Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics is a 2004 album by Hyphy Bay Area rapper Mac Dre. This album was released on the Thizz Entertainment label.This text has been derived from Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0
Andre Louis 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.
Andre Hicks aka. Mac Dre was born to Wanda Salvatto in Oakland, California, but moved to Vallejo, California while still a child. Hicks started his rap career in the early eighties, gaining a greater degree of recognition in the late eighties and early nineties. http
After recording his first three albums between 1989 and 1991, Hicks was charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Hicks's record label, Romp Productions, and his many references to "Romper Room" in his songs, bore a similarity to a group of robbers targeting banks and pizza parlors who were active in Vallejo at the time called the "Romper Room Gang." Hicks, alleged by authorities to be a member of the gang, was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison in 1992 after refusing a deal offered by law enforcement authorities that would have required him to inform on other gang members. http
In prison, Hicks gained some notoriety by recording the lyrics to songs directly over the Fresno County jail inmate telephone. His album, Young Black Brotha, was a result of such efforts, as well as guest appearances on fellow artists' songs, all while Hicks was still imprisoned. A later album, Back 'N Da Hood, was also made up of these prison-recorded songs. http
After his release from prison in 1997, he released Mac Dre Presents the Rompalation. Following those albums, Hicks met with Executive Producer Bernard Gourley and recorded the album Rapper Gone Bad with production help from Tone Cappone, Lev Berlak, and Warren G. This started a new beginning for Mac Dre as he began to release albums steadily, building a huge catalog of music recorded at The Grill Studios in Oakland. In 2000. Mac Dre's audience was growing, and mainstream hip-hop stations were beginning to give Hicks' music more airtime. Hicks relocated to Sacramento, California in 2001, where he began a label, Thizz Entertainment. http
He worked with well-known artists such as Keak da Sneak, E-40, B-Legit, Dubee Rahman, Ali (2010-30-11) http, Mistah Fab, Rahman, Ali (2010-30-11) http Rydah J. Klyde Rahman, Ali (2010-30-11) http, Richie Rich Rahman, Ali (2010-30-11) http, Lil Ric Rahman, Ali (2010-30-11) http San Quinn, Mars, Yukmouth, PSD, Andre Nickatina, Mac Mall, Smoov-E (aka Eli Meltzer), Messy Marv, and Too Short. He also provided an uncredited hook to the track "Gotta Survive" from Young Lay's Black 'N Dangerous album that featured 2Pac..
On November 1, 2004, while sitting backseat in a van he was riding in with another male Kansas City, Missouri, a car pulled up next to the white van carrying Hicks. 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 at a store. Paramedics found Hicks dead from a gunshot wound.
In 2005, due to a large amount of suspicion, Kansas City rapper Anthony "Fat-Tone" Watkins was murdered in Las Vegas alongside his 22-year-old friend, Jermaine "Cowboy" Akins, allegedly by Hicks's friend, Bay Area rapper Andre Dow, a.k.a. Mac Minister, in retaliation for Hicks's death. Lee Danae Laursen, a 21-year-old prostitute who was purportedly with Dow and Jason Mathis at the time Watkins was murdered, was herself murdered later that year; was found in Fairfield, CA in November 2005. In March 2006, Dow was arrested by FBI officials and both Dow and Mathis were indicted for Watkins's murder. Dow was later found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Some people in the rap community initially suspected that the March 2007 shooting death of Johnny Ca$h (Johnny Castaneda, a/k/a "The Fast Gunna") was related to the Mac Dre killing; however, officials attributed Castaneda's death to unrelated "street violence."
On the weekend of August 26, 2006, Hicks's tombstone was stolen from his final resting place at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. AP.9 stated that he believed the theft had nothing to do with Hicks's murder.Johnson, Dick ", SOHH.com (August 24, 2006) The tombstone has since been replaced.
Mac Dre's underground rap career kept him off radio stations and TV screens almost entirely. However, BET's documentary show American Gangster aired an episode on January 16, 2009, focusing on Mac Dre and his Romper Room ties.
Mac Dre discography
*1990: Young Black Brotha: The EP
*1992: What's Really Going On?
*1993: Young Black Brotha: The Album
*1998: Stupid Doo Doo Dumb
*1999: Rapper Gone Bad
*2000: Heart of a Gangsta, Mind of a Hustla, Tongue of a Pimp
*2001: Mac Dre's the Name
*2001: It's Not What You Say... It's How You Say It
*2002: Thizzelle Washington
*2003: Al Boo Boo
*2004: Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics
*2004: The Genie of the Lamp
*2004: The Game Is Thick, Vol. 2
*2007: Pill Clinton
*2008: Dre Day: July 5th 1970
Compilation albums & Remix albums
*1996: Mac Dre Presents The Rompalation
*1999: Mac Dre serves you The Rompalation II, An Overdose
*2002: Do You Remember?
*2006: 16 wit Dre (with DJ Backside)
*2006: 16 wit Dre, Vol. 2 (with DJ Backside)
*2006: Alaska 2 tha Bay
*2007: Starters in the Game
*2008: The Dre Area
*2008: What Iz Thizz
*2008: For the Streets (14 Unreleased Tracks)
Extended Plays & Cassettes
* 1989: Young Black Brotha
* 1991: California Livin'
* 1992: Back n Da Hood
Best Of Albums
*1993: The Best of Mac Dre
*2004: The Best of Mac Dre II
*2006: The Best of Mac Dre Vol. 3
*2008: The Best of Mac Dre Vol. 4
*2010: The Best of Mac Dre Vol. 5
*2001: Turf Buccaneers (with Cutthroat Committee)
*2005: Money iz Motive (with Cuttroat Committee)
*2005: Da U.S. Open (with Mac Mall)
*2005: 15 Years Deep (with Da'unda'dogg)
*2007: DreDiggs: Me & My Cuddie (with J-Diggs)
*2007: Everybody Ain't Able (with Jay Tee)
*2008: A Tale of Two Andres (with Andre Nickatina)
*2009: Maccin' & Doggin' (with Da'unda'dogg)
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Category:People murdered in Missouri
Category:Murdered African-American people
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