Above The Law

Genres: Urban
Tags: gangsta rap g-funk hip-hop west coast rap rap west coast hip hop california Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s
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Gangsta rappers from Pomona, California, USA, whose ultra-violent lyrics betray a keen nose for breezy rhythm tracks, largely sampled from 70s soul. They also utilizelive keyboards, bass and guitar to back the rhymes of the self-styled ‘hustlers’, Cold 187um (Gregory Hutchinson), KM.G. The Illustrator (b. Kevin Gulley), Total K-oss (b. Anthony Stewart) and original member Go Mack (Arthur Goodman). Their 1990 debut comprised two quite separate themes on the Mega and the Ranchin’ sides. The first dealt with graphic, unpleasant street violence narratives, while the second observed leering sexual scenarios. It was an unappetizing mix, despite the presence of label boss Eazy-E on ‘The Last Song’ (both he and Dr. Dre chaired production while they were still on speaking terms), and some otherwise attractive instrumental work. The follow-up mini-album, Vocally Pimpin’, at least boasted improved studio technique, but their second long-playing...

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