Above the Law ‘Livin’ Like Hustlers’ 30th Anniversary

Release date: 20th February 1990

Label: Ruthless Records

Producers: Above the Law, Dr Dre, Laylaw

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Livin’ Like Hustlers is the debut album by American hip hop group Above the Law. It was released on February 20, 1990 via Ruthless Records, and an advanced promo cassette version was released two months earlier. The ten track record featured a guest performance from N.W.A on “The Last Song”, as well as audio production by Dr. Dre. In addition, Eazy-E served as executive producer of the album. It peaked at number 14 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 75 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

The album included two hit singles “Murder Rap” and “Untouchable”, which both charted at number one on the Hot Rap Songs. Its lead single, “Murder Rap”, also peaked at number 41 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales and later was featured on the fictional radio station Radio Los Santos in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as well as the 2009 film Pineapple Express. “Freedom Of Speech” appeared on the soundtrack to the 1990 Christian Slater film Pump Up The Volume. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.”

Additional info:

- The album comes in at #12 on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1990.

- The singles ‘Murder Rap’ and ‘Untouchable’ come in at #26 and #39 respectively on Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1990.

- The tracks ‘What Cha Can Prove’ appears on our Classic Material 1990 Mixtape.

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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