Mac Dre

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mac Dre
Mac Dre.jpg
Background information
Birth name Andre Louis Hicks
Born (1970-07-05)July 5, 1970
Oakland, California, U.S.
Origin

San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.

Vallejo, California, U.S.
Died November 1, 2004(2004-11-01) (aged 34)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, Hyphy, G-Funk, Gangsta rap
Occupations Rapper, record producer, screenwriter
Years active 1988–1993; 1997–2004
Labels Thizz Entertainment
Associated acts Andre Nickatina, E-40, Keak da Sneak, Husalah, B-Legit, San Quinn, Yukmouth, PSD, Mac Mall, Richie Rich, Smoov-E (aka Eli Meltzer), Rydah J. Klyde, Too Short
Website [3]

Andre Louis Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was an American rapper, and the initial founder of Thizz Entertainment, and the now defunct Romp Productions.[1][2]

Early Life & Career[edit]

Andre Louis Hicks was born in Oakland, California on July 5, 1970 and moved to Vallejo at a young age. He grew up in Vallejo, in the Country Club Crest, also known as The Crest neighborhood. He attended Hogan High School in Vallejo. He was first known as MC Dre, but realized that the name sounded too East Coast-ish. He then changed his handle to Mac Dre.[3] He reflects back on his childhood and states, "Situations came out for the better most of them, I went through the little trials and the shit that I went through."[3]

Mac Dre recorded his first three albums between 1989 and 1991.[1]

Prison[edit]

In 1992 Mac Dre was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison after he refused the deal the police had offered him, which was informing law enforcement about his partners. At the time Hicks owned the record label, Romp Productions.[1] Subsequently, Hicks wasn't released from prison until 1997.[1]

Later J-Diggs, a member of the Romper Room crew and accompanying friend of Dre to Fresno, stated Dre had nothing to do with any robberies and was convicted for a refusal to give information to police.

While in Lompoc, Mac Dre would go on to obtain his G.E.D.; he stated that, "I had nothing else to do, I had to go back and get mine". While awaiting trial, Hicks would record an album over the phone, taunting law enforcement officials. He also claimed credit for showing Anarae Brown, also known as X-Raided, how to record rhymes over the phone.[4]

Post prison[edit]

During his time in prison, "Mac Dre Presents: The Rompalation" was released in 1996. After his release from prison in 1997, 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 Cappone, Lev Berlak, and Warren G.

In 2001, Hicks relocated to Sacramento to distance himself from the Crest. After prison, Dre began embracing the party lifestyle in an attempt to make up for time lost behind bars. He began experimenting with ecstasy and mushrooms. Hicks started a new record label, called Thizz Entertainment. He worked with well-known artists such as J-Diggs, Keak da Sneak, E-40, B-Legit, 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, Husalah, The Jacka 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.[5]

Mac Dre was a natural leader. He inspired new forms of dance and language. He was loved by many for his ability to motivate a crowd with his outgoing personality. Mac Dre was tremendously charismatic. Mac Dre had a very large fan-base in the Bay Area, and abroad. He was very well respected and was appreciated as a liberating force to let people do the "Thizzledance," be "Hyphy," and have a good time.

Death[edit]

Mac Dre and members of Thizz were scheduled to do a show in Kansas City on October 31st, 2004. Allegedly, there was a payment dispute with the club promoter. Mac Dre left the show after the dispute and went back to his hotel room. In the early morning hours of November 1, 2004, on Interstate 70 in Kansas City, Missouri, unknown assailants in a stolen black Infiniti G35 began shooting at the white van in which Hicks was a passenger. The driver crashed and was able to get to a phone to call 911, but Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene from a bullet wound. There have been no leads as to the perpetrator, and the case currently remains unsolved. "R.I.P. to the Mac D.R.E is saying that was created in respect to him as a great song-writer and inspiration to many. His spirit lives on. [6] Hicks was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.[7] In 2006, his tombstone was stolen from the cemetery.[8]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Mac Dre discography

Solo albums[edit]

Extended Plays[edit]

  • 1989: Young Black Brotha
  • 1991: California Livin'
  • 1992: What's Really Going On
  • 1992: Back n da Hood

Compilations[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]