Andre Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name Mac Dre, was one of the originators of hyphy and is generally considered the creator of Thizz music.
His lyrics were largely based on his neighborhood known by those around him as "The Crest", short for Country Club Crest, a particularly rough area on the Northside of Vallejo, California. His music under the record label Young Black Brotha gained popularity throughout the Bay Area in the early 1990s. In the mid to late 1990s, he received national recognition through his independent record labels Romp and Thizz Entertainment. During his music career, he released many hit singles, such as "Too Hard," "California Livin," and more recently "Feelin' Myself" and "Get Stupid". His music continues to be released posthumously. He was the creator of many popular dances which were referred to as giggin'.