Happy Birthday and R.I.P. Andre Louis Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004) better known as the West Coast legend Mac Dre
On November 1, 2004, rapper Mac Dre, 34, was shot and killed by Mitchel Hermiston after a performance in Kansas City, Missouri. Today would of made his 45th birthday. Before his untimely demise, Dre built his legacy on being the originator of “Thizz Music” and one of the founders of the “hyphy” movement. His debut release, Young Black Brotha, was issued in 1989 on vinyl and cassette and the rest is archived in Hip Hop history.
The “hyphy movement” was notably started by Mac Dre, E-40 and Mistah Fab, originating from California’s Bay Area. Z-Kush a.k.a. Keak da Sneak is best known for first using the term “hyphy” in his 1994 release.
Thizz Entertainment is the indie label started as Romp Records in 1996 by Dre. When he moved to Sacramento from San Fransico Bay Area in 1999, he changed the label’s name to Thizz Entertainment to avoid being affiliated to the Romper Room Gang. Since Dre’s death, his business partners Miami tha Most and Curtis “Kilo Curt” Nelson have taken over the label and continue to carry on the legacy. J-Diggs along with Mac Mall were also added as co-owners.