All photos on this site are property of the respected author and may not be used for financial gain of any kind. That music was so different from any other hip hop I'd ever heard before. It would prove to be his last. Mac Dre is the only rapper I've seen so universally loved that everyone turns up to his music at least occasionally while growing up. At the time Hicks owned the record label, Romp Productions. “And now, as I travel and go throughout the world, I see that people recognize him for the flavor that he brought to hip-hop. making up Bills for my lecture at night - I had a conversation with Fraser I think Dre for five years was very hungry and had a lot to think about. But while Dre’s hip-hop career began to build steam, the Romper Room crew moved from drug dealing to armed robberies, first hitting pizza parlours and then banks. Imagine what that would have sounded like? Dre was no pushover. “I was staying in the room right across from his,” says Mall, who still remembers the final conversations that took place in the hotel with his old friend. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to and include a link to the page and details about the problem. So sad, I hope he's making great music up there. He released ten solo albums in six years and helped propel the careers of Keak da Sneak, E-40, B-Legit, Brotha Lynch Hung, Dubee, Andre Nickatina, Rydah J. Klyde, Richie Rich, Lil Ric, San Quinn, PSD, and Mac Mall. “You just see him as any guy who made some noise. Dude is still a legend and an Icon even today, and anyone unfamiliar with his work should use Mac Dre day as an excuse to learn how to get stupid. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. Courtesy of Walter Zelnick at City Hall Records Andre Hicks was born in Oakland, California, on July 5, 1970, but at a young age, he and his family moved to Vallejo, a small city in Solano County. I used to be fun, and I can still make people believe that. "[3], Mac Dre recorded his first three EPs albums between 1989 and 1992. He grew up in Hillside, a community located near the Country Club Crest neighborhood. To this day, his supporters staunchly uphold his innocence. He grew up in Vallejo, in the Country Club Crest, also known as The Crest neighborhood. “When you look at the Bay from the framework of the industry, whether it’s Hollywood or New York, I don’t think you get Mac Dre,” says P. Frank Williams, a Bay area native and former executive editor of The Source. Preferred Language. Reportedly offered a deal if he snitched on his friends, Dre snubbed the police’s propositions and was forced to eat a five-year prison sentence. “There was fourteen of us,” remembers Romper Room member and Dre collaborator Coolio Da’unda’dogg. I remember once a couple kids actually stole mac dre's gravestone and they had to replace it. The word “Thizz” perfectly expressing how he felt when on the drug, he even named his growing rap empire Thizz Entertainment. Dre was no Public Enemy or Paris or anything like that, but you know, when you think about what he actually did to broadcast it to the hood like, ‘Yo, this is the punk cop. “He was like the big ‘cuddy’ from the block; that’s what we called each other. *Mary Ann Barnhiser Bell, daughter of John Barnhiser and Susannah Refused bail, Dre was forced to sit in county jail for a year awaiting trial. Rarely the drug of choice among rappers, Dre built a counterculture around the pill in the same way weed rappers mixed blunts and beats. A Vallejo-born rapper, the younger Mall would later sign to Dre’s label Thizz Entertainment, and the two would cut a joint-billed record in 2005 titled Da U.S. Open. Parties out here get Ignition Remix and Gold Digger, maybe Regulate by Warren G if you're lucky. That would be bananas, you know what I’m saying?”, “Dude was our Tupac, dude was our Biggie Smalls,” adds Mall. 2" “He was making demos and stuff and hanging with the Romper Room crew over on Kemper Street, which was the same street my auntie lived on,” remembers Mall. Copyright © 2013 by Cheryl Palmer. Mac Mall remembers first coming across a teenage Mac Dre. Nobody touched the Bay Area like Mac Dre touched the Bay Area, and I don’t think nobody will.

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