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Above The Law

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 with Eazy-E's Ruthless Records and issued its 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. Released in 1998, Legends kept the West Coast gangsta flame burning, but proved to be their last release on Tommy Boy; they formed their own label, West World, and struck a distribution deal with Street Solid for 1999's Forever: Rich Thugs. The same year, Big Hutch released his solo debut, Executive Decisions.

In 2000, Big Hutch was recruited by Suge Knight to become the new house producer and musical director at Death Row Records, making it the new home of Above the Law as well. They recorded a new album called Diary of a Drug Dealer, but the release dates were continually pushed back while Big Hutch worked on production assignments, including the debut album by Crooked I; amid all the album delays, rumors began to circulate about the group's breakup. The album would finally arrived in 2009 as a digital download, on the Beatology label, and under the title Sex, Money & Music. In July of 2012 it was announced that KMG had passed away, although there was no mention of his cause of death. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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RIP KMG the group will neva b the same wo u...... The Illustrator# ! ! !
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R.!.P HESH SOUTHLAND THUGGG...
STR8 LIKE THAT!!!
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ALWAYZZX STAYING ABOVE THE LAW... POMONA9O9 KEEPING IT SO-CALXIII
WESST WEST!!!
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*hectic in the city chasing dat paper
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Chiefin on dat kush to dis 1! Reminiscing on them days when s**t was good, but still hectic in the chasing dat paper! ATL kept a n**ga str8,mentall y ! ! Some of the coldest production I've heard from dat n**ga Cold 187um! RIP KMG!!! None like ya on dat flow boy! DATS REAL!!! Y'all keep it 1 MIL!!!
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Above the law..... Bad a** f**king jam ever.....
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Something original
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I u come my way!! I'm gona have 2 spray!! Classic!✌️
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WATTS TO P-TOWN MUCH♥ AMG BIG HUCTH !...
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This album is the truth
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P-TOWNS BEST!!! R.I.P KMG
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POMONA jamm! R! P K M G!
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A t l
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And rich thugs
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Where's uncle sand curse and bm4l
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Y pandorA keep playin new s**t what happen to old school
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MUSIC
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Pimp Clinc!
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qp77
LOVE this!
It's hilarious though that whomever submitted the lyrics to this song made a lot of mistakes … starting with the beginning intro. It clearly says Looking for that good Stuff ... which is sampled from Fatback Band Backstrokin' .
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ATLaw is classic style. Always been a favorite.
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S**t beat hard
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Classic. Shyt
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it my s**t
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U look so fly on dem 100 spokes,one of the dopest rap groups ever , hutch has some newer songs out and it is bangin,west covina,s.g.v . in the house.
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Never gets old. I listened to this when it was new. Good music.
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Pomona ' SGV
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REAL G'z Recognize REAL GANGSTA FUNK! #ATL #PIMPCLINIC #LEGENDSINDA G A M E #IE
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My fav rap group
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Most underrated rap group! .. Left Coast!
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25 Years of Hustling coming out soon! ATL 4 LIFE!
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P-TOWN♥ WATTS 103RD ♥♡♥ 3×UP TOP E/S JDP CALI N**GAS...... .
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Above The Law my favorite group hands down on Blood thats on everything I love.
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Atl tru west riders
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West coast!!
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This is da s**t ..
F**k da new school..
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Every cd they put out is classic material..
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One of the best groups of all time
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That true west coast gangsta music. Stay up pomona. I.E.
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BLACK SUPERMAN THE BOMB
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P-TOWN HU$TLA$ ALL DAY EVERYDAY REPRE$TING THE 909 $.G.V BABY!
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ATL.. Underrated from da jump! Some good memories ridin' through da 'hood & city streets on the creep! .. If you know, ..ya know!
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ATL, brings back a lot of good memories. Rest In Peace, KMG!!!
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josh.g805
Adventures Of is a dope song
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P town playas...
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Timeless G's
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pomona foo
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awesome
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ATL was always under rated outside LA. A group that served as a team mate to NWA. This is Coooollllddd d d 187um!!!
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the best underground group ever
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kristijonazz
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