Black Mafia Life

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Black Mafia Life
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 2, 1993
Recorded1991-1992
Studio
GenreWest Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk
Length71:23
Label
Producer
Above the Law chronology
Vocally Pimpin'
(1991)
Black Mafia Life
(1993)
Uncle Sam's Curse
(1994)
Singles from Black Mafia Life
  1. "Call It What U Want"
    Released: 23 April, 1992[1]
  2. "V.S.O.P"
    Released: 29 November, 1992[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars

Black Mafia Life is the second studio album by American hip hop group Above the Law. This album is what would be considered the blueprint sound similar to Dr Dre's The Chronic. The album was recorded in 1991 into 1992 but was held back due to legal issues with Epic And Dr. Dre's Departure from Ruthless Records. It was released on February 2, 1993 via Ruthless Records. The album peaked at number 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 37 on the US Billboard 200. Rolling Stone gave the album 4.5 stars of 5.

As on the group's previous works, Livin' Like Hustlers and Vocally Pimpin', this album's audio production was mostly handled by A.T.L. themselves, but this one excluded any contributions from Lay Law. It featured guest appearances from Kokane, Eazy-E, 2Pac, MC Ren, and Digital Underground. Its lead single "V.S.O.P." peaked at number 9 on the Hot Rap Singles and number 97 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

Above the Law member Go Mack left the group after release of this album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Above The Law

No.TitleLength
1."Black Triangle"1:50
2."Never Missin' A Beat"6:58
3."Why Must I Feel Like That?"4:08
4."Commin' Up"5:21
5."Pimpology 101"4:04
6."Call It What You Want" (featuring 2Pac & Money-B)4:33
7."Harda U R Tha Doppa U Faal"4:49
8."Game Wreck-Oniz-Iz Game" (featuring Eazy-E & Kokane)5:12
9."Pimp Clinic"6:20
10."V.S.O.P."4:49
11."Process Of Elimination (Untouchakickamurdaqtion)" (featuring M.C. Ren)5:56
12."G's & Macaronies"4:04
13."G-rupies Best Friend" (featuring Kokane)5:30
14."Mee Vs. My Ego"5:20
15."Outro"2:21
Total length:1:11:23

Notes[4]

  • Track 2 contents elements from "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic (1979) and "Eulogy and Light" by Funkadelic (1970)
  • Track 3 contents elements from "Can Move You (If You Let Me)" by Parliament (1974), "Atomic Dog" by George Clinton (1982) and "Back to Life (Club Mix)" by Soul II Soul (1989)
  • Track 4 contents elements from "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss (1973)
  • Track 5 contents elements from "Introducing The Players" by Ohio Players (1975)
  • Track 6 contents elements from "Freak Of The Week" by Funkadelic (1979) and "4 The Funk Of It" by Above The Law (1991)
  • Track 7 contents elements from "Colour Me Funky" by Parliament (1979), "Bring The Noise" by Public Enemy (1987), "Wino & Junkie" by Richard Pryor (1974), "Scenario (Remix)" by A Tribe Called Quest & Leaders of the New School (1992) and "Let's Have Some Fun" by Bar-Kays (1977)
  • Track 8 contents elements from "On The Floor" by Fatback Band (1982)
  • Track 9 contents elements from "Fat Cat" by Bootsy Collins (1980), "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" by Parliament (1975), "Good Old Music" by Funkadelic (1970), "Heaven And Hell Is On Earth" by 20th Century Steel Band (1975) and "Niggers Are Scared Of Revolution" by The Last Poets (1970)
  • Track 10 contents elements from "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates (1981), "Backstrokin'" by Fatback Band (1980), "Cutie Pie" by One Way (1982), "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club (1981) and "The Bertha Butt Boogie" by The Jimmy Castor Bunch (1974)
  • Track 11 contents elements from "Do the Funky Penguin (Part 2)" by Rufus Thomas (1971), "Atomic Dog (Extended Version)" by George Clinton (1982), "You're a Customer" by EPMD (1988) and "Another Execution" by Above the Law (1990)
  • Track 12 contents elements from "Bon Bon Vie (Gimme the Good Life)" by T.S. Monk (1980)
  • Track 13 contents elements from "Housequake" by Prince (1987) and "Keep on Movin'" by Soul II Soul (1989)
  • Track 14 contents elements from "Heartbeat" by Taana Gardner (1981) and "Gigolo" by Fatback Band (1981)

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Billboard Music Charts album
Billboard Music Charts singles

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Above-The-Law-Call-It-What-U-Want/release/1342322
  2. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Above-The-Law-VSOP/release/7464626
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Black Mafia Life – Above the Law". AllMusic. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Black Mafia Life by Above the Law: Album Samples, Covers and Remixes". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-03-10.