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Birth name  Andre L. Adams
Name  Andre Nickatina
Also known as  Dre Dog
Role  Rapper
Occupation(s)  Rapper Producer
Movies  The Gift
Years active  1992–present

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Born  March 11, 1970 (age 45) San Francisco, California, United States (1970-03-11)
Genres  Hip hop, West Coast Rap
Labels  In a Minute Records, Dogday, Fillmoe Coleman, Million Dollar Dream, I-Khan
Education  Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
Albums  I Hate You with a Passion, The New Jim Jones, A Tale of Two Andres, Cocaine Raps, Horns and Halos

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Andre L. Adams (born March 11, 1970), better known by his stage name Andre Nickatina, is an American rapper from San Francisco, California. He previously performed under the stage name Dre Dog.


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Personal life

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Andre Adams was born on March 11, 1970 in San Francisco, and grew up in the city's Fillmore District. He attended the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology but dropped out; he claims to have had a D average.

Musical career

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Andre Nickatina first appeared on the Bay Area rap scene in 1993 under the name Dre Dog as a member of the group I.M.P. (Ill Mannered Posse). Shortly after the release of I.M.P's Back in the Days he left to form a solo career. He released two albums under the stage name Dre Dog: The New Jim Jones in 1993 and I Hate You With a Passion in 1995. I Hate You With a Passion peaked at #79 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In 1997, Adams changed his stage name to Andre Nickatina, and released the albums: Cocaine Raps under his own label, Filmoe Coleman Records and Raven in My Eyes, which was released under the Bay Area Independent Rap Label Dogday Records. Unlike his albums released under the name Dre Dog, Cocaine Raps had deeper production values [First Collaborations with Producer Nick Peace]. The album Raven in My Eyes was noted for its production quality and songs that combine "sequencers and keyboards that buzz and whine" with live instrumentation. That year, he founded his own record label, Filmoe Coleman Records. Nickatina explained in an interview with Strivin magazine that his name change was "for the better" and that he raps because he feels that he is talented enough to do so but not for the sake of popularity.

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Soon afterwards, his following three albums, Tears of a Clown (1999), Daiquiri Factory: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 2, The Unreleased [Sold Exclusively at shows and appreances] and These R the Tales (the latter three in 2000) gained him notoriety in the West Coast underground rap scene. Mosi Reeves of the San Francisco Bay Guardian noted Nickatina's popularity at a CD release party for another underground Bay Area rapper/producer, Smoov-E; Reeves called Nickatina "a quick-witted rapper who spits as hard as Kurupt does". A combo CD/movie project, Conversation with a Devil, followed in 2003. Lindsay Welnick, a music critic for SF Weekly, regarded the film as a knockoff of the classic gangster movie Scarface. Nate Denver for the SF Bay Guardian praised the album, though. Another album, The Gift followed in 2005, when the newspaper SF Weekly named Nickatina the "Best Local Hip Hop Legend" of that year. That same year, he would collaborate with Ilych Sato, better known as Equipto, for his 14th studio album titled "Horns and Halos", which would be accompanied by two sequels later that year and in the following year. Also, in 2005, Nickatina won the first annual Bay Area Raps Awards for Best Underground Artist. In 2008, he released A Tale of Two Andres with Mac Dre. Although they released only three songs together (Andre N Andre, U Beezy, My Homeboy's Chevy), they were close friends and the album was a tribute to his memory. Nickatina's self-entitled 2013 album debuted at #46 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #12 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and at a time appeared on iTunes' main albums chart, making it his most successful album to date.

Other Albums

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  • Unreleased (2001)
  • Hell's Kitchen (2002)
  • The Gift (2005)
  • Ugly Money 2: Love It and Count It - The Soundtrack (2009)
  • Cupid got Bullets 4 Me EP (2014)
  • Collaboration Albums

  • Midnight Machine Gun Rhymes and Alibis (with Equipto) (2002)
  • Horns and Halos (with Equipto) (2005)
  • Gun-Mouth 4 Hire: Horns and Halos 2 (with Equipto) (2005)
  • Bullet Symphony: Horns and Halos 3 (with Equipto) (2006)
  • A Tale of Two Andres (with Mac Dre) (2008)
  • The King and Mr. Biscuits (with Smoov-E) (2010)
  • My Middle Name is Crime EP (with The Jacka)
  • Compilations

  • Khantology: Cocaine Raps 1992-2005 (2006)
  • Khantology 2: Cocaine Raps 1992-2008 (2009)
  • Cocaine Inc. (Cocaine Raps Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3) (2009)
  • Mixtapes

  • Green Eyes (2003)
  • Tales of II Andre's - The Mixtape (with Mac Dre) (2006)
  • The Wrath of Khan (Hosted by Demolition Men) (2007)
  • Where's my Money - The Mixtape (2012)
  • References

    Andre Nickatina Wikipedia

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