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Mac Dre Biography

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Birth Name: Andre Hicks
Birth Place: Vallejo, California, United States
Years Active: 1989 – 1992, 1998 – 2004
Genres: Hip Hop

Andre Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was an American rapper best known for being one of the originators of the hyphy movement.

Before having a career for rapping, Mac Dre was involved in a bank robbing where it had landed him in federal prison serving five years. While incarcerated, Hicks had been writing and creating lyrics about his emotions and thoughts. He rapped his lyrics over the phone to his friends and from them came the album “Whats Realy Going On.”

When released, his lyrics were more than exceptional in the eyes of producers and Hick's was on the rise. He worked with well-known artists such as Keak da Sneak, E-40, B-Legit, Dubee, Mistah Fab, Rydah J. Klyde, Richie Rich (rapper), Lil Ric San Quinn, Yukmouth, PSD, Andre Nickatina, Mac Mall, Messy Marv, and Too Short. He also provided an unaccredited hook to the track "Gotta Survive" from Young Lay's “Black 'N Dangerous” album that featured 2Pac.

On November 1, 2004, while leaving Kansas City, Missouri, a car pulled up next to the white van carrying Mac Dre. Occupants of the car opened fire. The white van swerved off the road and ran into a ditch, and the driver ran across the highway to call 911. Paramedics found Hicks dead from a gunshot wound.