4 (2008) The Best of Mac Dre Vol. ZB: When we did a screening, and there was a Q & A afterward, someone asked this same question. 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. It’s a little bit more politically involved. 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. 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! 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. 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. Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay A documentary about the "hyphy movement" that took place after Mac Dre's death. 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. SFW: Why do you think Dre has had such a lasting impact? Close. 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. 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. ZB: I get this question a lot. In November of 2004, Oakland-born and Vallejo-raised Hip Hop legend, Mac Dre, was shot and killed in the streets of Kansas City. Everything is an electronic dance beat with someone rapping over it. In 1992 he was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery when his lyrics were used against him in court. ?’ 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. Just being in discussion and knowing some of the same people. Obviously, his music was so ahead of his time. ZB: [Laughs] Yeah, that’s true. You would say, “What’s the cultural context that the art was created in? Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 10:36 AM. SFW: Have you had a chance to screen the movie in the Bay? 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. Who did you interview? The hyphy movement started kicking off about when I was in college, and it was just stuff that got passed around. And how did the place that it comes from affect the art? 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. 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 Don’t hold this in. My roommate was listening to E-40 one day, and I was like, “What is going on! 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. 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. It’s kind of cool to give people the platform to organize their own events. In 1989 Andre Louis Hicks performed the song "Too Hard for da Fuckin' Radio" at the James Hogan High School talent show. Add the first question. My roommate was listening to E-40 one day, and I was like, “What is going on! I have kind of a roundabout way to getting to Mac Dre. It premiered at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and it actually won the Audience Choice Award. 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. 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. 81. 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. 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. Mac Dre and the Romper Room Gang are living legends of how homeboys should be. After his release, he started a successful record label but was murdered just as his fame grew. ZB: [Laughs] Yeah, that’s true. Mac Dre was released from Lompoc Federal Penitentiary on August 2nd, 1996 after serving four years and four months and is back to drop some game on all his fans who've been eagerly awaiting his return. Documentary. They would do anything for one another, they would ride together and die together. SFW: And has Wanda in the video to it. 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. Title: The documentary โ€ฆ  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. ZB: That was actually the earliest pitch for the documentary. Everything is an electronic dance beat with someone rapping over it. Where does the story begin? In 2004, Dre was tragically killed in Kansas City after a concert, a murder that is still unsolved to this day. What he started with Thizz, blending EDM and hip-hop, well, that’s what everything is now, right? 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. 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. ZB: Absolutely. The Mac Dre style really starts when he gets out of prison and starts going to raves. I have kind of a roundabout way to getting to Mac Dre. In 1992 he was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery when his lyrics were used against him in court. 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. Some of it is out there on Youtube, but most of it had never been seen before. Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. He's got a compilation (The Rompalation) out now and 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.  But this is not intended to be the final piece on Mac Dre’s life, it’s intended to keep his legacy going. (2005) as Burton Ernie. Other people had approached her about it, but she never really felt comfortable. 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.      Â. ZB: That was actually the earliest pitch for the documentary. Last August, Daisy Coleman, 23, the rape survivor featured in the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, was found dead by suicide in her home. 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. New Legend of The Bay The Life of Mac Dre Documentary! 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. 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. Share it with people.” It definitely changed her perspective. 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. 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. Print. Pepper years. 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. Some of it is out there on Youtube, but most of it had never been seen before. โ€œRest in peace Mac Dre / Imma do it for the Bayโ€ is what Drake rapped on his 2011 hit โ€œThe Mottoโ€. 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. A family bond nobody could break. 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. Watch the Trailer for Thizz Entertainment's New Mac Dre Documentary By Nastia Voynovskaya. Don’t hold this in. And how did the place that it comes from affect the art? We've curated a list of lesser-known films to help you explore the space-time continuum from the comfort of your couch. This is where the Black Panthers were born. 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. Â. ZB:Yeah! This is a truly amazing story about crime, success, and the loss of a true legend in the rap world and entertainment industry. Understandably, it’s not something she likes to talk about that much.        Â. SFW: I also loved how you started the movie talking about the black roots of the  Bay Area’s history. The Best of Mac Dre (2002) The Best of Mac Dre II (2004) The Best of Mac Dre Vol. Directed by Zachary Butler. ZB: Absolutely. 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ZB: When we did a screening, and there was a Q & A afterward, someone asked this same question. 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. Other people had approached her about it, but she never really felt comfortable. Tags: Mac Dre, rap, hip-hop, Vallejo , โ€ฆ 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. 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. In โ€ฆ 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. He’s got music that when you put it on today, it sounds like it came out today. Add to Wishlist. Great documentary called Ghostride the Whip narrated by Sway Calloway. Like, ‘Oh my God! ZB: Yeah, exactly. 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! 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. The late Vallejo rapper Mac Dre is an undisputed Bay Area music legend and godfather of the Hyphy movement. It’s kind of cool to give people the platform to organize their own events. The respect gave him some leeway to experiment with style and image. When he met her he was thrilled apparently. A documentary about the "hyphy movement" that took place after Mac Dre's death. ZB: I get this question a lot. 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. Video documentary: Mac Dre (as Andre Hicks) Archive Footage Archive Footage. What he started with Thizz, blending EDM and hip-hop, well, that’s what everything is now, right? Get the feature film Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay plus the complete video of the performance that started it all. When he met her he was thrilled apparently. SFW: What was your relationship to Mac Dre and his music before you started making the documentary? The Gift (2005) as Mac Dre. . 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. Although this teaser is really short, what can you tell us about the documentary process? Email. Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. In 1992 he was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery when his ... View production, box office, & company info. 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. Please Consider Disabling Your Ad Blocker, Sup. I think it ultimately comes down to who he was as a person. In 1992 he was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery when his lyrics were used against him in court. 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. 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. 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. 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. Obviously, his music was so ahead of his time. 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. Directed by Shane Mario Ruggieri. Posted by. 6 years ago. Understandably, it’s not something she likes to talk about that much. It was them who convinced me to work on the project. Obviously, it’s devastating losing a child: He was young, and it was a tragedy. Look out for more on Mac Dre in Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Mac Dreโ€™s mother, Mac Wanda later this week. Archived. However, before he could reach that audience, Mac Dre needed money, which is where his gang, the Romper Room came in. 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 hyphy movement started kicking off about when I was in college, and it was just stuff that got passed around. Kicks (2016) as Soundtrack. He grew up on him, and he talks about him on “The Motto.”. 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! 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. ZB: Yes. Video documentary: Mac Dre (as Andre Hicks) Archive Footage . 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. It wasn’t just that he shook their hand, it’s like, ‘He grabbed me and took me on an adventure. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. ?” and that led us to Mac Dre and Keak da Sneak, and the whole Bay Area movement. 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 It was them who convinced me to work on the project. With Rob Aston, Davey D, DJ Quik, Mac Dre. Â. SFW: I never realized that Dre was the first rapper to record an album in prison, too. He’s got music that when you put it on today, it sounds like it came out today. 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. With Mac Dre, Equipto, Suga Free, Brotha Lynch Hung. 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. Pepper years. The art is affected by where it came from. ZB: Yeah, that is very much still going on, rappers being prosecuted for their lyrics. 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. u/SillySal. The art is affected by where it came from. 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: Yeah, exactly. (2015). SFW: Do you know when Dre  transitioned  from the Hammer look to the pimp look? 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. It’s a little bit more politically involved. ZB:Yeah! Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. Use the HTML below.       Â. SF Weekly: How did Legend of The Bay come together? 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. It wasn’t just that he shook their hand, it’s like, ‘He grabbed me and took me on an adventure. Cutting Room! Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. He switched to Mac Dre to honor his rap mentor, Michael โ€œThe Macโ€ฆ I think she feels reinvigorated having it out there. We were discussing the Mac Dre biopic, like a two picture film deal about The Crestโ€”a Mac Dre biopicโ€”and a documentary. People don’t talk about Hammer when they talk about The Bay. 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. People don’t talk about Hammer when they talk about The Bay. 3 (2006) Everybody Ain't Able with Jay Tee (2007) The Best of Mac Dre Vol. ZB: He went through phases, kind of like The Beatles had their early years and then their Sgt. I think it ultimately comes down to who he was as a person. peep this for sure and also pick up mac โ€ฆ 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. Like, ‘Oh my God! 30. 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. This FAQ is empty. 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. 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. Â. It’s been 12 years since Mac Dre’s untimely passing, but the Oakland-born rapper and producer — famous for coining the phrase “feeling myself” and introducing the world to the thizzle dance —  is still very much a legend in the Bay Area. 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. Great artist take that, shape it, then turn it into something new. ZB: Yeah, that is very much still going on, rappers being prosecuted for their lyrics. The Mac Dre style really starts when he gets out of prison and starts going to raves. Obviously, it’s devastating losing a child: He was young, and it was a tragedy. In researching and working on the documentary, Tray has met with many of Mac Dreโ€™s family and friends, including Curtis Nelson (Kilo Kurt). Sorry! You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. ZB: Yes. 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. 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. Is there a โ€ฆ Great artist take that, shape it, then turn it into something new. Share it with people.” It definitely changed her perspective. For a while, she kind of shut people out, and it was Drake who said, “You know, you should share with the world. 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. ZB: He went through phases, kind of like The Beatles had their early years and then their Sgt. ?” and that led us to Mac Dre and Keak da Sneak, and the whole Bay Area movement. 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? This is where the Black Panthers were born. I’m worshiping at the source.’ In talking to Wanda, she’s come to realize what her son’s work meant to other people. For the first time ever, his mother Wanda reveals the true experiences of a hip-hop legend. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? It premiered at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and it actually won the Audience Choice Award.  But this is not intended to be the final piece on Mac Dre’s life, it’s intended to keep his legacy going. The respect gave him some leeway to experiment with style and image. Title Year Status Character; Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay: 2015: Documentary: Himself: Ghostride the Whip: 2008: Video documentary: Himself: Known for movies. Tweet. ?’ 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. "The Gift" is a candid documentary of provoking players talking provoking game. He grew up on him, and he talks about him on “The Motto.”. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. 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