RIP: Mac Dre

posted November 04, 2004 12:00:00 AM CST | 57 comments

San Francisco Bay area rapper, Mac Dre was killed when a gunman shot into a van in which he was riding on a highway outside of Kansas City, Missouri.

According to police Andre Hicks, 34, known as Mac Dre, was killed about 3:30 a.m. Monday when another vehicle pulled up beside the driver's side of the van he was in on U.S. 71 and began shooting. Police also say Mac Dre was a member of a gang of robbers.

A reconstruction of the accident scene shows that the van swerved across the highway through oncoming lanes and into a ditch. Hicks was thrown from the vanbut according to investigators he died from the shooting.

There is no apparent motive for the shooting.

Mac Dre recorded a gang of albums starting with his first release in 1989. By the 90s Dre was being investigated by Vallejo, California police for his alleged affiliation with the Romper Room gang and a string of unsolved robberies of area banks and businesses.

Police arrested and charged him with conspiracy to commit bank robbery after he and several others were arrested while preparing to rob a bank. He was arrested and charged with bank robbery 1991, when the FBI spotted him riding in a vehicle with one the suspected bank robbers, who was also wired. A subsequent investigation revealed Dres ties to the gang. He served five years in prison and was released in 1996.

One cop in particular was hot and heavy on Dre, Vallejo police Lt. Rick Nichelman who was named in one of Dres raps. Dre also did numerous interviews to clear his name to include an interview with KMEL Radio's anti-gang program Street Soldiers. He ran down his version of his arrest and made it known that the police had gotten a 'witness' to lie against him. The next day the offices of KMEL Radio was visited by the FBI Station officials were accused of trying to obstruct justice as well as endangering a witness due to the fact that Dre named him. In addition the FBI informed the station management that Dre's live interview was completely unauthorized. The result was no more live interviews from prison from Mac Dre

After getting out of prison in 1996, Dre returned to his roots. His albums like California Livin' , Young Black Brotha and What's Really Going On? were heard from practically every boom box, every car, and every night club in the city. After cutting his teeth in the pen, Dre really wanted to stick it to the man upon his release.

Soon as he got home Dre hooked back up with his partner and producer Khayree and formed the Vallejo based label Young Black Brotha (named after Dre's first lp). But, bad luck always seemed to tip up on Dretwo weeks after he completed his return album, his Vallejo homies decided to hold a home coming cookout in Dres honor. Among his guests were basically all of the Hip Hop community as well as a couple of hundred of Vallejo's police officers, who claimed that they had received reports about drag racing and drug use... Rocks and bottles were thrown at the police and a riot broke out resulting in major news coverage for the event.

On the back of his Whats Really Going On EP, he acknowledge the Romper Room Family and released a song called Punk Police. He addressed the bank robberies and called out the Vallejo Police Chief by name.

Mac has released several mixtapes and albums over his career, including tracks recorded while in jail for the robbery charge, waaaay before Shyne and Tupac. Mac Dre lived his life the way he spat his lyrics macking, getting faded, and handling his businessnot a media made hardcore Hip Hop starbut, the real thangunderground will never be the same.

HipHopDX mourns this loss in Hip Hop and offers our sincerest condolences to Mac Dres family and friends. Rest In Peace.

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