D’Andre L. Thompson (born March 6, 1991) better known by his stage name Hollywood Dre, formerly known as Buttnaked Dre is a American rapper from Birmingham, Alabama. As a child at the age of 12, Dre joined his middle school band and has been around music ever since. He explains, “I started physically writing lyrics around age 11, I played the trumpet in middle & high school so I was always into music.” By the age 18 Dre had notebooks and folders piled with lyrics. His first time recording a song didn’t happen until he was introduced to a friend that was a close friend of his. Eventually Dre went out and learned how to build his own studio and develop his own unique sound. By 2010 Dre had develop a well enough project to display to everyone. The Surprise Attack (2010) & 2.20 (2010) was his first two mixtapes. In 2011 Dre developed his own website, www.buttnakeddre.com which was later changed to www.bmgofficial.com . Dre desired to change his stage name from Buttnaked Dre to Hollywood Dre. He explains, “I felt like the name Buttnaked wasn’t family friendly even though I was getting a lot of attention for it, some good some bad I l knew in the long run it would have to changed.” During 2011 Dre dropped several mixtapes (F*ck Da Radio, The 90’s Baby, Im All In & Im All In 2) for more exposure and to show how better he was getting with his craft. He also was featured artist of the month on www.alabamahottradio.com. In January 2012 Dre tweeted that he would have a Valentine’s Day mixtape and a collaboration mixtape with one of his fellow friends Meat205, More Than Love (2012) & The Kool Pack (2012) was the results. By March 2012 Dre felt it was necessary to put together a collective of songs that represents him the most that he could take on the road and past out at shows, King of Clubz was the final outcome. He explains, “I have changed a lot over the past two years I just wanted to put out something that explains were I’m coming from and where I’m going.” In May of 2012 Dre release what he said would be one of his last mixtapes before the final, Thrax Radio. On Thrax Radio he explains, “My last Demonstration or mixtape will be a double disc and I like to think of it as my album before the actual album. I just want to stay ahead and have material to share with everyone while I’m in this crucial part of my career. I know it takes time to develop a solid album and I just want to be ready.” He later tweeted that the name of this double disc will be called 21-0 and should be release in September to promote singles and prepare for his album. In June 2012 Dre started working towards songs he felt would be radio & album ready. He released a song titled “Jump” which is currently in radio dj mix-shows and internet Radio. In August of 2012 Dre announced that “21-0 would not be a double disc just a solid 21 track cd.” On this 21 track disc Dre talks about how he’s just blessed to be on this earth 21 years old and not have a care in the world. He explains, “A lot of young people are caught up in the wrong things I just wanted to express myself to the youth and my elders that it is some of us young people that’s doing the right thing in life.” The single “Jump” received a lot of reviews and as of October 2012 it has maxed out downloads and over 3000 plays on sound cloud. 21-0 not only set the record for the most downloads that Dre ever had but it exceeded his expectations with over 35,000 views and 3,000 downloads on DatPiff. Dre explains, “I was excited when I got the news and even more excited when I seen it for myself, I worked so hard on that project and I’m glad people seen my creativity behind it.” At the top of November 2012 Dre tweeted a picture which was an art cover for what it seems to be another mixtape, Thrax Radio 2. Dre says, “I know I said that 21-0 would be my last mixtape but I have so much more to say and this is more like a celebration mixtape plus it’s a great way for me to promote the album that’s coming out next year.” This will be the second bmg official installment to the thrax radio series and what better way to end off the year before the album with me on some of the hottest songs this year. This mixtape was loaded with features from Meat205, Q Dot Davis, Crucial, Ed Turner, Young Symba and others. It’s known to some as if Dre and Ed Turner are working on a collaboration project named “Outkast.” Dre also tweeted that a video would be released for jump and the second single for the upcoming album entitled “Corrupted.” He ended 2012 off by jumping up to number 1 on the local charts for reverbnation and addition to releasing Thrax Radio 2 he stated that the name of the album will be The Hollywood Story. In February 2013 art work to this album was posted, the album would be release on April 9, 2013. In March 2013 artwork was revealed as if the third single would be entitled “Heavyweight”. Exactly 48 hours before the scheduled released Dre perform at in a battle of the bands competition and tied for first with a rock band. The Hollywood Story did over 3000 downloads in its first week. The album was met with mixed reviews, earning a score of 4 out of 5 stars on datpiff and other sites. As of August The Hollywood Story is certified “bronze” on datpiff with over 25,000 downloads. As part of the success that THS (The Hollywood Story) had, Thrax Radio 3 is expected to be release in October 2013. Dre is currently on the road, working on live shows and in the studio gaining momentum from family, friends, & fans. Dre says, “It’s a long road ahead but I’m excited about everything that I have learned and I just want to share my experience with everyone. I’m doing something that I always dream about doing. I live everyday by my motto dreams to reality.” Hollywood Dre continues to perfect his craft precisely the way he always wanted, creating a full complete campaign that he feels will explain where he’s been and where he’s going, and one that is sure to win him the notoriety that is demanded.