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Andre Nickatina

Performing at UCLA.
Background information
Birth name Andre Adams
Also known as Dre Dog
Born March 11th, 1971
Origin San Francisco, California
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1992 - present
Labels In-a-Minute, Dogday, Fillmoe Coleman, Million Dollar Dream
Associated acts Equipto, Shag Nasty, Mac Dre, 11/5, San Quinn, Mob Figaz, Totally Insane, I.M.P., Messy Marv

Andre Adams, 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 .


Musical career

Andre Adams attended the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology but dropped out; he claims to have had a D average.[1] 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 and Raven in My Eyes, which were released independently under Dogday Records.[2] Unlike his albums released under the name Dre Dog, Cocaine Raps had deeper production values. Raven in My Eyes was noted for emphasizing "sequencers and keyboards that buzz and whine" over live instrumentation, as reviewed by Todd S. Inoue of the news magazine Metroactive.[3] That year, he founded his own record label, Fillmoe Coleman.[4] 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.[5]

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 (all three in 2000) made him more well-known in the West Coast underground rap scene.[2] Mosi Reeves of the San Francisco Bay Guardian noted Nickatina's popularity at a CD release party for another underground Bay Area rapper, Smoov-E; Reeves called Nickatina "a quick-witted rapper who spits as hard as Kurupt does".[6] A combo CD/movie project, Conversation with a Devil, followed in 2003.[2] Charlie Amter, a music critic for SF Weekly, regarded the film as a knockoff of the classic gangster movie Scarface.[1] Nate Denver for the SF Bay Guardian praised the album, though.[7] Another album, The Gift followed in 2005, when the newspaper SF Weekly named Nickatina the "Best Local Hip Hop Legend" of that year. In 2008, he released A Tale of Two Andres with Mac Dre. Although they released only two songs together, they were close friends and the album was a tribute to his memory.[4]


Solo albums

Year Title Chart Positions[8]
U.S. R&B U.S. Heat (Pacific)
1993 The New Jim Jones (as Dre Dog)
  • Released: June 17, 1993
  • Label: In-a-Minute
  • Format: CD, cassette
1995 I Hate You With a Passion (as Dre Dog)
  • Released: April 19, 1995
  • Label: In-a-Minute
  • Format: CD, cassette
79 7
1997 Cocaine Raps
  • Released: April, 1997
  • Label: Dogday
  • Format: CD
Raven in My Eyes
  • Released: June 23, 1997
  • Label: Dogday
  • Format: CD
1999 Tears of a Clown
  • Released: May 18, 1999
  • Label: Fillmoe Coleman
  • Format: CD
2000 Daiquiri Factory: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 2
  • Released: June 6, 2000
  • Label: Million Dollar Dream
  • Format: CD, cassette
These R the Tales
  • Released: November 14, 2000
  • Label: Fillmoe Coleman
  • Format: CD, cassette
2003 Conversation with a Devil: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 3
  • Released: April 22, 2003
  • Label: Fillmoe Coleman
  • Format: CD/DVD
2004 Bullets, Blunts In Ah Big Bankroll
  • Released: May 18, 2004
  • Label: Nicky Rose
  • Format: CD
2005 The Gift
  • Released: January 25, 2005
  • Label: Fillmoe Coleman
  • Format: CD
2009 Ugly Money, Vol. 2: Love It and Count It
  • Released: May 19, 2009
  • Label: I-Khan
  • Format: CD
Booty Star: Glock Tawk
  • Released: September 18, 2007
  • Label: Nicky Pearl
  • Format: CD
Cocaine Inc (Cocaine Raps 1, 2, & 3)
  • Released: September 1, 2009
  • Label: Fillmoe Coleman Records
  • Format: CD
Khan! The Me Generation
  • Released: April 20, 2010
  • Label: Fillmoe Coleman Records
  • Format: CD

Collaboration albums



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