The rapper is regarded as one of the true underground rappers of all times. He never had any mainstream success and his music was not released on radio or MTV. In fact he performed for small concerts and recorded albums in a guerilla style. Producing all his own albums Mac Dre’s legacy
|Feelin' Like That Nigga||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Get Stupid (Remix)||Ronald Dregan (Parental Advisory)||2004|
|Thizzle Dance||Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game #2||2005|
|G.A.M.E.||Dre Day July 5th, 1970||2008|
|Mac Dre - GET LOUD||2004|
|Hyphy Like||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|C.U.T.T.H.O.A.T.||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Miss You||Mac Dre Presents: Don't Hate The Playa Hate The Game #4||2008|
|Casual||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Mac Named Dre||Everybody Ain't Able||2007|
|If You||The Best Of Mac Dre, Vol. 2||2004|
|Mac Dre||Welcome To Thizz World, V. 2.2||2009|
|Life's A Bitch||Stupid Doo Doo Dumb||1998|
|Hustle||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|I Need A Eighth||Stupid Doo Doo Dumb||1998|
|Ice Cream||Mac Dre Presents: Starters In The Game||2008|
|Mac Dre's The Name||Mac Dre's The Name||2005|
|X.o. Remi||The Best Of Mac Dre||1993|
|Mac Sinatra In Vegas||J. Diggs Presents: Duna A.k.a. Baby Mac Dre Starring In Crack Baby||2007|
|Giggin'||Dre Day July 5th, 1970||2008|
|Shakin' The Feds||Mac Dre's The Name||2005|
|Early Retirement||The Best Of Mac Dre, Vol. 5||2010|
|Mac Who||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Zero Tolerance||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Game Goes||Mac Dre Presents: Don't Hate The Playa Hate The Game #4||2008|
|P.I.M.P.||Tales Of II Andres||2006|
|Thizzin||What It Thizz?||2008|
|My Block||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Shitonaman||Al Boo Boo||2002|
|Backwoods Swisher Sweet||Goodfella Records Presents: The Fellaship Conspiracy (Parental Advisory)||2004|
|Mac Stabber||Rapper Gone Bad||1999|
|Cadillac Girl||Andre Nickatina & Nick Peace Present Hell's Kitchen (Parental Advisory)||2006|
|Not My Job||The Best Of Mac Dre Vol. III||2006|
|M.U.R.D.A.||Thizzelle From The Grave Vol. 2||2008|
|Stupid Doo Doo Dumb||Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game #2||2005|
|Maca-Frama-Lamma||Da U.S. Open||2005|
|Dredio||Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game #2||2005|
|G500||Thizz Nation, Vol.7||2006|
|4 Myself||The Best Of Mac Dre Vol. III||2006|
|Hoes||Dre Day July 5th, 1970||2008|
|Han Solo||Mac Dre Presents: Don't Hate The Playa Hate The Game #4||2008|
|Bitches||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Fa My Niggaz||Ronald Dregan||2004|
|What You Like||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Suckaz||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Ride To It||For The Streets||2009|
|Since 84||Bay Bosses, Vol.1||2006|
|Bay Thang||For The Streets||2009|
|Dirty Money||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
|Tizzle Drizzle Show||The Best Of Mac Dre, Volume 4||2008|
Mac Dre – The Hyphe Originator
The rapper is regarded as one of the true underground rappers of all times. He never had any mainstream success and his music was not released on radio or MTV. In fact he performed for small concerts and recorded albums in a guerilla style. Producing all his own albums Mac Dre’s legacy has gained after the unfortunate death. The rapper has released many underground albums in his career but never looking for mainstream success or popularity. He has collaborated with several other rap artists including Young Lay which featured none other than 2Pac himself. The music did gain some popularity but mostly in the Bay Area. Personal turmoil, hardships and controversy always plagued Dre’s career.
The Early Life
He was born Andre Hicks in Oakland and raised in Vallejo California. His songwriting was mostly based on his personal experiences of growing up in the rough neighborhood filled with crime and drug gangs. He started rapping at an early age and was known for his collaboration with several up coming stars in the hip-hop/rap genre. He started recording with the label Young Black Brotha records and even had a local hit singles “Too Hard”, “California Man” and “Get Stupid”.
He has released several underground albums throughout his career, a steady flow of posthumous albums have also been released giving recognition to the legacy. He was also creator of the “Thizzie Dance” style which was quite unique.
Controversy and Prison
After releasing the first three albums between 1989 and 1991, Dre was charged with the conspiracy to commit bank robbery. His referencing Romper Room Gang in his songs got unwanted attention since the gang with the same name had robbed many banks and pizza parlors in the area. In 1992, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison due to his alleged involvement with the gang and their robberies.
While in prison he continued to gain notoriety by recording lyrics over the telephone. His album “Young Black Brotha” was a result of this type of recording. He continued to record in this fashion from the prison and released another album titled “Back ‘N Da Hood”
Released from prison in 1996, Mac Dre started to record albums and releasing them at a steady pace, his songwriting was heavily influenced by his time in prison and his passion for freedom.
His life story and prison sentenced gained a lot of publicity which ensured the success of the albums and a wider appeal to his music. He relocated to Sacramento in 2001 and started his own recording label “Thizz Entertainment”. Yet again it would be the controversial coining of the word “Thizz” which would mean high on drugs would be credited to Mac Dre.
He would take the drug ecstasy and is also infamously credited for starting the Thizz movement which was an underground sub-culture where people took the pill while listening to feel good rap music at parties.
On Nov 1, 2004 leaving Kansas City, a car pulled up next to the White Van carrying Mac Dre and opened fire. The white van smashed into a ravine and Dre was thrown out of the car, since this happened very late night, Dre’s driver frantically searched for Dre who had fallen into the ravine. Dre had died to the gun shot wound on the neck. Kansas City rapper Fat Tone was also gunned down in 2005, in Las Vegas along with a friend. This was seen as retribution to the calling of Dre, many believed it was Fat Tone who was involved in the killing.
The end was in some ways inevitable due to his life style and drug related controversies. Dre is somewhat of a mysterious figure in the world of rap, infamous for inventing the Thizz movement but is still regarded as one of the early rap maestros. His personal afflictions aside, Dre’s legacy will always carry on.
Credited for having being one of the first originators of the crunk music style. The crunk style draws from both rap and rock influences
The rappers tombstone was stolen from its final resting place, a rapper close to Dre offered a $10,000 reward
Mac Dre’s life was featured in the documentary American Gangster on BET