By Austin Taylor
Harbour Event Centre
November 17, 2018
Andre Nickatina has held his position as the godfather of the Bay Area Hyphy rap scene for over 25 years, amassing a cult-like following across the globe. A celebrated discography of 30+ albums, featuring co-signs from Mac Dre, Smoov-E and E-40, Andre has put in an impressive amount of work over his career. His new album Pisces, a sold out North American Tour, and recent resurrection of legendary 75 Girls record label are a serious indication that he has plans to keep it going for years to come.
On Friday night Andre took the stage at Harbour Event Centre to a packed crowd of fans. Rapping the classics “Ayo for Yayo,” “Andre N Andre” and an acapella version of “Train With No Love.” A large amount of the spectators knew the words to every song. An even larger amount of the crowd took advantage of the seemingly relaxed cannabis policy at the venue, the lyrics “smokin’ weed like its legal” have taken on a new meaning in post legalization B.C. Andre did not shy away from promoting the accumulation of the hazy cloud rapidly gaining volume above the audience, “Where my weed smokers at!” Dressed in a crisp white T and beanie, Andre exudes the calculated demeanor of a true O.G. spitting tracks from every era of his prolific career.
Andre’s inimitable baritone wafted across the crowded venue, maintaining the unwavering cool that inherited him the crown of Frisco rap royalty. The Bay Area and Andre Nickatina go together like “strawberry soda, garlic bread and steak.” He proudly reps his hood any chance he gets, chanting bay-centric lyrics, and paying homage to the late Mac Dre asking the audience to “point to the sky for Mac Dre” and even asking the DJ to play full tracks from the ‘Frisco legend—listening along as he bobs his head in respect. His music is an audio map of the streets of San Francisco and surrounding areas. To say Nickatina has pride for his hometown is an understatement.
He went for quality over quantity Friday night, keeping the set short and sweet. After finishing his last track, he quickly exited the stage, leaving the crowd thirsty for an encore, other than a few energized attempts at an “Annnndddree” chant to lure him back out, the show wrapped up and the hoards went home red eyed and satisfied.andre nickatina, Harbour Event Centre