Johnny Ca$h, Bay Area Rapper With Ties To Mac Dre Gunned Down

Bay Area rapper Johnny "Johnny Ca$h" Castaneda died Thursday (Mar. 29) from a gunshot wound to the head, after being shot multiple times in an apartment complex in Vallejo, CA.

According to reports, Ca$h was signed to Mac Dre’s Thizz Entertainment, but joined the label after Mac Dre was gunned down in 2004. While authorities haven’t released details of their investigation, Ca$h’s murder is the second violent incident connected to Mac Dre’s name in the Sereno Village apartment complex within the past three months. Mario Espinsosa Matthews and Arthur Appling allegedly shot and killed Eli Issac Griffin during a botched robbery attempt. The men are currently standing trial for murdering Griffin.Yesterday (Mar. 30), a witness testified that she saw Matthews on the day of the shooting looking drunk and "hyper," wearing a mask of Mac Dre and dancing around with a gun.

Ca$h’s murder is the latest in a string of violent incidents surrounding Mac Dre. In 2003, Sacramento rapper C-Bo, San Francisco rapper Messy Marv and Kansas City based associate and rapper Anthony "Fat Tone" Watkins were in an SUV that was shot and struck multiple times.Fat Tone suffered the most severe injuries, but survived from several gunshot wounds.

One month later, in Nov. 2004, Mac Dre was killed in a drive-by shooting and crash in Kansas City. While a suspect was never arrested for Mac Dre’s death, police believed Fat Tone was behind the shooting and murder. Six months after Mac Dre was murdered, both Fat Tone and an associate named Jermaine "Cowboy" Akins were found murdered in a vacant construction area near Las Vegas, NV. Fat Tone’s family members claimed he went to Las Vegas to meet with Bay Area rapper Andre "Mac Minister" Dow. Mac Minister had supposedly arranged for Fat Tone to meet with Snoop Dogg, who happened to be playing in town that evening. Witnesses also claimed to have seen Mac Minister leaving the hotel with Fat Tone and Cowboy.

Dow was indicted for the murders of Fat Tone and Cowboy, but he fled, leading to his profile being showcased on the hit television series America’s Most Wanted.

He was captured in San Francisco in Mar. 2006 and charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.