Mac Dre
Thizzelle Washington


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
April 18th, 2010 | 10 replies | 4,685 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One may find it ironic that after how trivially he took gangsta rap and the lifestyle that accompanied it on Thizzelle Washington, his involvement in the genre led to his demise. R.I.P. Andre "Mac Dre" Hicks (July 5th, 1970 - November 1st, 2004)

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In a genre that’s riddled with misogynistic, masculine posturing, criminal entrepreneurialism, and illustrious, materialistic swanking, it’s rather rare to encounter an artist who runs against the current in the trio of the aforementioned categories. Enter Andre Hicks, Bay Area hip-hop legend. Hailing from Oakland, Mac Dre’s atypical, jocular approach to gangsta rap made him a star. Widely considered to be the apex of his career, Thizzelle Washington was released a little over two years before his untimely death in 2004.

Although he doesn’t necessarily stray from gangsterisms, the tone and attitude Mac Dre implements in the execution of such tint the entire album with a certain degree of happy-go-lucky humor. His chilled, layered voice and his relaxed flow are both strong indicators of a nonchalant approach to the style. On top of that, a dance song (“Thizzelle Dance”) and quirky lyrics even further uncover his blasé, jokey outlook on gangsta rap.

I know, doe ray me/But no I'm not a R&B sanga/I'm a gangta rappa, throwin' the middle fanga/To them square Rubix cubes/Who don't smoke and us, I'm a cutthoat boy and I got a short fuse/I get kind of hyphy when I'm gone off a little Gin/You don't like it, say hello to my little friend/Rat-ta-tat-tatta/It really don't matta/I push a hard line cross it, niggas gon' scatta/I'm not the mad rappa, I'm the rappa gone bad/Recordin' on Pro-Tools at the pad/I give the game a bath, boy I'm a sav/Come through the sideshow yokin' the Cad.”

Accompanying his lighthearted – almost satirical – approach to gangsta rap, are the happy-go-lucky beats. Infused with subtle funk and bouncy electronic elements, the heavily percussion-oriented beats of Thizzelle Washington supplement his casual take on hardcore rap. Not without its flaws, Thizzelle Washington is void of any lyrical adroitness, as it dumps all of its eggs into the humor basket. In addition, it contains some partial, scattered filler (“Intro,” “Dam I Used To Know That,” “Soom Lama.”) The featured artists list also poses several problems. Some guests are too serious about the subject content, at times superseding on Mac Dre’s relaxed approach, and only 5 out of 16 tracks exclusively involve Dre.

One may find it ironic that after how trivially he took gangsta rap and the lifestyle that accompanied it on Thizzelle Washington, his involvement in the genre led to his demise. Thizzelle Washington is quite the testament to a waste of talent. Mac Dre became a legend perhaps not through his great music, or his premature death alone, but rather, a combination of the two.

R.I.P. Andre “Mac Dre” Hicks (July 5th, 1970 – November 1st, 2004)



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Bulldog
April 18th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This review is in memorium of user foodandliquors. He loved this album.

This one's for you dude.

O.J. Simpson
April 18th 2010



408 Comments


R.I.P. indeed Thizzelle Washington.

good review

Bulldog
April 18th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dog.

doesnt thizz mean ecstasay in bay area talk

cvlts
April 18th 2010



8954 Comments


as a fellow washingtonian, I fucking hate this guy.

Bulldog
April 18th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn dude, why

cvlts
April 18th 2010



8954 Comments


All the wanksterass rappers who think their the shit in washington prty much fuckin idolize this guy. sooooooooo goddamn annoying to here his shit now.

Bulldog
April 18th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, he's not from Washington, he's from Northern California. (If you didn't know.)

illmitch
April 25th 2013



5429 Comments


THIZZ DANCE
THIZZ DANCE
THIZZ DANCE
CAN U DO THE THIZZLE DANCE

rip bulldog

Tupik
April 25th 2013



671 Comments


Pourin one up for bulldog

Digging: Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

FourthReich
July 27th 2013



17482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rip the one and only mac



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