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Mac Dre

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Vallejo, San Francisco CA, United States (1988 – 2004)

Andre Hicks (July 5, 1970 - November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name, Mac Dre, was a Bay Area based rapper from the Crest side of Vallejo, California, active since 1988 and considered one of the predecessors of the movement. During his career in the world, he worked with artists like Andre Nickatina, Yukmouth, Snoop Dogg, Mac Mall, Dubee and Keak Da Sneak.

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Mac Dre’s music gained popularity in the early to mid 19 throughout the Bay Area, eventually receiving national recognition through his record labels Romp and Thizz Entertainment. He released many hit singles, such as “Too Hard for the Radio”, and most recently “Feelin’ Myself”. He was the creator of the “Thizzle Dance”, a popular dance which holds no specific standard. Hardship and controversy were staples of Mac Dre’s career. After recording his first three albums between 1989 and 1991, Mac was charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery. His record label, Romp Productions, and his many references to “Romper Room” in his songs, coincided with a Vallejo robbery gang of the time calling themselves the “Romper Room Gang” and responsible for the robberies of many area banks and pizza parlours. Hicks was alleged to be a member of the gang. The rapper was sentenced to five years in prison in 1992.

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