Rapper Gone Bad by Mac Dre on Apple Music

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mac Dre was a pimp with old school credentials, a gangster with Technicolor daydreams. Even as it refines his taste for carnival-like atmospheres, Rapper Gone Bad might be Dre’s most straightforward statement. Working in collaboration with three of the Bay Area’s best gangsta rap producers — Will “Flexxx” Hankins, Lev Berlak and Phil Armstrong — and backed by a cast of West Coast underground heroes, Dre aims “Fast Money,” “Fortytwo Fake” and “I’m a Thug” at the millions of people who bought 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me. If he couldn’t win them over, he could at least show them the far-reaching parameters of gangsta funk. Like a great chef, Dre had localized taste, and he tapped directly into the off-kilter sensibilities of the Bay Area with tracks like “Fish Head Stew,” which features a brilliantly left-field chorus: “I'm just a pimp, mane, trying to stack some Funyuns / So I can have French maids pedicure my bunions.” Dre could never have been a crossover star on par with Pac — he was too idiosyncratic — but “Mac Stabber” shows that his soul too harbored an impassioned rage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mac Dre was a pimp with old school credentials, a gangster with Technicolor daydreams. Even as it refines his taste for carnival-like atmospheres, Rapper Gone Bad might be Dre’s most straightforward statement. Working in collaboration with three of the Bay Area’s best gangsta rap producers — Will “Flexxx” Hankins, Lev Berlak and Phil Armstrong — and backed by a cast of West Coast underground heroes, Dre aims “Fast Money,” “Fortytwo Fake” and “I’m a Thug” at the millions of people who bought 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me. If he couldn’t win them over, he could at least show them the far-reaching parameters of gangsta funk. Like a great chef, Dre had localized taste, and he tapped directly into the off-kilter sensibilities of the Bay Area with tracks like “Fish Head Stew,” which features a brilliantly left-field chorus: “I'm just a pimp, mane, trying to stack some Funyuns / So I can have French maids pedicure my bunions.” Dre could never have been a crossover star on par with Pac — he was too idiosyncratic — but “Mac Stabber” shows that his soul too harbored an impassioned rage.

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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

  • ORIGIN
    Oakland, CA
  • BORN
    Jul 5, 1970

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