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Andre DeSean Wicker
Dresta, Gangsta Dresta, Big Dre
Born (1971-05-05) May 5, 1971 (age 47)
Compton, California, U.S.
GenresGangsta rap, West Coast hip hop
Rapper, songwriter
LabelsDef Jam, Outburst,
Eazy-E, B.G. Knocc Out, MC Eiht, South Central Cartel, King Tee, Kam, Lil Eazy-E, Sylk E Fyne

Andre DeSean Wicker (born May 5, 1971), better known by his stage name Dresta, is an American rapper known for collaborating with Eazy-E on the 1993 single "Real Muthaphuckkin G's". He is also the older brother of rapper B.G. Knocc Out, who also collaborated in the song.

Early life

Andre Wicker was born and raised in Compton, California.[1] He and his brother Arlandis Hinton better known as B.G. Knocc Out. became Crips gang members.[2] They were affiliated with Nutty Blocc Compton Crips set.[3] He was convicted of assaulting another gang member in Compton in 1988, and was incarcerated at the California Youth Authority in Camarillo until 1993.[4]

Music career

While Dresta was serving his five-year sentence, he started writing lyrics and rapping, gaining some notoriety.[1] Within months of Dresta's release, he and B.G. Knocc Out signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records and made their debut on Eazy's 1993 multi-platinum EP It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa on the single "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" (which was censored to "Real Compton City G's" in order to garner MTV and radio airplay).[5] The song itself was a response to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's various 'diss' records towards Eazy-E on Dr. Dre's debut album, The Chronic.

In 1995, Dresta and B.G. Knocc Out released their debut studio album Real Brothas, which remains their only album to date. At the end of the same year, they made three guest appearances in Eazy-E's posthumous album Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton.

After B.G. Knocc Out's incarceration in 1998, Dresta worked with Death Row Records and appeared on two tracks from Death Row's Too Gangsta for Radio compilation, but never actually signed to the record label.[2]

Dresta stated in an interview that he is currently working on Dirty West mixtape series and on upcoming solo album, hinting possibility of Real Brothas to get re-released. Dresta also wrote a song for Dr. Dre's album Detox, but Dre didn't want to collaborate with him. He criticized Dr. Dre for surrounding himself with mediocre artists and the numerous delays of his Detox album.[2]

Personal life

1994 shooting

On January 14, 1994, Tyrone Thomas (also known as Tony Bogard), Andre Wicker and Rodney Compton were involved in a gang confrontation in Imperial Courts housing projects.[6] Thomas and Compton were former PeeJay Watts Crips[7] and Thomas had helped to organize a truce between Crips and Bloods in Watts, Los Angeles in 1992.[8]

At around 6:30 p.m., a shooting began in a parking lot in the 2200 block of East 114th Street.[7] 25 shots were fired, six of which hit Thomas,[9] who was said to be the prime target of the shooting.[8] According to witnesses, Thomas was carrying a pistol and he shot back at the assailants, possibly wounding two of them.[6]

Thomas and Wicker were subsequently hospitalized in Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center, where Thomas was pronounced dead. Wicker was in critical condition while arriving to the hospital, but received a surgery for a gunshot to his left arm and was released the same week.[10] Compton was wounded in the arm[9] and treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.[7] He was later charged with the murder of Thomas,[11] but was released from jail after pleading no contest to one count of voluntary manslaughter on May 31, 1994. Wicker was sentenced to one year probation under terms of a plea bargain.[12]

Registered Sex Offender

Andre Desean Wicker aka Dresta was convicted of Lewd Or Lascivious Acts With A Child 14 Or 15 Years Of Age And Offender 10 Or More Years Older Than Victim. He was convicted in August 2012 by a jury for "Failure to register as a sex offender in violation of Cal. Penal Code § 290(b). He is currently a Registered Sex Offender in the State of California and his home address is published which lists him as a resident of Inglewood California. The state lists his known alias(es) as: Alias(es) Anderson, David Wicker, Andre Shawn Wicker, Andre Moniker, Dre


Collaboration albums

Album information
Real Brothas with B.G. Knocc Out
  • Released: August 15, 1995
  • Label: Def Jam, Outburst Records
  • Singles: "50/50 Luv", "Jealousy", "D.P.G./K"

Collaborations as featured artist

  • 1999 : "Survival of the Fittest" (Dresta, WC & Young Shade) on the Thicker than Water soundtrack album
  • 2010 : "Real G'z" (Dre'Sta, Tony G & Enois Scroggins) on the VS Productions Some Newz Mixtape


  1. ^ a b BG Knocc Out & Dresta Rap Pages. Retrieved on 2009-07-27
  2. ^ a b c Interview: West Coast Legend Dre'sta! Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine (HTML) Raptalk.net. Retrieved on 2008-10-19
  3. ^ "Crips" (PDF). Gang Resistance Education And Training. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Reed, Mack (January 13, 1992). "Shooting Straight in Jail Juvenile corrections: A videotape production course at a California Youth Authority facility in Camarillo offers job skills and a reason to avoid crime" (Fee required). Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ B.G. Knocc Out Interview (HTML) Dubcnn. Retrieved on 2008-10-12
  6. ^ a b Renwick, Lucille (January 15, 1994). "Veteran of Gangs' War and Peace Dies by Gunfire Violence" (Fee required). Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ a b c Morgan, Shante (January 15, 1994). "L.A. grieves at killing of Crip-Blood peacemaker" (Fee required). San Diego: The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Gang Truce Organizer Fatally Shot On Street" (Fee required). Los Angeles: Daily News of Los Angeles. January 15, 1994. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ a b Katz, Jesse (June 1, 1994). "Man Freed in Death of Gang Leader Courts: Rodney Compton is to get one year probation in the slaying of Tony Bogard, who helped reach a truce between the Crips and Bloods" (Fee required). Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ Renwick, Lucille (January 15, 1994). "Peacemaker Among Gangs Is Cut Down by Gunfire Crime: Tony Thomas helped forge truce. He walked fine line between hero and target of culture he tried to reform" (Fee required). Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ Katz, Jesse (January 19, 1994). "Man Wounded in Gang Peacemaker's Death Is Charged" (Fee required). Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ Katz, Jesse (June 1, 1994). "Man freed in death of gang leader" (Fee required). Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010.

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