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Above the Law
Above the Law

Origin

Pomona, California, United States

Genres

Hip hop

Years active

1989-present

Label

Ruthless (1989-1995)
Epic (1989-1991)
Giant (1991-1992)
Relativity (1994-1995)
Tommy Boy (1995-1998)
Street Solid (1998-1999)
West World Records (2002)

Associated acts

2Pac, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, N.W.A, DJ King Assassin

Members

Past members

Above the Law is an American hip hop group from Pomona, California. The group was formed in 1989 by Cold 187um, KMG the Illustrator, Go Mack and DJ K-Oss, and signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records label that same year. Mixing 1970s funk and soul samples with live instrumentation, the group are amongst the pioneers of G-funk music.

They released their debut album, Livin' Like Hustlers, in 1990 on Ruthless Records, which featured production work from Dr. Dre. The album shares a similar G-funk sound to Dr. Dre's 1992 pioneering album The Chronic. Cold 187um has claimed that he was the first to pioneer the G-funk style and that Dr. Dre's sound was largely inspired by the sound on that album.

After the death of Eazy-E in 1995, Above the Law left Ruthless to sign to Tommy Boy in 1996. Their fourth album, Time Will Reveal, was released through Tommy Boy in 1996, with the group still sticking to their gangsta-based lyrics and G-funk sound.

On 7 July 2012, founding member KMG the Illustrator died due to unannounced causes. According to Kokane, a new Above the Law album had been recorded before the death of KMG, but no release date has been set.

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