Livin' Like Hustlers

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Livin' Like Hustlers
Studio album by Above the Law
Released December 1989 (advanced promo cassette version)[1]
February 22, 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop
Length 45:52
Label Ruthless Records
Producer Above the Law, Dr. Dre, Laylaw, Eazy-E (exec.)
Above the Law chronology
Livin' Like Hustlers
(1990)
Vocally Pimpin'
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
P.I.F.R. 4/5 stars

Livin' Like Hustlers is the debut album by the rap group Above the Law, released in February 1990. An advanced promo cassette version was released two months earlier.[1] Production for the album came from Dr. Dre (who was in N.W.A at the time), as well as Above the Law and LayLaw. Eazy-E (also a member of N.W.A) executive produced the album and performed on "The Last Song" as well. The song "Murder Rap" 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 [2]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Murder Rap" – 4:14
  2. "Untouchable" – 3:45
  3. "Livin' Like Hustlers" – 5:45
  4. "Another Execution" – 4:21
  5. "Menace to Society" – 4:33
  6. "Just Kickin' Lyrics" – 4:22
  7. "Ballin'" – 4:19
  8. "Freedom of Speech" – 4:20
  9. "Flow On (Move Me No Mountain)" – 3:57
  10. "The Last Song" [feat. N.W.A.] – 6:21

Personnel[edit]

  • Eazy-E - Executive Producer
  • Big Bass Brian - Mastering
  • Andre "L.A. Dre" Bolton - Keyboards
  • Cold 187um - Vocals, Producer
  • Dr. Dre - Assistant Producer
  • Peter Dokus - Photography
  • Helane Freeman - Art Direction
  • Joe Gastwirt
  • Go Mack - Vocals
  • K.M.G the Illustrator - Vocals
  • Laylaw - Vocals, Producer
  • David Mitson
  • Mike Sims - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
  • Donovan Sound - Engineer
  • Total Kaos - Vocals

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 75
1990 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 14

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Murder Rap" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 41
1990 "Murder Rap" Hot Rap Singles 1
1990 "Untouchable" Hot Rap Singles 1

Samples[edit]