Mac Dre is a Bay Area legend and the godfather to the Hyphy movement. 12 years after his death, “Legend of the Bay,” an hour long documentary about the life is now available and Drake may be to thank for the films existence.
In an interview with All Hiphop, his mother, Mac Wanda said:
“I met with Drake in San Francisco we sat down and he talked with me about how Mac Dre impacted his life and his career, what he’s doing and the big impact that Mac Dre had when Drake was a young boy. So listening to that, it kind of opened up my eyes that maybe I do need to do this. If Andre was alive he would definitely be capitalizing and making as much money as he could.”
“Legend of the Bay” documents Mac Dre’s ride to fame and his influence within the Hiphop community. Artists interviewed for the documentary include Warren G, Wiz Khalifa, E-40, Too $hort, DJ Quik and more.
In 2004, Mac’s life was cut short in 2004 when he was murdered in Kansas City at the age of 34. Mac Wanda took several years to come to terms with her son’s fame and death as she told All HipHop:
“For a while up, for I’d say up to about eight years after he passed, his daughter and I kind of like went into seclusion. As you know, we were really depressed, really hurt and really traumatized by his death and everything. The hard part for us was we didn’t really get a chance to grieve or mourn privately, because once he got killed he became an even bigger public figure.”
Mac Wanda admits that a conversation with Drake is what made her realize her son’s significance and that’s when she decided that Dre’s legacy should be celebrated:
“I finally got to the point where I could look at it from that point of view. In the recent years I’ve been more accepting of monetizing the legend, the name and I’ve formed Andre Lewis Enterprise Company. I’ve really owned Thizz Entertainment and that business. For a long time I was not proud of it, but I am now and I think that conversation started with Drake, and with other up-and-coming entertainers like the Jabbawockeez. They told me how they emulate Mac Dre with a Mac Dre skit to start their show.”