A San Francisco Bay area underground rap star, who police say was also a member of a gang of robbers, was killed in Kansas City, Mo. Andre Hicks, 34, known as Mac Dre, was killed about a. Monday when another vehicle pulled up beside the driver's side of the van he was in and began shooting, police said. The van swerved across the highway median, across the southbound lanes and down a steep embankment. Hicks was thrown from the van, but police said he died from the shooting. The driver crawled from the wreckage and walked for help. Hicks had performed at a concert in Kansas City, Kan. Police were trying to determine a motive, Capt. Vince Cannon said.
But his clever, hardcore rhymes had an underground following, and when he was killed on a Kansas City freeway last November, hip-hop radio stations mourned him at length. Mac Dre was big enough for that. Police investigators say Hicks, 34, was shot in a financial dispute, but the rumor mill said something sexier: that a West-Midwest rap war had flared and that a notorious Kansas City rapper dubbed "Fat Tone" had taken out Hicks. In the world of hip-hop, police say, bad blood often means good business. The two San Francisco men were indicted on murder charges early this month. Two days later, a year-old call girl who was in Las Vegas with them turned up dead in Fairfield, shot in the head. The violent story, pieced together through interviews and court records, reflects the blurry line between rumor and reality in the world of underground rap. Kansas City police Detective Everett Babcock , who cleared Watkins in Hicks' death, feared that rumors following the shooting might turn deadly. The saga began quietly, in the early morning hours of Nov.