Down by Law (MC Shan album)

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Down By Law
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Studio album by MC Shan
Released August 8, 1987
Recorded 1984–1987
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 45:03
Label Cold Chillin'/ Warner Bros. Records
Producer Marley Marl
MC Shan chronology
Down by Law
Born to be Wild
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Down by Law is the debut album by East Coast hip hop artist MC Shan. Released at the height of the Bridge Wars, a feud between artists from Queensbridge (such as MC Shan) and South Bronx (such as KRS-One), the album contains various diss tracks. The most prodigious of these disses are "Kill That Noise" and "The Bridge," which was later re-created as "Da Bridge 2001" by various Queensbridge-based artists. The album is produced by Marley Marl. It was the only Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros. album that was never initially released on CD by its distributor. The album was not released on that format until 1995, long after the 5-year distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records ended. By this time, Cold Chillin' distributed its material independently, mostly from its back catalog. This CD pressing would only be available for a limited time and went out of print for a few years. It was then re-released in 2001 as MC Shan: the Best of Cold Chillin', which featured all the tracks from Down by Law (except "Another One to Get Jealous Of") with a few additional non-album tracks. This version is now out of print as well. In 2007, it was re-released again by its new owner, Traffic Entertainment, in expanded form as a double-disc set with bonus tracks.

In 1998, it was listed in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!" Marley Marl, MC Shan MC Shan
2 "Project Ho" Marley Marl MC Shan
3 "The Bridge" Marley Marl MC Shan
4 "Kill That Noise" (Boogie Down Dis) Marley Marl MC Shan
5 "Down by Law" Marley Marl MC Shan
6 "Left Me Lonely" Marley Marl MC Shan, TJ Swan
7 "Another One to Get Jealous Of" Marley Marl MC Shan
8 "MC Space" Marley Marl MC Shan
9 "Living in the World of Hip-Hop" Marley Marl MC Shan
10 "Beat Biter" (LL Cool J Dis) Marley Marl MC Shan

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Billboard Top R&B Albums 40