Livin' Like Hustlers

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Livin' Like Hustlers
Livin' Like Hustlers.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 20, 1990
Recorded1989
GenreWest Coast hip hop
Length45:52
Label
Producer
Above the Law chronology
Livin' Like Hustlers
(1990)
Vocally Pimpin'
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Livin' Like Hustlers is the debut album by American hip hop group Above the Law.[2][3] It was released on February 20, 1990, via Ruthless Records; an advanced promo cassette version was released two months earlier. The ten track record was produced entirely by Dr. Dre and Above the Law and featured a guest performance from N.W.A on the track titled "The Last Song". 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. The album's lead single, "Murder Rap", also peaked at number 41 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[4]

In Popular Culture[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Dr. Dre and Above the Law.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Murder Rap"4:14
2."Untouchable"3:45
3."Livin' Like Hustlers"
5:45
4."Another Execution"
4:21
5."Menace to Society"
  • G. Hutchinson
  • A. Stewart
  • A. Goodman
  • K. Gulley
  • G. Burton
  • J. Constantino
  • T. Martin
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" (featuring N.W.A.)
6:21
Total length:45:52

Sample credits[6]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Livin' Like Hustlers – Above the Law". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "TrouserPress.com :: Above the Law". www.trouserpress.com.
  3. ^ "The Quietus | Features | Anniversary | Is Above The Law's Livin' Like Hustlers The Best Gangsta Rap Album?". The Quietus.
  4. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source. New York (#100). January 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 24, 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Soundtracks". "Pump Up The Volume". imdb.com. Retrieved February 19, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Above the Law on WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Above The Law, TLP". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Above The Law, BLP". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1990". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)