Great documentary called Ghostride the Whip narrated by Sway Calloway. We've curated a list of lesser-known films to help you explore the space-time continuum from the comfort of your couch. Really, things started when Michael Riser, who’s an executive producer, [met] through some people at Thizz Entertainment, Mac Dre’s mother, and they had been kicking around the idea of a Mac Dre doc before. 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 He switched to Mac Dre to honor his rap mentor, Michael โ€œThe Macโ€ฆ It wasn’t just that he shook their hand, it’s like, ‘He grabbed me and took me on an adventure. I have a lot of friends who are art historians and I wanted to approach this doc like  any serious historian would approach any other artist’s work. SFW: Do you know when Dre  transitioned  from the Hammer look to the pimp look? It was them who convinced me to work on the project. How To Know If A Used Car Has Been Damaged In An Accident; Four Tips For Comfortable Driving On Road Trips; Understand why CBD topicals are increasingly becoming popular The Gift (2005) as Mac Dre. 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. Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 10:36 AM. It premiered at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and it actually won the Audience Choice Award. SFW: A decent chunk of the movie is actually given over to talking about Dre being prosecuted for “conspiracy to commit robbery,” and the prosecutors using Dre’s lyrics to his songs as “evidence” to indict to indict him. Â. SFW: I never realized that Dre was the first rapper to record an album in prison, too. You would say, “What’s the cultural context that the art was created in? Pepper years. Watch the Trailer for Thizz Entertainment's New Mac Dre Documentary By Nastia Voynovskaya. Directed by Shane Mario Ruggieri. ZB: Yeah, exactly. People don’t talk about Hammer when they talk about The Bay. SFW: An amazing piece of footage you found is Dre performing for the first time at Hogan High School, where he looks like MC Hammer. An artist’s work is allowed to describe the world they see around them and construct scenarios that maybe are violent and make people uncomfortable. 5 (2010) Other albums "The Gift" is a candid documentary of provoking players talking provoking game. So the process for me was taking that footage, and using it with some talking head interviews with artist who knew him, and other friends and family members, and use those pieces to help tell his story. Rap Legend Mac Dre is convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery after his lyrics are used against him in court. ZB: He went through phases, kind of like The Beatles had their early years and then their Sgt. 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.  But this is not intended to be the final piece on Mac Dre’s life, it’s intended to keep his legacy going. 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? Close. So the process for me was taking that footage, and using it with some talking head interviews with artist who knew him, and other friends and family members, and use those pieces to help tell his story.        Â. SFW: I also loved how you started the movie talking about the black roots of the  Bay Area’s history. โ€œRest in peace Mac Dre / Imma do it for the Bayโ€ is what Drake rapped on his 2011 hit โ€œThe Mottoโ€. Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. I met with Wanda before and she had talked to a number of other people about doing the doc, but she wasn’t comfortable with it, and I purposed introducing Mac Dre’s story by talking about history. In 1989 Andre Louis Hicks performed the song "Too Hard for da Fuckin' Radio" at the James Hogan High School talent show. ZB: I get this question a lot. He’s got music that when you put it on today, it sounds like it came out today. Add to Wishlist. It was them who convinced me to work on the project. A stylistic innovator and staunch proponent of individuality, he became a symbol of unapologetic self-expression as well as regional pride after his untimely death in 2004. I’m worshiping at the source.’ In talking to Wanda, she’s come to realize what her son’s work meant to other people. The respect gave him some leeway to experiment with style and image. I have kind of a roundabout way to getting to Mac Dre. nd how did that art affect the community that it emerged from?” That sounds really weighty and academic, but I think if you treat it like you would a Picasso painting, all of this stuff emerges that maybe people didn’t think about before.  The 90-minute film premiered in 2015 at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and is now available for streaming on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, or on the film’s website. Obviously, it’s devastating losing a child: He was young, and it was a tragedy. Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay This is a truly amazing story about crime, success, and the loss of a true legend in the rap world and entertainment industry. 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, Mac Dre: Legend of The Bay. ZB: Absolutely. Great artist take that, shape it, then turn it into something new. 30. SFW: What was your relationship to Mac Dre and his music before you started making the documentary? Created with the help of Mac Dre’s mother, Wanda Salvatto, Butler used old VHS footage of Dre, as well as interviews with Dre’s friends and people he had influenced, including  E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Tech N9ne, and Warren, to paint a portrait of the truly unique artist whose influence in music and culture will be felt for years to come. An artist’s work is allowed to describe the world they see around them and construct scenarios that maybe are violent and make people uncomfortable. After his release, he started a successful record label but was murdered just as his fame grew. And how did the place that it comes from affect the art? Video documentary: Mac Dre (as Andre Hicks) Archive Footage . We are partnered with a new platform called Tugg that let’s people crowdsource theatrical screenings, so if you and 20 friends want to see the movie in local theaters, they’ll contact that theater and set up the screening. ZB: Yeah, that is very much still going on, rappers being prosecuted for their lyrics. Add the first question. Don’t hold this in. When he met her he was thrilled apparently. Kicks (2016) as Soundtrack. Understandably, it’s not something she likes to talk about that much. 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. For a while, she kind of shut people out, and it was Drake who said, “You know, you should share with the world. It’s kind of cool to give people the platform to organize their own events. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? He had such credibility from going to prison and not telling on his friends that when he came back and started dressing like that, no one could make fun of him. Ranked at the top of the Forbes rich list in 2014, Andre Romelle Young, aka Dr. Dre is set to become one of the first hip-hop billionaires in the world! My roommate was listening to E-40 one day, and I was like, “What is going on! (2005) as Burton Ernie. New Legend of The Bay The Life of Mac Dre Documentary! ZB: He went through phases, kind of like The Beatles had their early years and then their Sgt. It wasn’t just that he shook their hand, it’s like, ‘He grabbed me and took me on an adventure. Someone literally just came with a little 8-track recorder and put it up against the receiver on the telephone in the visitors widow at the jail and played a beat and he rapped over it from the other side of the glass. Other people had approached her about it, but she never really felt comfortable. Please Consider Disabling Your Ad Blocker, Sup. Documentary. The late Vallejo rapper Mac Dre is an undisputed Bay Area music legend and godfather of the Hyphy movement. Posted by. I have a lot of friends who are art historians and I wanted to approach this doc like  any serious historian would approach any other artist’s work. You would say, “What’s the cultural context that the art was created in? The Mac Dre style really starts when he gets out of prison and starts going to raves. Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. A documentary about the "hyphy movement" that took place after Mac Dre's death. However, before he could reach that audience, Mac Dre needed money, which is where his gang, the Romper Room came in. SFW: Have you had a chance to screen the movie in the Bay? Use the HTML below. 6 years ago. Last August, Daisy Coleman, 23, the rape survivor featured in the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, was found dead by suicide in her home. I think it ultimately comes down to who he was as a person. 4 (2008) The Best of Mac Dre Vol. Obviously, it’s devastating losing a child: He was young, and it was a tragedy. In โ€ฆ This is where the Black Panthers were born. A documentary about the "hyphy movement" that took place after Mac Dre's death. In November of 2004, Oakland-born and Vallejo-raised Hip Hop legend, Mac Dre, was shot and killed in the streets of Kansas City. ZB: Yeah, exactly. ZB: Yes. Da U.S. Open with Mac Mall (2005) A Tale of Two Andres with Andre Nickatina (2008) Compilation albums. ZB: When we did a screening, and there was a Q & A afterward, someone asked this same question.  But this is not intended to be the final piece on Mac Dre’s life, it’s intended to keep his legacy going. People don’t talk about Hammer when they talk about The Bay. Â. ZB:Yeah! Print. 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. 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. Now, however, Thizz Entertainment โ€” Mac Dre's former label that manages his estate โ€” is releasing a documentary about the late artist: Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay. Like, ‘Oh my God! 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. 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. I think she feels reinvigorated having it out there. Don’t hold this in. For a while, she kind of shut people out, and it was Drake who said, “You know, you should share with the world. Look out for more on Mac Dre in Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Mac Dreโ€™s mother, Mac Wanda later this week. Title: This FAQ is empty. . In 1992 he was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery when his lyrics were used against him in court. Pepper years. SFW: And has Wanda in the video to it. 81. He had such credibility from going to prison and not telling on his friends that when he came back and started dressing like that, no one could make fun of him. ?” and that led us to Mac Dre and Keak da Sneak, and the whole Bay Area movement. 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. In 2004, Dre was tragically killed in Kansas City after a concert, a murder that is still unsolved to this day. It premiered at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and it actually won the Audience Choice Award. We are partnered with a new platform called Tugg that let’s people crowdsource theatrical screenings, so if you and 20 friends want to see the movie in local theaters, they’ll contact that theater and set up the screening. The hyphy movement started kicking off about when I was in college, and it was just stuff that got passed around.       Â. SF Weekly: How did Legend of The Bay come together? He’s got music that when you put it on today, it sounds like it came out today. u/SillySal. Who did you interview? ZB: When we did a screening, and there was a Q & A afterward, someone asked this same question. 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. He grew up on him, and he talks about him on “The Motto.”. ZB:Yeah! This documentary covers his young life, the birth of his career, as well as Mac Dre being convicted of conspiracy to rob banks partially because of the lyrics in his song โ€œPunk Policeโ€ and the rise of his record company, Thizz, and his unfortunate murder on the streets of Kansas City on the night of Nov. 1, 2004. He grew up on him, and he talks about him on “The Motto.”. Tags: Mac Dre, rap, hip-hop, Vallejo , โ€ฆ Video documentary: Mac Dre (as Andre Hicks) Archive Footage Archive Footage. 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. With Mac Dre, Equipto, Suga Free, Brotha Lynch Hung. Cutting Room! With Rob Aston, Davey D, DJ Quik, Mac Dre. 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. Everything is an electronic dance beat with someone rapping over it. In researching and working on the documentary, Tray has met with many of Mac Dreโ€™s family and friends, including Curtis Nelson (Kilo Kurt). 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. Email. Title Year Status Character; Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay: 2015: Documentary: Himself: Ghostride the Whip: 2008: Video documentary: Himself: Known for movies. ?’ 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. It’s a little bit more politically involved. 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. Late rap heavyweight Mac Dre is widely regarded as a pioneer of the early-2000s Bay Area hip-hop subgenre and culture known as โ€œhyphy.โ€ โ€ข He was originally known as MC Dre, but he felt the โ€œMCโ€ made him sound like an East Coast rapper. ZB: I get this question a lot. What he started with Thizz, blending EDM and hip-hop, well, that’s what everything is now, right? When Mike was talking to her, she said that she had an old VHS home recording of the first performance Mac Dre ever did at the Hogan High School talent show in 1998, and we were like, ‘People need to see that!’ Then, Wanda told us that she had even more old VHS tapes of all sorts of footage of Mac Dre: behind the scene concert footage, them going on vacations, hanging out in hotel rooms, stuff like that. Some of it is out there on Youtube, but most of it had never been seen before. The hyphy movement started kicking off about when I was in college, and it was just stuff that got passed around. I have kind of a roundabout way to getting to Mac Dre. Share it with people.” It definitely changed her perspective. Â. It’s a little bit more politically involved. And how did the place that it comes from affect the art? Obviously, his music was so ahead of his time. Obviously, his music was so ahead of his time. Zachary Butler: Really, things started when Michael Riser, who’s an executive producer, [met] through some people at Thizz Entertainment, Mac Dre’s mother, and they had been kicking around the idea of a Mac Dre doc before. For the first time ever, his mother Wanda reveals the true experiences of a hip-hop legend. Tweet. 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. The respect gave him some leeway to experiment with style and image. 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. Someone literally just came with a little 8-track recorder and put it up against the receiver on the telephone in the visitors widow at the jail and played a beat and he rapped over it from the other side of the glass. Some of it is out there on Youtube, but most of it had never been seen before. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Mac Dre, the Oakland rapper whose goofy demeanor and Bay-Area raps hold a special place in his fans' hearts, may be showing up at Coachella โ€” from the grave. Like, ‘Oh my God! When he met her he was thrilled apparently. 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. 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. We were discussing the Mac Dre biopic, like a two picture film deal about The Crestโ€”a Mac Dre biopicโ€”and a documentary. He's got a compilation (The Rompalation) out now and in โ€ฆ The art is affected by where it came from. Mac Dre and the Romper Room Gang are living legends of how homeboys should be. 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. 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. ZB: Yes. I think it ultimately comes down to who he was as a person. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. 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. They would do anything for one another, they would ride together and die together. 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. The Best of Mac Dre (2002) The Best of Mac Dre II (2004) The Best of Mac Dre Vol. I met with Wanda before and she had talked to a number of other people about doing the doc, but she wasn’t comfortable with it, and I purposed introducing Mac Dre’s story by talking about history. ZB: That was actually the earliest pitch for the documentary. Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. Great artist take that, shape it, then turn it into something new. 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. peep this for sure and also pick up mac โ€ฆ It's my goal to one day be able to play a part to either finance or write a full-length film on Mac Dre and what he created in the Bay and beyond. In 2004, Dre was tragically killed in Kansas City after a concert, a murder that is still unsolved to this day. Other people had approached her about it, but she never really felt comfortable. 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