Black Mafia Life [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Above the Law's second album had three things working against it. One: over two years had passed since their debut unless you factor 1991's Vocally Pimpin' EP, which certainly left many with the impression that they were no longer. Two: they had to follow up a strong Dr. Dre-produced debut with in-house production. Three: it was nearly half an hour longer than the debut, leaving it wide open for filler issues. Despite these factors, the members of Above the Law proved with Black Mafia Life that they were more than a one-album wonder. They returned with a record that was both more laid-back and assured, yet the sound was tougher all the same. The tales spun by Cold 187um, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Above the Law's second album had three things working against it. One: over two years had passed since their debut unless you factor 1991's Vocally Pimpin' EP, which certainly left many with the impression that they were no longer. Two: they had to follow up a strong Dr. Dre-produced debut with in-house production. Three: it was nearly half an hour longer than the debut, leaving it wide open for filler issues. Despite these factors, the members of Above the Law proved with Black Mafia Life that they were more than a one-album wonder. They returned with a record that was both more laid-back and assured, yet the sound was tougher all the same. The tales spun by Cold 187um, KM.G, Big Hutch, and Go Mack are as unrelentingly grim as ever, yet this is -- if anything -- a party record, full of grooves and licks swiped from Bootsy Collins, the Fatback Band, and Curtis Mayfield. Cold 187um's slick sampling work -- almost as accomplished as Dre's on the debut -- combined with live instrumentation more than makes up for the fact that none of the thoroughly convincing MCs are lyrical masters. Lop off a few substandard moments, replace them with one or two big singles admittedly, nothing here is as hot as the debut's "Untouchable", and you'd have a West Coast classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/2/1993
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992447744
  • Catalog Number: 24477

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Above the Law Primary Artist
Digital Underground Vocals
Mike Sims Guitar
Mike Smooth Guitar
Cold 187um scratching, Keyboards
Total K-Oss scratching
B-Laid Back Edwards Keyboards
Go Mack scratching
Technical Credits
Above the Law Producer
Eazy-E Executive Producer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Mark Paladino Engineer
Donovan Sound Engineer
Kokane Arranger
Cold 187um Arranger, Producer
Mary Ann Dibs Art Direction
Total K-Oss Arranger
Cartoon Artwork
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