Apache (rapper)

Anthony Peaks (December 26, 1964 – January 22, 2010), better known as Apache, was an American rapper.

Apache in his "Gangsta Bitch" video
Apache in his "Gangsta Bitch" video
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Peaks
BornDecember 26, 1964
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedJanuary 22, 2010(2010-01-22) (aged 45)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1990–2010
LabelsTommy Boy, Warner Bros. Records
Associated actsFlavor Unit, Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, 2Pac, Fat Joe

Apache emerged from New Jersey in the late 1980s as a front man for the Flavor Unit, a hip-hop group.[1] He first appeared on the Flavor Unit album, The 45 King Presents The Flavor Unit, in 1990. Apart from his individual records, he also featured on the albums of Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, 2Pac and Fat Joe.[2]

Apache signed with Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records and released his debut album, Apache Ain't Shit (1993), which peaked at number 69 on the Billboard 200 and No. 15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[3] Also featured on the album was the single "Gangsta Bitch", which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 on the Hot Rap Singles.[4] Apache released the single "Do Fa Self" in 1993.

Apache died on January 22, 2010, of undisclosed causes.[5] According to fellow Flavor Unit members Ali Ba-Ski and Lakim Shabazz, the cause of death was heart failure after years of excessive eating, smoking and drinking.[6]



Year Title Chart positions
US 200 US R&B
1993 Apache Ain't Shit 69 15


  1. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Apache > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Apache discography at Discogs
  3. ^ "Apache Ain't Shit: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Apache: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rapper Apache dies". MTV News. January 22, 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Original Flavor Unit: An Oral History". Daily.redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved January 22, 2020.