Born Andre Louis Hicks, he was a hip hop pioneer and founder of Thizz Entertainment. He was killed by unknown assailant in Kansas City after a dispute occurred with a club promoter there.
He independently recorded his first album in 1989, entitled Young Black Brotha.
He was controversially imprisoned from 1996 to 1998 for allegedly being affiliated with an attempted bank robbery.
He fathered a daughter named Drane.
He collaborated with E-40 on the song "Dredio."