28 Songs, 1 Hour, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Appearances stands as one of the definitive surveys of the Thizz Emperor’s work. It contains the most diverse selection of beats of any Mac Dre album, and yet Dre fits his inimitable style to every setting. Whether it’s the aggressive, Death Row-style gangsta rap of “Dangerous” or the smoothed out G-funk of “Fast Money,” Dre’s nonchalant flow always works. He was one of the few rappers who could communicate both menace and hilarity without every adjusting the tone of his voice — depending on the context of the song and his choice of words, Dre could play the gangster and the prankster, sometimes in the same verse. Despite his versatility when it came to collaboration, Dre always evinced a certain magic when he was working in familiar territory — specifically, with his peers and fellow Bay Area slanguists. He appears particularly inspired alongside OGs like Too $hort, Spice 1 and B-Legit —“Out of Range,” “Hoes Love It” and “Valley Joe” are among the best songs here. However, his musical soulmate might well have been Andre Nickatina. The monstrous “Cadillac Girl” symbolizes their singular chemistry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Appearances stands as one of the definitive surveys of the Thizz Emperor’s work. It contains the most diverse selection of beats of any Mac Dre album, and yet Dre fits his inimitable style to every setting. Whether it’s the aggressive, Death Row-style gangsta rap of “Dangerous” or the smoothed out G-funk of “Fast Money,” Dre’s nonchalant flow always works. He was one of the few rappers who could communicate both menace and hilarity without every adjusting the tone of his voice — depending on the context of the song and his choice of words, Dre could play the gangster and the prankster, sometimes in the same verse. Despite his versatility when it came to collaboration, Dre always evinced a certain magic when he was working in familiar territory — specifically, with his peers and fellow Bay Area slanguists. He appears particularly inspired alongside OGs like Too $hort, Spice 1 and B-Legit —“Out of Range,” “Hoes Love It” and “Valley Joe” are among the best songs here. However, his musical soulmate might well have been Andre Nickatina. The monstrous “Cadillac Girl” symbolizes their singular chemistry.

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About Mac Dre

Andre Hicks, aka Mac Dre, soared through his brief life with a focused playfulness ever hinting at the violence in the background. Considered one of the pioneers of the region's hyphy movement, Mac Dre constantly hyped the Bay Area. The Vallejo, California, native built a sprawling empire called Thizz Nation, which released comedy videos and bobblehead dolls in addition to a seemingly bottomless pit of records by Dre himself and his many signees. Although every indication is that he had abandoned a crime-ridden past that included recording his first record from a jailhouse phone, the man who proclaimed himself "too hard for radio" was shot to death, victim of a likely hit, on a highway outside Kansas City in 2004. ~ Jason Thurston

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