catalog of music recorded at The Grill Studios in Oakland. In 2000. 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.

He worked with well-known artists such as Keak da Sneak, E-40, B-Legit, Brotha Lynch Hung, Dubee, Mistah F.A.B., Rydah J. Klyde, Richie Rich, Lil Ric, San Quinn, Mars, Yukmouth, PSD, Andre Nickatina, Mac Mall, Smoov-E (aka Eli Meltzer), Messy Marv, and Too Short. He also provided an uncredited hook to the track "Gotta Survive" from Young Lay's Black 'N Dangerous album that featured 2Pac.

The original issue of this album was only on cassette. It was reissued on CD in 1998 and later in 2005 with two bonus tracks taken from Young Black Brotha.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Back n da Hood"   5:26
2. "'93"   5:32
3. "Love Dat Donkey"   5:22
4. "My Chevy"   1:28
5. "It Don't Stop"   3:52
6. "I'm N Motion" (Only on 2005 CD) 5:45
7. "Young Mac Dre" (ditto) 4:17

"'93" has an unlisted vignette containing a section of "It Don't Stop" following it. The vignette was indexed as a separate track on the 1998 CD of Back 'n da Hood, but was integrated into "'93" on the 2005 issue. "I'm 'n Motion" takes its name from a line in the 1989 song "Too Hard for the Fuckin' Radio" from the Young Black Brotha EP: