Apache (rapper)

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Apache in his "Gangsta Bitch" video
Background information
Birth name Anthony Peaks
Born December 26, 1972
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Died January 22, 2010(2010-01-22) (aged 37)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1990–2010
Labels Tommy Boy, Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Flavor Unit, Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, 2Pac, Fat Joe

Anthony Peaks (December 26, 1972– January 22, 2010), better known as Apache, was an American rapper.

Apache emerged from New Jersey in the late 1980s as a front man for the Flavor Unit, a hip-hop group.[1] He first appeared on the Flavor Unit album, The 45 King Presents The Flavor Unit, in 1990. Apart from his individual records, he also featured on the albums of artists such as Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, 2Pac and Fat Joe.[2]

Apache signed with Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records and released his debut album, Apache Ain't Shit (1993), which peaked at number 69 on the Billboard 200 and No. 15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[3] Also featured on the album was the single "Gangsta Bitch," which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 on the Hot Rap Singles.[4] Apache released the single "Do Fa Self" in 1993.

Apache died on January 22, 2010, at the age of 37.[5] According to fellow Flavor Unit members Ali Ba-Ski and Lakim Shabazz, the cause of death was heart failure due to years of excessive eating, smoking, and drinking.[6]



Year Title Chart positions
US 200 US R&B
1993 Apache Ain't Shit 69 15



  1. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Apache > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ Apache discography at Discogs
  3. ^ "Apache Ain't Shit: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Apache: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rapper Apache dies". MTV News. January 22, 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2015/08/flavor-unit-oral-history