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Mac Dre and Andre Nickatina were kindred spirits within the hyper-creative rap culture of the Bay Area, and they appeared on each others songs with such frequency that there was more than enough material to comprise the posthumous duo album A Tale of Two Andres. The two rappers had a lot in common — they were both rooted in the culture of drug dealing and pimping, but both insisted on using highly stylized language and music to articulate their scenes of ghetto life. They both had fearless taste in beats, and their dual penchant for unusual sounds is well represented by “Hot Jalapenos” and “Outta Control.” At the same time both possessed a highly developed feel for vintage funk, which was usually fed through their skewed sensibility, resulting in brilliant tracks like “Cocaine,” “Color of the Benz” and “I’m a Sav.” Above all, they complemented each other’s flow. Nickatina plays the deep-throated aggressor, always bearing down on the next rhyme, while Mac Dre hung back, almost singing his rhymes in a relaxed drawl. A Tale of Two Andres makes it easy to see that they brought out the best in each other and endures as a testament to their creative bond.

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Good Album --

For those of you saying that this is missing tracks, this is a completely new re-release of the old "Tale of Two Andres" Mixtape that hit the market a few years ago. The new tracks on this CD are excellent. My only gripe is that all of the old mac dre songs on here are screwed up. I have listed these songs below: Do not get the songs "Neva Seen" "Hot Jalapenos" or "Outta Control". The beats are completely screwed and awful. Instead get the originals: "Neva Seen" is from "Genie Of The Lamp" -- "Hot Jalapenos" & "Outta Control" can both be found on Smoov-E's albums Assuefatto & Confessions (respectively). Hope this clears up a lot of misunderstanding --

The REAL Odd Couple

This album is no doubt one of the best duo rap albums to come out in a long time. Mac Dre's no nonsence mackin, smooth cadence and cocky Vallejo flow mixed with Nickatina's characteristicly slick metaphores and silky Fillmoe swag brings the best of the Bay together -- perm meets ponytails -- something so pimpin' I almost slapped myself! Not since Snoop and Pac have two completely different artists combined their crafts to create such "beautiful music". And the beats...ain't enough box to fill you in on the beats! Anybody who was wondering wear the hyphy music REALLY came from, betta go cop this!


Best album ever.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With a penchant for old-school rhymes and lo-fi beats, Andre Nickatina hails from the West Coast. He released Cocaine Raps and Raven in My Eyes simultaneously on the Dogday imprint, but it was the trilogy of 1999's Tears of a Clown and 2000's These R the Tales and Daiquiri Factory Cocaine Raps that put Nickatina on the West Coast circuit. After these releases emerged during what was highly regarded as...
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