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.
"'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:
Like lotion, I'm in motion
—Andre Hicks, "Too Hard for the Fuckin' Radio", 1988