Andre Louis Hicks, known professionally as Mac Dre, was an American rapper and record producer based in Oakland, CA. He was instrumental in the emergence of Hyphy, a cultural movement in the Bay Area hip-hop scene that emerged in the early 00s. Hicks is considered one of the movement's key pioneers that fueled its popularity into mainstream, releasing songs with fast-paced rhymes and baselines that inspired a new style of dance; as the founder of the independent record label, Thizz Entertainment, Hicks recorded dozens of albums and gave aspiring rappers an outlet to release albums locally. In 2004, Hicks was killed by an unknown assailant after a performance in Kansas City, Missouri, a case that remains unsolved. Andre Louis Hicks was born in Oakland, California on July 5, 1970 and moved to Vallejo at a young age, growing up in the Country Club Crest neighborhood known as The Crest, attended Hogan High School; when asked about his childhood, Hicks stated: "Situations came out for the better most of them, I went through the little trials and the shit that I went through."
Hicks first adopted the stage name MC Dre in 1984, but altered it to Mac Dre the following year because he considered the name sounded "too East Coast-ish". Hicks recorded his first three EPs as Mac Dre between 1988 and 1992. In 1992, Hicks was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, was sentenced to five years in federal prison after he refused a deal which included informing law enforcement about his partners. At the time of his conviction, Hicks owned. While imprisoned in Lompoc, Hicks obtained his G. E. D.. While awaiting trial, Hicks would record an album over the phone. Hicks was released from prison in 1997. During his time in prison, "Mac Dre Presents: The Rompalation" was released in 1996. After his release from prison in 1997, he recorded his second album Stupid Doo Doo Dumb, it was released April 28, 1998. Following those albums, Hicks met with Executive Producer Bernard Gourley and recorded the album Rapper Gone Bad with production help from Tone Capone, Lev Berlak, Warren G. In 1998, Hicks relocated to Sacramento to distance himself from his home neighborhood in Vallejo.
Around this time Hicks founded the Thizz Entertainment label, now managed by Hicks' mother, Wanda Salvatto, as Thizz Entertainment LLC. After Hicks and other Thizz Entertainment members had performed a show in Kansas City, Missouri on October 31, 2004, unidentified gunmen shot at the group's van as it traveled on U. S. Route 71 in the early morning hours of November 1; the van's driver crashed and called 9-1-1, but Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene from a bullet wound to the neck. He was buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. Young Black Brotha Stupid Doo Doo Dumb Rapper Gone Bad Heart of a Gangsta, Mind of a Hustla, Tongue of a Pimp Mac Dre's the Name It's Not What You Say... It's How You Say It Thizzelle Washington Al Boo Boo Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics The Genie of the Lamp The Game Is Thick, Vol. 2 Judge Dre Mathis Pill Clinton Dre Day: July 5th 1970 Supa Sig Tapes with Little Bruce Turf Buccaneers with Cutthroat Committee Money iz Motive with Cutthroat Committee Da U. S. Open with Mac Mall A Tale of Two Andres with Andre Nickatina Hyphy Thizz Entertainment Ghost-riding Rapbay
Massachusetts the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, New York to the west; the state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, is one of the original thirteen states. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, the most populous city in New England. Over 80% of Massachusetts's population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history and industry. Dependent on agriculture and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, higher education and maritime trade. Plymouth was the site of the second colony in New England after Popham Colony in 1607 in what is now Maine.
Plymouth was founded in 1620 by passengers of the Mayflower. In 1692, the town of Salem and surrounding areas experienced one of America's most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the Salem witch trials. In 1777, General Henry Knox founded the Springfield Armory, which during the Industrial Revolution catalyzed numerous important technological advances, including interchangeable parts. In 1786, Shays' Rebellion, a populist revolt led by disaffected American Revolutionary War veterans, influenced the United States Constitutional Convention. In the 18th century, the Protestant First Great Awakening, which swept the Atlantic World, originated from the pulpit of Northampton preacher Jonathan Edwards. In the late 18th century, Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the agitation there that led to the American Revolution; the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts has played a powerful commercial and cultural role in the history of the United States. Before the American Civil War, Massachusetts was a center for the abolitionist and transcendentalist movements.
In the late 19th century, the sports of basketball and volleyball were invented in the western Massachusetts cities of Springfield and Holyoke, respectively. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U. S. state to recognize same-sex marriage as a result of the decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Many prominent American political dynasties have hailed from the state, including the Adams and Kennedy families. Harvard University in Cambridge is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, with the largest financial endowment of any university, Harvard Law School has educated a contemporaneous majority of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Kendall Square in Cambridge has been called "the most innovative square mile on the planet", in reference to the high concentration of entrepreneurial start-ups and quality of innovation which have emerged in the vicinity of the square since 2010. Both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, have been ranked among the most regarded academic institutions in the world.
Massachusetts' public-school students place among the top tier in the world in academic performance, the state has been ranked as one of the top states in the United States for citizens to live in, as well as one of the most expensive. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was named after the indigenous population, the Massachusett derived from a Wôpanâak word muswach8sut, segmented as mus "big" + wach8 "mountain" + -s "diminutive" + -ut "locative", it has been translated as "near the great hill", "by the blue hills", "at the little big hill", or "at the range of hills", referring to the Blue Hills, or in particular the Great Blue Hill, located on the boundary of Milton and Canton. Alternatively, Massachusett has been represented as Moswetuset—from the name of the Moswetuset Hummock in Quincy, where Plymouth Colony commander Myles Standish, hired English military officer, Squanto, part of the now disappeared Patuxet band of the Wampanoag peoples, met Chief Chickatawbut in 1621; the official name of the state is the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts".
While this designation is part of the state's official name, it has no practical implications. Massachusetts has powers within the United States as other states, it may have been chosen by John Adams for the second draft of the Massachusetts Constitution because unlike the word "state", "commonwealth" at the time had the connotation of a republic, in contrast to the monarchy the former American colonies were fighting against. Massachusetts was inhabited by tribes of the Algonquian language family such as the Wampanoag, Nipmuc, Pocomtuc and Massachusett. While cultivation of crops like squash and corn supplemented their diets, these tribes were dependent on hunting and fishing for most of their food. Villages consisted of lodges called wigwams as well as longhouses, tribes were led by male or female elders known as sachems. In the early 1600s, after contact had been made with Europeans, large numbers of the indigenous peoples in the northeast of what is now the United States were killed by virgin soil epidemics such as smallpox, measles and leptospirosis.
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Michigan State University
Michigan State University is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan. MSU was founded in 1855 and served as a model for land-grant universities created under the Morrill Act of 1862; the university was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, one of the country's first institutions of higher education to teach scientific agriculture. After the introduction of the Morrill Act, the college became coeducational and expanded its curriculum beyond agriculture. Today, MSU is one of the largest universities in the United States and has 563,000 living alumni worldwide. U. S. News & World Report ranks many of its graduate programs among the best in the nation, including African history, criminology and organizational psychology, educational psychology and secondary education, osteopathic medicine, human medicine, nuclear physics, rehabilitation counseling, supply chain/logistics, veterinary medicine. MSU pioneered the studies of packaging, hospitality business, supply chain management, communication sciences.
Michigan State is a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of 62 leading research universities in North America. The university's campus houses the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, the Abrams Planetarium, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, the country's largest residence hall system; the Michigan State Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Michigan State Spartans football won the Rose Bowl Game in 1954, 1956, 1988 and 2014, a total of six national championships. Spartans men's basketball won the NCAA National Championship in 1979 and 2000 and has attained the Final Four eight times since the 1998–1999 season, including in 2019 with a victory over Duke. Spartans ice hockey won NCAA national titles in 1966, 1986 and 2007; the Michigan Constitution of 1850 called for the creation of an "agricultural school," though it was not until February 12, 1855, that Michigan Governor Kinsley S. Bingham signed a bill establishing the United States' first agriculture college, the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan.
Classes began on May 13, 1857, with three buildings, five faculty members, 63 male students. The first president, Joseph R. Williams, designed a curriculum that required more scientific study than any undergraduate institution of the era, it balanced science, liberal arts, practical training. The curriculum excluded Latin and Greek studies since most applicants did not study any classical languages in their rural high schools. However, it did require three hours of daily manual labor, which kept costs down for both the students and the College. Despite Williams' innovations and his defense of education for the masses, the State Board of Education saw Williams' curriculum as elitist, they reduced the curriculum to a two-year vocational program. In 1860, Williams became acting lieutenant governor and helped pass the Reorganization Act of 1861; this gave the college the power to grant master's degrees. Under the act, a newly created body, known as the State Board of Agriculture, took over from the State Board of Education in running the institution.
The college changed its name to State Agricultural College, its first class graduated in the same year. As the Civil War had begun, there was no time for an elaborate graduation ceremony; the first alumni enlisted to the Union Army. Williams died, the following year, Abraham Lincoln signed the First Morrill Act of 1862 to support similar colleges, making the Michigan school a national model. Shortly thereafter, on March 18, 1863, the state designated the college its land-grant institution making Michigan State University one of the nation's first land-grant college; the college first admitted women in 1870, although at that time there were no female residence halls. The few women who enrolled boarded with faculty families or made the arduous stagecoach trek from Lansing. From the early days, female students took the same rigorous scientific agriculture courses as male students. In 1896, the faculty created a "Women Course" that melded a home economics curriculum with liberal arts and sciences.
That same year, the College turned the Abbot Hall male dorm into a women's dormitory. It was not until 1899 that the State Agricultural College admitted its first African American student, William O. Thompson. After graduation, he taught at. President Jonathan L. Snyder invited its president Booker T. Washington to be the Class of 1900 commencement speaker. A few years Myrtle Craig became the first woman African-American student to enroll at the College. Along with the Class of 1907, she received her degree from U. S. President Theodore Roosevelt, commencement speaker for the Semi-Centennial celebration; the City of East Lansing was incorporated the same year, two years the college changed its name to Michigan Agricultural College. During the early 20th century, M. A. C. Expanded its curriculum well beyond agriculture. By 1925 it had expanded enough it changed its name to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1941, the Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture, John A. Hannah, became president of the College.
After World War II, he began the largest expansion in the institution's history, with the help of the 1945 G. I. Bill, which helped World War II veterans gain college educations. One of Hannah's strategies was to build a new dormitory building, enroll enough students to fill it, use the income to start construction on a new dormitory. Under his plan, enrollment increased fr
McMaster University is a public research university in Hamilton, Canada. The main McMaster campus is on 121 hectares of land near the residential neighbourhoods of Ainslie Wood and Westdale, adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens, it operates six academic faculties: the DeGroote School of Business, Health Sciences, Social Science, Science. It is a member of a group of research-intensive universities in Canada; the university bears the name of William McMaster, a prominent Canadian senator and banker who bequeathed C$900,000 to its founding. It was incorporated under the terms of an act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1887, merging the Toronto Baptist College with Woodstock College, it opened in Toronto in 1890. Inadequate facilities and the gift of land in Hamilton prompted its relocation in 1930; the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec controlled the university until it became a chartered, publicly funded non-denominational institution in 1957. McMaster University is co-educational, has over 25,000 undergraduate and over 4,000 post-graduate students.
Alumni and former students reside in 139 countries. Its athletic teams are known as the Marauders, are members of U Sports. Notable alumni include government officials, business leaders, Rhodes Scholars, Gates Cambridge Scholars, Nobel laureates. McMaster University resulted from the outgrowth of educational initiatives undertaken by Baptists as early as the 1830s, it was founded in 1881 as Toronto Baptist College. Canadian Senator William McMaster, the first president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, bequeathed funds to endow a university, incorporated through a merger of Toronto Baptist College and Woodstock College, Ontario. In 1887 the Act to unite Toronto Baptist College and Woodstock College was granted royal assent, McMaster University was incorporated. Woodstock College and Moulton Ladies' College, were maintained in close connection; the new university, housed in McMaster Hall in Toronto, was sponsored by the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec as a sectarian undergraduate institution for its clergy and adherents.
The first courses—initially limited to arts and theology leading to a BA degree—were taught in 1890, the first degrees were conferred in 1894. As the university grew, McMaster Hall started to become overcrowded; the suggestion to move the university to Hamilton was first brought up by a student and Hamilton native in 1909, although the proposal was not considered by the university until two years later. By the 1920s, after previous proposals between various university staff, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign to bring McMaster University to Hamilton; as the issue of space at McMaster Hall became more acute, the university administration debated the future of the university. The university nearly became federated with the University of Toronto, as had been the case with Trinity College and Victoria College. Instead, in 1927, the university administration decided to move the university to Hamilton; the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec secured $1.5 million, while the citizens of Hamilton raised an additional $500,000 to help finance the move.
The lands for the university and new buildings were secured through gifts from graduates. Lands were transferred from Royal Botanical Gardens to establish the campus area; the first academic session on the new Hamilton campus began in 1930. McMaster's property in Toronto was sold to the University of Toronto when McMaster moved to Hamilton in 1930. McMaster Hall is now home to the Royal Conservatory of Music. Professional programs during the interwar period were limited to nursing. By the 1940s the McMaster administration was under pressure to modernize and expand the university's programs. During the Second World War and post-war periods the demand for technological expertise in the sciences, increased; this problem placed a strain on the finances of. In particular, the institution could no longer secure sufficient funds from denominational sources alone to sustain science research. Since denominational institutions could not receive public funds, the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec decided to reorganize the university, creating two federated colleges.
The arts and divinity programs were reconstituted as University College and science was reorganized under the newly incorporated Hamilton College as a separate division capable of receiving provincial grants. Hamilton College was incorporated in 1948 by letters patent under The Companies Act, although it remained only affiliated with the university; the university traditionally focused on undergraduate studies, did not offer a PhD program until 1949. Through the 1950s increased funding advanced the place of sciences within the institution. In 1950, the university had completed the construction of three academic buildings for the sciences, all designed by local architect William Russell Souter. Public funding was necessary to ensure the humanities and social sciences were given an equal place. Thus, in 1957 the university reorganized once again under The McMaster University Act, 1957, dissolving the two colleges, its property was vested to McMaster and the university became a nondenominational institution eligible for public funding.
The historic Baptist connection was continued through McMaster Divinity College, a separately chartered affiliated college of the university. In 1957, PhD programs were consolidated in a new Faculty of Graduate Studies. Construction of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor began in 1957, was the first university-based research react
The Macdonald Campus of McGill University houses McGill's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which includes the Institute of Parasitology, the School of Human Nutrition and the McGill School of Environment. It is located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, in the West Island region of the Island of Montreal; the property is the home of John Abbott College. Construction began in 1905, the school opened its doors to students in 1907 as the Macdonald College of McGill University. Planned and funded by Sir William Macdonald, who provided a $2 million operating endowment, it was designed by architects Alexander Cowper Hutchison and George W. Wood. Several buildings on the downtown McGill campus were funded by Sir William Macdonald and designed by the Montreal-based architect Andrew Taylor, including the Macdonald Physics Building, Redpath Library, Macdonald Engineering Building, the Strathcona Medical Building —since renamed the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building. Far surpassing the Ontario Agricultural College, Macdonald College was the largest in Canada and in its day was one of the most modern agricultural colleges in the world.
After two years of planning and construction, the college opened in the fall of 1907 under principal James Wilson Robertson. In 1938, the Rural Adult Education Service of Macdonald College was established. In 1943, John W. McConnell purchased an adjacent 1,380 acres of farmland and donated it to the college, increasing the property's size to its current 1,600 acres. In 1965, it became the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. Students studying at Macdonald Campus can earn internationally recognized degrees at both the undergraduate - B. Sc. - and graduate level in the fields of agriculture, natural sciences, applied economics and engineering. In 1971, McGill leased a portion of the Macdonald Campus to the newly created John Abbott College, vacating many historic buildings for the CEGEP; this coincided with McGill's decision to move the Faculty of Education to the downtown campus. In 2002, this portion of the campus was permanently sold to John Abbott College. On September 26, 2006, Canada Post issued a special commemorative stamp in honour of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the college.
The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the School of Human Nutrition are located on McGill University's Macdonald Campus. The campus comprises 650 hectares in a waterfront setting on the western tip of the island of Montreal; the faculty offers: Certificate in Ecological Agriculture Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Sc. degree in either Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Food Science or Nutritional Sciences, or a B. Eng degree in Bioresource Engineering. In addition, M. Sc. M. Sc. Applied and Ph. D. programs are offered in the areas of Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Bioresource Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Food Science, Nutritional Sciences. The Faculty offers Diplomas; the Faculty offers some post-baccalaureate certificates: Certificate in Ecological Agriculture, Certificate in Food Science and Diploma in the Environment. The Macdonald Campus coat of arms honours Sir William Macdonald, the major benefactor of McGill's agricultural college: The colour of the field and the arm holding a cross are from the second quarter of the arms of Sir William Macdonald, the tobacco manufacturer and philanthropist, who founded the College.
His armorial bearings derived from the fact that he was a grandson of John, eighth Macdonald of Glenaladale. Until the 1930s, Macdonald College used Sir William's achievement as one quarter of the College arms; the two red martlets and the open book with its motto are from the arms of McGill University. The clover leaves signify fertility and their three segments suggest the three purposes of the Campus, i.e. agriculture and food. Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre J. S. Marshall Radar Observatory List of agricultural universities and colleges Morgan Arboretum Official website Macdonald Campus Students' Society Macdonald Campus Graduate Students' Society Macdonald Department of Bioresource Engineering Macdonald High School
Detective Mac Taylor is a fictional character and the co-protagonist of the CBS crime drama CSI: NY. Portrayed by Gary Sinise, Mac is the Director of the NYPD Crime Lab and the Supervisor of the NYPD CSI team. Mac appeared in 200 episodes of the CSI franchise. Born McCanna Llewellyn Taylor, Mac is the son of Millie; the elder Taylor served in the United States Army during World War II as a member of the 6th Armored Division, which liberated the concentration camp Buchenwald. In a taped interview, an elderly Holocaust survivor recounts how Mac's father a young Private, restored his dignity and offered him a candy bar. After being demobilized, Mac's father worked as a mechanic in the South Side of Chicago, where Mac was raised. In the final episode of season 8 Mac was revealed to have Welsh heritage, has the middle name Llewellyn. Mac's father died of small-cell lung cancer and spent the last eight months of his life in bed on a feeding tube; as a result, Mac has come to believe in a person's right to a dignified death.
However, when his father begged him to pull the plug, Mac couldn't do it. Mac was married to New York City native Claire Conrad, they married not long before Mac's father died during the late 1980s and the couple had no children, though Claire had a child named Reed Garrett from a previous relationship, whom she had since put up for adoption. Mac once described Claire as 5'6", with light brown hair and big blue eyes. Claire was killed in the September 11 attacks and her death troubles and pains him to this day, causing chronic insomnia. After her death, Mac got rid of everything that reminded him of her, except pictures and a beach ball she had blown up, saying, "Her breath is still in there." Her remains were never recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. It was stated that Mac admired his father and was influenced to join the military and go into law enforcement by him, he once said. As a child, he dressed up in fatigues and pretended to be a soldier rather than a superhero. Mac followed in his father's footsteps into the military and served in the United States Marine Corps.
He was a Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion 8th Marines during the peacekeeping mission to Beirut, Lebanon. In Season 6 it was mentioned that he served in the Gulf War and he is shown wearing the Southwest Asia Service Medal, although he himself has never spoken of the deployment, his decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He was discharged in March 1992 at Camp Lejeune. While serving in Beirut Mac was injured in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, from which he still bears a scar over his heart, it is revealed in flashbacks that he had tried but was unable to save a young Marine, Corporal Stan Whitney, fatally wounded and the memory still haunts him, as seen when he had to stabilize a critically injured Don Flack after an explosion in Season 2. Prior to his father's death, Mac had considered retiring from the Marine Corps to "settle down" and received a job offer from NYPD, he told his father he intended to turn it down and move back to Chicago to be nearer to him but his father encouraged him to take up NYPD's offer since Claire was from New York City.
Details of Mac's military service are sketchy as he has discussed his past to his colleagues but it has been implied that Mac had a distinguished and decorated career as a Marine. There are conflicting details about the rank at which he was discharged as his DD Form 214, as shown in the Season 2 finale, states that he was a Sergeant. In the same episode he stated that he was Lieutenant while serving in Beirut and in Season 6, in a flashback, he is shown to be a Major. Thanks to his Marine training, he is skilled in unarmed hand-to-hand combat and seems to have an intimate knowledge of a wide range of weaponry, from bows through East Asian weaponry to the more everyday guns and knives. To Mac, the type of weapon used is as revealing as anything else at the scene of the crime. Mac holds members of the armed forces and law enforcement officers in high esteem and to an higher standard, he considers a uniform a "badge of honor". As Detective Don Flack once said of him, "Once a Marine, always a Marine".
After being discharged from the Marine Corps, Mac moved to New York City and joined the New York City Police Department. Since he has called New York home, he once told a colleague that they were working for the "finest city in the finest country in the world". The following are the medals and service awards fictionally worn by Major Taylor. In addition, Major Taylor is a recipient of the Marine Corps Expert Rifle Badge and the Marine Corps Expert Pistol Badge. Throughout the series, Mac has shown that he will protect three things at any cost: The honor of his country, the safety of his city, the integrity of his lab. Strict but fair with his colleagues, his "follow the book" approach due to his military background, has sometimes put him in conflict with those working under him, as shown in instances where he was forced to take disciplinary actions against Danny, Sheldon and Adam for going against protocol, but trusts his team and has defended them from unfair criticism by the bureaucracy. Mac is portrayed as a workaholic and is seen working late into the night, after all the staff and his team have gone home.
It is due to his insomnia and his desire and dedication to bring criminals to justice. Mac believes that committing a crime is never justifiable rega
Morris Mac Davis is a country music singer and actor from Lubbock, who has enjoyed much crossover success. His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced the hits "Memories", "In the Ghetto", "Don't Cry Daddy", "A Little Less Conversation". A subsequent solo career in the 1970s produced hits such as "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me", he starred in his own variety show, a Broadway musical, various films and TV shows. Davis graduated at 16 from Lubbock High School in Texas, he spent his childhood years with his sister Linda and working at the former College Courts, an efficiency apartment complex owned by his father, T. J. Davis. Davis describes his father, divorced from Davis's mother, as "very religious strict, stubborn". Though Davis was physically small, he had a penchant for getting into fistfights. "In those days, it was all about football and fistfights. Oh, man, I got beat up so much while I was growing up in Lubbock," Davis said in a March 2, 2008, interview with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper.
"I was 5 feet, 9 inches, weighed 125 pounds. I joined Golden Gloves, but didn't do good in my division." After he finished high school, Davis moved to Atlanta, where his mother lived, to get out of Lubbock. Once he was settled in Atlanta, he organized a rock and roll group called the Zots, made two singles for OEK Records and promoted by OEK owner Oscar Kilgo. Davis worked for the Vee Jay record company as a regional manager, also served as a regional manager for Liberty Records. Davis became famous as a songwriter and got his start as an employee of Nancy Sinatra's company, Boots Enterprises, Inc. Davis was with Boots for several years in the late 1960s. During his time there, he played on many of Sinatra's recordings, she worked him into her stage shows. Boots Enterprises acted as Davis's publishing company, publishing songs such as "In the Ghetto", "Friend, Woman, Wife", "Home", "It's Such a Lonely Time of Year", "Memories", which were recorded by Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, B. J. Thomas, many others.
Davis left Boots Enterprises in 1970 to sign with Columbia Records, taking all of his songs with him. One of the songs he wrote in 1968, called "A Little Less Conversation", was recorded by Elvis Presley. Presley recorded "In the Ghetto" in sessions in Memphis. According to record producer Jimmy Bowen, "Ghetto" was pitched to Sammy Davis, Jr. but Mac Davis, guitar in hand, played the song in a studio, with onlookers such as Jesse Jackson and other members of the black activist community. Mac Davis, the only white man in the room at the time told Bowen, "I don't know whether to thank ya, or to kill ya." Mac Davis recorded the tune after Presley's version became a success, was released in a Ronco In Concert compilation in 1975. It was released on a campy Rhino Records Golden Throats compilation in 1991; the song became a success for Presley and he continued to record more of Davis's material, such as "Memories", "Don't Cry Daddy", "Clean Up Your Own Backyard". Bobby Goldsboro recorded some of Davis's songs, including "Watching Scotty Grow", which became a #1 Adult Contemporary success for Goldsboro in 1971.
Other artists who recorded his material included Vikki Carr, O. C. Smith, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. "I Believe in Music" considered to be Davis's signature song, was recorded by several artists before it became a success in 1972 for the group Gallery. He became known as a country singer. During the 1970s, many of his songs "crossed over" scoring on both the country and popular music charts, including "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me", "One Hell of a Woman", "Stop and Smell the Roses". During the 1970s, he was active as an actor, appearing in several movies, as well as hosting a successful variety show. Davis soon decided to pursue a career of his own in country music. After several years of enriching the repertoires of other artists, his big success came two years after signing with Columbia, he topped the Country and Pop charts with the song "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me". It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America in September 1972.
Some of Davis's lyrics invoked overtly sexual relationships. In the song "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me", he pleads with a woman not to become too enamored with him, because he does not want to commit to a full-time relationship. Other successful songs, such as "Naughty Girl" and "Baby Spread Your Love on Me", contained similar lyrics. In 1974, Davis was awarded the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year award; some of Davis's other successes include the songs "Stop and Smell the Roses", "One Hell of a Woman", "Rock'N' Roll", "Burnin' Thing". At the end of the 1970s, he moved to Casablanca Records, best known at the time for its successes with disco star Donna Summer and rock'n'roll band Kiss, his first success for the company in 1980 was the novelty song "It's Hard to Be Humble", a light-hearted look at how popularity and good looks could go to one's head. The song became his first Country music top 10 and a rare top 30 hit in the UK. (It was translated into Dutch as "Het is moe