Livin' Like Hustlers

Livin' Like Hustlers

by Above the Law
     
 

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With albums by Ice-T, N.W.A, the Geto Boys, and Eazy-E having popularized gangsta rap in the late '80s, the stage was set for the success of Above the Law. The members of this South Central L.A. group had close ties to members of N.W.A -- Above the Law produced their own debut album, Livin

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With albums by Ice-T, N.W.A, the Geto Boys, and Eazy-E having popularized gangsta rap in the late '80s, the stage was set for the success of Above the Law. The members of this South Central L.A. group had close ties to members of N.W.A -- Above the Law produced their own debut album, Livin' Like Hustlers, with Dr. Dre, and recorded it for Eazy's Ruthless label (which was going through Epic as well as Priority and Atlantic). Though not in a class with Ice-T's or N.W.A's work, Hustlers is a sobering depiction of ghetto life in L.A. Violent, profane, and graphic, songs like "Another Execution," "Menace to Society," and "Murder Rap" let listeners know exactly what life in South Central was like. The imaginative Dre's input as a producer is consistently beneficial, and he sees to it that the CD comes alive musically. ATL's lyrics would sound increasingly clichéd as the 1990s progressed, but Hustlers shows that at the dawn of the decade, the Angelenos had some freshness.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972388427
catalogNumber:
723884
Rank:
24997

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Above the Law   Primary Artist
Andre "L.A. Dre" Bolton   Keyboards
Mike Sims   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Laylaw   Vocals
Total Kaos   Vocals
Cold 187um   Vocals
KMG the Illustrator   Vocals
Go Mack   Vocals

Technical Credits

Above the Law   Producer
Eazy-E   Composer,Executive Producer
Trade Martin   Composer
Dr. Dre   Producer
Larry Blackmon   Composer
Donovan Sound   Engineer
Eric Wright   Contributor,Executive Producer
Laylaw   Producer
Total Kaos   Composer
Cold 187um   Composer
Helane Freeman   Art Direction
Robby Krieger   Composer

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