14Dec/082

Above The Law

Thought we were plagued by an East Coast bias? Guess again. Today we salute Above The Law. T.R.O.Y. forum regular and occasional blog contributor Jaz (of Cold Rock Da Spot fame) was kind enough to supply us with the uploads. Click on the album covers to download.

Enjoy these albums and while you’re at it, educate yourself by reading the artist bio courtesy of AllMusic:

Part of the post-N.W.A explosion of California gangsta rap, Above the Law came out of the eastern Los Angeles suburb of Pomona; leader Cold 187um, aka Big Hutch (born Gregory Hutchinson), was joined by KMG the Illustrator (born Kevin Dulley), Go Mack (born Arthur Goodman), and DJ Total K-Oss (born Anthony Stewart). Mixing ’70s vintage funk and soul samples with live instrumentation (Hutchinson had studied jazz while in school), the group signed withEazy-E‘s Ruthless Records and issued their debut album, Livin’ Like Hustlers, in 1990; split into violence- and sex-themed sides, it was co-produced by Dr. Dre (prior to N.W.A‘s rancorous breakup) and received well in gangsta circles. The Vocally Pimpin’ EP appeared in 1991, and the full-length follow-up, Black Mafia Life, was released in 1993. Go Mack left the group shortly thereafter, and Above the Law stuck with the trio format for their last Ruthless album, 1994’s Uncle Sam’s Curse, which featured greater contributions from KMG. Following Eazy-E‘s tragically sudden death, Above the Law left Ruthless for Tommy Boy, debuting in 1996 with Time Will Reveal; although the lyrics stuck with the group’s well-worn gangsta themes, it demonstrated that Big Hutch‘s skills as a G-funk producer were becoming ever more polished…

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2 Responses to “Above The Law”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like it. Thanks alot!!

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  2. Erick says:

    Dope post! Above The Law are certainly one of my fave groups ever. Time Will Reveal is underrated.

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