Livin' Like Hustlers

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Livin' Like Hustlers
Livin' Like Hustlers.jpg
Studio album by Above the Law
Released December 1989 (advanced promo cassette version)
February 22, 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 45:52
Label
Producer
Above the Law chronology
Livin' Like Hustlers
(1990)
Vocally Pimpin'
(1991)Vocally Pimpin'1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Livin' Like Hustlers is the debut album by American hip hop group Above the Law. It was released in February 1990 via Ruthless Records, and an advanced promo cassette version was released two months earlier.[2] The ten track record featured guest performing appearance from N.W.A on "The Last Song", as well as audio production was delivered by Dr. Dre alongside with the group, and 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 was charted 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 [3]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Murder Rap" 4:14
2. "Untouchable" 3:45
3. "Livin' Like Hustlers"
  • G. Hutchinson
  • K. Gulley
  • B. Cosby
  • Q. Jones
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

Sample credits[5]

Personnel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Livin' Like Hustlers – Above the Law". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Above The Law - Livin' Like Hustlers". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Soundtracks". "Pump Up The Volume". imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source. New York (#100). January 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Above the Law on WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-03-08.