Andre Nickatina

Though inextricably linked to his pal, the late, legendary Mac Dre, Andre Nickatina, the rapper formerly known as Dre Dog, is very much his own man. Sure, he rides lo-fi beats with that peculiar Bay Area bounce in his delivery a la Mac. And sure, Nickatina raps about the hustler’s code in albums with titles such as Daiquiri Factory Cocaine Raps Vol. 2 (which makes Ghostface Killah’s Fishscale sound like it's drying out on the boat deck). But Nickatina has his own style, as is obvious to anyone who listens to his collaboration with Mac on 2008’s A Tale of Two Andres. Nickatina is a true West Coast underground champ—he’s never broken out into the mainstream—with the catalogue and years in the game to back it up. All ages. KEVIN CAPP

Fri., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., 2009

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