[Editor's note: This week's music feature looks at a recent DEA drug bust that claimed a substantial connection between late Vallejo rap legend Mac Dre's record label and a large-scale Ecstasy trafficking ring, of which 25 alleged members were arrested last month. One source for our story was East Bay hip-hop industry figure Stretch, who manages artists like Kreayshawn and Mistah F.A.B., among others. We thought Stretch's comments on the issue deserved reproduction at greater length than we could fit in print. Read our Q&A with him below.]
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency recently sent ripples of controversy through the Bay Area hip-hop scene by alleging that late rap legend Mac Dre's Thizz Entertainment label is tied to an ecstasy trafficking ring. It's a claim that those involved with upholding Dre's Thizz legacy have sternly denied -- including Bay Area industry figure Stretch, who gave us his views on the matter in a recent interview.
What's your official involvement with Thizz Nation?
I'm a partner in Thizz Nation.
What was your first reaction to hearing the DEA was investigating Thizz Entertainment?More »
When I heard about it, it was from someone else, and they called me asking what was going on, and I looked at the paper, and they had the indictment on it. I read the entire indictment, 50 something pages, and from my perspective, it was ridiculous. It's one thing to say that these people are doing these things, but it's another thing to say they're all associated [with Thizz], because the thing about it is Vallejo's a small city and the majority of the people that got caught up in this thing are from Vallejo.