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.

Personal Life

Andre Nickatina is from the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Musical career

Andre Adams attended the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology but dropped out; he claims to have had a D average. 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.

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. In 2005, Nickatina also 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 two songs together, they were close friends and the album was a tribute to his memory.

Year

Title

Chart Positions

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,

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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: Filmoe Coleman Records,

Format: CD,

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--

1998

Raven in My Eyes

Released: June 23, 1998,

Label: Dogday,

Format: CD,

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--

1999

Tears of a Clown

Released: May 18, 1999,

Label: Fillmoe Coleman,

Format: CD,

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--

2000

Daiquiri Factory: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 2

Released: June 6, 2000,

Label: Million Dollar Dream,

Format: CD, cassette,

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--

These R the Tales

Released: November 14, 2000,

Label: Fillmoe Coleman,

Format: CD, cassette,

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--

2003

Conversation with a Devil: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 3

Released: April 22, 2003,

Label: Fillmoe Coleman,

Format: CD/DVD,

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3

2004

Bullets, Blunts In Ah Big Bankroll

Released: May 18, 2004,

Label: Nicky Rose,

Format: CD,

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--

2005

The Gift

Released: January 25, 2005,

Label: Fillmoe Coleman,

Format: CD,

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--

2007

Booty Star: Glock Tawk

Released: September 18, 2007,

Label: Nicky Pearl,

Format: CD,

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--

2009

Ugly Money, Vol. 2: Love It and Count It

Released: May 19, 2009,

Label: I-Khan,

Format: CD,

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--

Cocaine Inc (Cocaine Raps 1, 2, & 3)

Released: September 1, 2009,

Label: Fillmoe Coleman Records,

Format: CD,

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2010

Khan! The Me Generation

Released: April 20, 2010,

Label: Fillmoe Coleman Records,

Format: CD,

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) (2010),

Compilations:

Unreleased (2001),

Hell's Kitchen (2002),

Rules of the Game (circa 1998),

Green Eyes (Compilation Album) (2003),

The Chicken Hill Project (2012) (Will be the Biggest comp since WEST COAST BADBOYS! ,

Mixtapes:

Where's My Money (2012)