11 Songs, 42 Minutes

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Originally known as Dre Dog, San Francisco's Andre Nickatina has been dropping outrageously funky and ultra-charismatic hip-hop since the early '90s, developing a devoted cult following around the Bay while remaining shamefully unknown to the rest of the world. Regardless, he keeps putting out dope product; hardcore-yet-witty raps are his stock in trade. On The King and Mr. Biscuits, he connects with homie/protege Smoov-E (a.k.a. Eli), for a short but sweet ride through their crazy consciousness. It's clear that they don't take themselves too seriously, and while some of the tracks sound a little bit haphazard, there's something about them that just demands your attention. The lyrics vary little, focused almost entirely on partying and the beats are pretty much 100% simple keyboard jams, but they work perfectly here. Standout joints: "Can't Be Faded (Remix)," "Coke Bottle Figure," "Come for Me," and "For the Green (Remix)."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally known as Dre Dog, San Francisco's Andre Nickatina has been dropping outrageously funky and ultra-charismatic hip-hop since the early '90s, developing a devoted cult following around the Bay while remaining shamefully unknown to the rest of the world. Regardless, he keeps putting out dope product; hardcore-yet-witty raps are his stock in trade. On The King and Mr. Biscuits, he connects with homie/protege Smoov-E (a.k.a. Eli), for a short but sweet ride through their crazy consciousness. It's clear that they don't take themselves too seriously, and while some of the tracks sound a little bit haphazard, there's something about them that just demands your attention. The lyrics vary little, focused almost entirely on partying and the beats are pretty much 100% simple keyboard jams, but they work perfectly here. Standout joints: "Can't Be Faded (Remix)," "Coke Bottle Figure," "Come for Me," and "For the Green (Remix)."

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About Andre Nickatina & Smoov-E

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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