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“Early Retirement” contains one of the brief autobiographical passages in which Mac Dre specializes. It’s just a few short lines, and he manages to be simple and inimitable all at once: “A quick left and an over hand right / A fat four-four, some dojah and a mic / Are my weapons of mass destruction / And detectives know not to ask me nothing / I’m silent, I might speak Tagalog / Drink dirty martinis with the Spanish olive / Garlic and cheese on my French bread / Swallow it please when I get head.” The Genie of the Lamp is the second-to-last Dre released before his murder, and it shows him reveling in his late-career winning streak. The title song is a slightly tweaked version of one of the best tracks from 2002’s Thizzelle Washington. The beats are as creative as his rhymes — witness “Crest Sh*t,” which pairs a gaseous bass to a sample from Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 song “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” Mac Dre’s brand of quick-witted party music made him the leader of an emerging movement, but “Not My Job” affirmed that he was only interested in one thing: “I can bust you a rap, but anything else, not my job.”


Born: 05 July 1970 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

From Vallejo, CA (also the home of the Click), gangsta rapper Mac Dre moved to the Romp label in 1996 after two small releases on the Strictly Business label. Mac Dre Presents the Rompalation made the R&B charts near the end of 1996; a sequel followed in...
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