5 Songs, 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Formerly known as Dre Dog, Andre Nickatina is a San Francisco O.G., though for the most part, the rest of the country has yet to wake up to his musical charms. Like many Bay Area vets, he's fiercely independent, running his own label (Fillmoe Coleman Records), putting out tons of new material every year, and beloved by longtime fans while unknown to the world at large. His classic debut, The New Jim Jones, dropped way back in 1993. In the two decades since, he's released dozens of high-quality, under-the-radar projects. On Cupid Got Bullets 4 Me, he switches things up a bit, with a super-hardcore XXX sex-themed EP more in line with offerings from Akinyele or Uncle Luke than the pimped-out coke-dealer style listeners are accustomed to. Some of the tracks (especially "RJz") stretch the boundaries of good taste, and his use of Auto-Tune is unnecessary at best—but there are still some solid jams here, specifically "She Like 2 Say" and the derriere-worshiping "WGz with the BBz."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Formerly known as Dre Dog, Andre Nickatina is a San Francisco O.G., though for the most part, the rest of the country has yet to wake up to his musical charms. Like many Bay Area vets, he's fiercely independent, running his own label (Fillmoe Coleman Records), putting out tons of new material every year, and beloved by longtime fans while unknown to the world at large. His classic debut, The New Jim Jones, dropped way back in 1993. In the two decades since, he's released dozens of high-quality, under-the-radar projects. On Cupid Got Bullets 4 Me, he switches things up a bit, with a super-hardcore XXX sex-themed EP more in line with offerings from Akinyele or Uncle Luke than the pimped-out coke-dealer style listeners are accustomed to. Some of the tracks (especially "RJz") stretch the boundaries of good taste, and his use of Auto-Tune is unnecessary at best—but there are still some solid jams here, specifically "She Like 2 Say" and the derriere-worshiping "WGz with the BBz."

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About Andre Nickatina

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 his golden period, Nickatina followed up in 2003 with the highly ambitious CD/movie project Conversation With a Devil. ~ Rob Theakston

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