He left prison with a new lease on life, founded an independent record company, and then was murdered just when he began to emerge as a star. He took me to a house party.’ You know?” When he touched someone’s life, you came away with a story, and some people are telling those stories years later. 5 (2010) Other albums With Mac Dre, Equipto, Suga Free, Brotha Lynch Hung. We all just went, “Wow, that’s a good question.” Everybody went around and gave their own ideas about it, then someone in the audience said, “I think what this says is that he had such a personal charisma and magmatism, that everybody who met him has a Mac Dre story. 81. I had never worked on a documentary before, and they were like, “No, no, we can tell just by talking to you, you’ve got the right attitude for this, even if you don’t have the experience.”, SFW: I read somewhere that Drake was actually integral in convincing Wanda to be a part of the documentary? When he met her he was thrilled apparently. He took me to a house party.’ You know?” When he touched someone’s life, you came away with a story, and some people are telling those stories years later. The art is affected by where it came from. I don’t remember who it was, but someone off-screen when I was talking to E-40 said, “Imagine if someone said to Johnny Cash: ‘You shot a man in Reno just to watch him die! 3 (2006) Everybody Ain't Able with Jay Tee (2007) The Best of Mac Dre Vol. SFW: Have you had a chance to screen the movie in the Bay? Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. ?” and that led us to Mac Dre and Keak da Sneak, and the whole Bay Area movement. Video documentary: Mac Dre (as Andre Hicks) Archive Footage . My roommate was listening to E-40 one day, and I was like, “What is going on! ZB: That was actually the earliest pitch for the documentary. Mac Dreโ€™s Legacy Lives on in New Documentary Film by Sam Ribakoff โ€ข 09/21/2016 10:52 am Itโ€™s been 12 years since Mac Dreโ€™s untimely passing, but the Oakland-born rapper and producer โ€” famous for coining the phrase โ€œfeeling myselfโ€ and introducing the world to the thizzle dance โ€” is still very much a legend in the Bay Area. Shamann Walton Elected Board President, Savage Love: Cooped Up, Going Nowhere & Coming Never, Protections for Employees During COVID-19, Top 12 Psychic Predictions for 2021 (Shocking REVEALED), 35+ Free Psychic Readings Online: A List of Every Free Reading Available by Phone, Chat, and App. ZB: Yeah, exactly. In 1992 he was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery when his lyrics were used against him in court. Kicks (2016) as Soundtrack. Watch the Trailer for Thizz Entertainment's New Mac Dre Documentary By Nastia Voynovskaya. Print. And how did the place that it comes from affect the art? ZB: Yes. In honor of the hyphy legend who introduced the world to a form of rap that was both playful and hard hitting, director Zachary Butler created the documentary,  The 90-minute film premiered in 2015 at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and is now available for streaming on iT. So, when I moved to Los Angeles a few years ago, and met Mike Risner, and the guys from Thizz Entertainment, I was already a fan.       Â. SF Weekly: How did Legend of The Bay come together? For a while, she kind of shut people out, and it was Drake who said, “You know, you should share with the world. Most people first meet me, and see that I’m this nerdy, skinny white kid from Alabama, and go “Huh, how did this happen?” [Laughs] Though I’m always surprised that none of the rappers or artist that I talk to are ever surprised. Posted by. The Gift (2005) as Mac Dre. Add to Wishlist. Title Year Status Character; Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay: 2015: Documentary: Himself: Ghostride the Whip: 2008: Video documentary: Himself: Looks like we don't have awards information. Obviously, his music was so ahead of his time. Other people had approached her about it, but she never really felt comfortable. โ€œLegend of the Bayโ€ is a must see documentary on the life of Mac Dre and the local independent rap industry that he helped to create.  But this is not intended to be the final piece on Mac Dre’s life, it’s intended to keep his legacy going. I went to a small art school in Alabama.It was a weird art and music college, and I was playing in a couple of bands at the time, and I was really into underground hip-hop, especially what was going on in Atlanta. SFW: It explains a lot about why a lot of Bay Area rap doesn’t sound like gangster rap from L.A., or club rap from Atlanta. Rap Legend Mac Dre is convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery after his lyrics are used against him in court. He’s got music that when you put it on today, it sounds like it came out today. I think most people will agree it’s not his best work, but I think the message of “I’m just going to keep going” is more important than the content of that album. I think she feels reinvigorated having it out there. According to Detective McGraw of the Vallejo Police Department (VPD), in a Black Entertainment Television (BET) documentary entitled American Gangster: Romper Room Gang, the Romper Room gang was a tightly knit band from the Crest. ?’ And put him on trial for that?” No one ever would think that, but a 19-year-old black kid from Vallejo, there’s no understanding that he may be taking artistic license here. Sorry! I’m worshiping at the source.’ In talking to Wanda, she’s come to realize what her son’s work meant to other people. There has been an aura around prolific mouth-pieces and this DVD captures some of today's most provoking mouth-pieces spitting their game on topics such as Love, Money, The Crack Era, Loyalty, The Pimp Game, The Rap โ€ฆ You would say, “What’s the cultural context that the art was created in? The late Vallejo rapper Mac Dre is an undisputed Bay Area music legend and godfather of the Hyphy movement. ZB:Yeah! It was them who convinced me to work on the project. Just being in discussion and knowing some of the same people. The respect gave him some leeway to experiment with style and image. ZB: I get this question a lot. Don’t hold this in. In 1992 he was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery when his lyrics were used against him in court. SFW: Why do you think Dre has had such a lasting impact? I’m worshiping at the source.’ In talking to Wanda, she’s come to realize what her son’s work meant to other people. It wasn’t just that he shook their hand, it’s like, ‘He grabbed me and took me on an adventure.        Â. SFW: I also loved how you started the movie talking about the black roots of the  Bay Area’s history. It’s kind of cool to give people the platform to organize their own events. We all just went, “Wow, that’s a good question.” Everybody went around and gave their own ideas about it, then someone in the audience said, “I think what this says is that he had such a personal charisma and magmatism, that everybody who met him has a Mac Dre story. Please Consider Disabling Your Ad Blocker, Sup. People don’t talk about Hammer when they talk about The Bay. He left prison with a new lease on life, founded an independent record company, and then was murdered just when he began to emerge as a star. I had never worked on a documentary before, and they were like, “No, no, we can tell just by talking to you, you’ve got the right attitude for this, even if you don’t have the experience.”, ZB: That was before I became a part of it, so I can’t give you the whole story on it, but I can tell you that people associate Mac Dre with the Bay so hard, that they forget that he has fans all over the world, and Drake was one of those fans. In researching and working on the documentary, Tray has met with many of Mac Dreโ€™s family and friends, including Curtis Nelson (Kilo Kurt). Other people had approached her about it, but she never really felt comfortable. Share it with people.” It definitely changed her perspective. This is where the Black Panthers were born. Directed by Zachary Butler. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. ZB: Absolutely. In โ€ฆ my man justin lomax went all out to feature you the best the bay has to offer in 21309. with interviews from people like mac dre, mac mall, & yukmouth, this is a must for anyone who likes the sideshow action and all the great rappers from the bay area. Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 10:36 AM. Last August, Daisy Coleman, 23, the rape survivor featured in the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, was found dead by suicide in her home. I have kind of a roundabout way to getting to Mac Dre. ZB: Yeah, exactly. Follow the inside story of how it all began for Dr. Dre as we take a journey though his pinnacle producer years right through to his lucrative partnership with Apple. That’s what artists should do, and just because it’s in a song doesn’t mean it happened personally.Of course, there’s a pretty ugly element of racism in these cases. Over burbling electronic instrumentals filled with blips and heavy bass,  Dre rapped lucid, earnest, and funny tales that inspired a generation of rappers to adopt and master his style, leading to the evolution of hyphy music. They would do anything for one another, they would ride together and die together. Don’t hold this in. Â. SFW: I never realized that Dre was the first rapper to record an album in prison, too. Great artist take that, shape it, then turn it into something new. Understandably, it’s not something she likes to talk about that much. Documentary. When he met her he was thrilled apparently. However, before he could reach that audience, Mac Dre needed money, which is where his gang, the Romper Room came in. From acclaimed producer/director Peter Spirer (Rhyme & Reason, Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel, BEEF 1-3) comes the first film to ever capture the energy and danger of hyphy, the Hip Hop youth movement exploding out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up on him, and he talks about him on “The Motto.”. This is where the Black Panthers were born. 6 years ago. ZB: Yes. A new documentary about the late Mac Dre has been officially released and the Bay Area legendโ€™s mother credits Drake with inspiring her to get it made. A documentary about the "hyphy movement" that took place after Mac Dre's death. ZB: When we did a screening, and there was a Q & A afterward, someone asked this same question. In 2004, Dre was tragically killed in Kansas City after a concert, a murder that is still unsolved to this day. Interviewing famous Bay Area rappers like E-40, Mistah F.A.B., Keak Da Sneak and the late Mac Dre, the documentary explores the origins of the practice and the eternal appeal of courting danger. It’s a little bit more politically involved. A new documentary about the late Mac Dre has just been released, and the Bay Area legend's mother credits Drake with inspiring her to get it made. 30. This FAQ is empty. 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