Andre Nickatina

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.

Andre Nickatina
Birth nameAndre L. Adams[1]
Also known asDre Dog
Born (1970-03-11) March 11, 1970[1]
San Francisco, California, United States
GenresHip hop, West Coast Rap
Years active1992–present
LabelsIn a Minute Records, Dogday, Fillmoe Coleman, Million Dollar Dream, I-Khan
Associated actsEquipto, Smoov-E, Shag Nasty, Mac Dre, 11/5, San Quinn, Mob Figaz, Totally Insane, I.M.P., Messy Marv, The Jacka

Personal life

Andre Adams was born on March 11, 1970 in San Francisco, and grew up in the city's Fillmore District. He attended the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology but dropped out and claims to have had a D average. Despite his troubled academic career, Andre maintained an honorable position within the school securing a rank of “Cobra Status” signifying his quick wit. [2][3]

Musical career

Andre Nickatina first appeared on the Bay Area rap scene in 1993 underneath the stage name Dre Dog. 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Soon afterwards, his following three albums, Tears of a Clown (1999), Daiquiri Factory: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 2, The Unreleased [Sold exclusively at shows and appearances] and These R the Tales (the latter three in 2000) gained him notoriety in the West Coast underground rap scene.[4] 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".[7] A combo CD/movie project, Conversation with a Devil, followed in 2003.[4] Lindsay Welnick, a music critic for SF Weekly, regarded the film as a knockoff of the classic gangster movie Scarface.[2] Nate Denver for the SF Bay Guardian praised the album, though.[8] Another album, The Gift followed in 2005, when the newspaper SF Weekly named Nickatina the "Best Local Hip Hop Legend" of that year. That same year, he would collaborate with Ilych Sato, better known as Equipto, for his 14th studio album titled "Horns and Halos", which would be accompanied by two sequels later that year and in the following year. Also, in 2005, Nickatina 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 three songs together (Andre N Andre, U Beezy, My Homeboy's Chevy), they were close friends and the album was a tribute to his memory.[9] Nickatina's self-entitled 2013 album debuted at #46 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #12 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and at a time appeared on iTunes' main albums chart, making it his most successful album to date.


Studio Albums

Year Title U.S. R&B Top Heatseekers 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
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1997 Cocaine Raps
  • Released: April 1997
  • Label: Filmoe Coleman Records
  • Format: CD
1998 Raven in My Eyes
  • Released: June 23, 1998
  • 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
2007 Booty Star: Glock Tawk
  • Released: September 18, 2007
  • Label: Nicky Pearl
  • Format: CD
2010 Khan! The Me Generation
  • Released: April 20, 2010
  • Label: Fillmoe Coleman Records
  • Format: CD
2013 Andre Nickatina
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Fillmoe Empire Distribution
  • Format: CD
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2018 Pisces
  • Released: March 23, 2018
  • Label: 75 Girls Records
  • Format: digital download

Other Albums

Collaboration Albums


  • Khantology: Cocaine Raps 1992-2005 (2006)
  • Khantology 2: Cocaine Raps 1992-2008 (2009)
  • Cocaine Inc. (Cocaine Raps Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3) (2009)


  • Green Eyes (2003)
  • Tales of II Andre's - The Mixtape (with Mac Dre) (2006)
  • The Wrath of Khan (Hosted by Demolition Men) (2007)
  • Where's my Money - The Mixtape (2012)


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  2. Amter, Charlie (2003-12-03). "Money, Power, Day Care". SF Weekly. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  3. "Andre Nickatina − Bio". Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  4. Gabriel, Robert (2003). "Andre Nickatina - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  5. Inoue, Todd S. (1998-01-08). "Andre Nickatina - Raven in My Eyes". Metroactive. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  6. Doxx (2005-08-19). "Classic Interview - Andre Nickatina (formerly Dre Dog)". Strivin. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  7. Reeves, Mossi (2002-09-18). "Smoov-E CD-release party, with Andre Nickatina, First Degree the D.E., and Be Gee". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  8. Denver, Nate (2003-10-22). "Local Grooves - Conversation with a Devil: Cocaine Raps No. 3 (Fillmoe Coleman)". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  9. "Best Local Hip Hop Legend (2005) - Andre Nickatina". 2005. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
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