Were he still alive Bay Area rap legend Mac Dre
would be celebrating his 44th birthday today. Born Andre Louis Hicks
on July 5, 1970 in Oakland, CA - but raised in the North Bay town of Vallejo in the infamous Crest Side so often referenced in his music, the endlessly talented rapper was tragically killed ten years ago in Kansas City. But even now, a full decade later, the much loved the world over Bay Area rap artist's legacy - along with the Thizz Entertainment
empire that he kick-started - continues to grow and fans (both new and old) continue to track the countless releases from Mac Dre's ever prolific career. That career can be clearly divided into two distinct eras - before and after his five year 1990's incarceration for a crime he never committed (check video below of a 1992 interview I did with him for more on that). Personally I divide Mac Dre'
s two-part career into the Thizz half and the earlier Khayree
(producer) half. For releases from both parts of Mac Dre's rich back-catalog check out the bins at the three Amoeba Music retail outlets, or the Mac Dre section of the Amoeba Music online store
where you will find such Mac Dre releases as Stupid Doo Doo Dumb
, The Game Is Thick Vol 2
, and Musical Life of Mac Dre Vol. 1
. Meanwhile below are a few videos from the rapper's illustrious career. Rest in Thizz, Mac Dre!