On Monday (July 21) a Las Vegas jury found Andre “Mac Minister” Dow guilty of first-degree murder for his role in the 2005 deaths of Anthony “Fat Tone” Watkins and Jermaine “Cowboy” Akins. Prosecutors accused Mac and Jason Mathis of fueling an ongoing feud between West Coast and Midwest rap artists, which led to the death of Hyphy pioneer Mac Dre.
Mac Minister was best known as a reformed bank robber who made himself a presence in the Bay Area’s Hip Hop scene. His reputation took a dive after he was involved in a brawl with E-40 at the 2000 Source Awards. Minister lived a relatively trouble-free existence for the next couple years, pulling double duty as a rapper and a promoter. In 2006 authorities named Mac Minister as a suspect in the retaliatory murders of Watkins and Akins. An anonymous tip led to his arrest and FBI indictment after being profiled on the show America’s Most Wanted. Read more…
Here we go again, Hip Hop being criminalized in the media for the millionth time this year. It appears that two High School seniors in California were suspended for posing for a prom picture and using a hand gesture that was interpreted to mean “Thizzin” a loose reference to taking esctasy popularized by the deceased Bay Area rapper Mac Dre. Is it possible that these overzealous cops are just looking at everything through a suspect lens? If they will do this kind of lopsided profiling to students in Lodi, CA imagine how they address the youth in the inner city?
Wonder whatever happened to the Hyphy Movement? Well, its on its way to a Blockbuster near you! Thats right, DJ Vlad has teamed up with producer Peter Spirer to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the Movement. This DVD should include all the usual suspects; E-40, Keak The Sneak, Too Short and numerous odes to Mac Dre.
Trailer after the jump. Read more…