Today in Hip Hop History: December 26, 1964
Anthony Peaks, aka Apache, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964. The rapper began his music career as a part of The Flavor Unit hip hop group, which is now just known as The Unit. The Flavor Unit was a crew of MCs and DJs from NYC and New Jersey that evolved into an artist management company after management transition. In 1995, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere took over the Flavor Unit Entertainment Company.
Apache first appeared on the Flavor Unit debut album, The 45 King Presents The Flavor Unit, in 1990. The album, alongside affiliations with radio stations, propelled the crew onto the hip hop map. Following its success, Apache signed a record deal with Tommy Boy Records to record his debut album. The album, titled Apache Ain’t Shit, was released in 1993 and peaked at #66 and #15 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Charts, respectively.
The hit single from the album, “Gangsta Bitch,” peaked at #67 on the U.S. Billboard 100. It was arguably Apache’s magnum opus from his solo rap career.
After his debut release, Apache decided to stop rapping and continue his passion for writing instead. He wrote for artists such as Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, 2Pac, Fat Joe and others. Furthermore, Apache decided to pursue a religious life and change his ways with maturity and God. It wasn’t until 2009 when the rapper returned to the studio to try and resurrect his music career.
Unfortunately, in January of 2010, Apache passed away due to undisclosed causes. The rapper apparently had heart problems, but it has not been officially confirmed as of now. Anyways, Happy (would be) 51st birthday to a classic East Coast gangsta rapper, Anthony “Apache” Peaks, and Rest in Peace (1964-2010).