December 4, 2014

Above The Law - Vocally Pimpin' (1991)

Above The Law was signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records in 1989 following the explosive success of Straight Outta Compton. In 1990 they released their classic debut album, Livin' Like Hustlers. The group consisted of primary MC and producer Cold 187um, a co-MC (if you will) KMG, and a DJ Total K-Oss, plus another dude named Kokane who was affiliated and maybe a part of their crew at one point, but that's another story. Cold 187um was a super skilled producer and in the final months of Dr. Dre's Ruthless days it can be assumed that the two were bouncing ideas off of each other, either directly or indirectly. Anyway Dr. Dre split for Death Row and Above The Law stuck with Eazy. Dr. Dre released The Chronic which everyone hails as the official start to g-funk, but Cold 187um claims that Death Row took his ideas. Regardless of what side of the argument you're on, you have to admit funky dope music was coming from both groups. This particular EP is a quick glimpse of g-funk in its embryonic stages. Anyway, this is a solid release, and that's about it. It is an EP and is unsurprisingly less developed than their full length albums. Check this out if you're a fan of the group's other works, but don't expect anything to be blown out of the water here.


Vocally Pimpin'