Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Above the Law|
Time Will Reveal
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Definite Banger by The Pomona Pimps
G-Funk 4ever | Listenin' to the Delfonics | 05/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Above The Law has came out with album after album that changed the game each time. This one from 1996 is no different. The whole album is G-Funk, but do not think for one minute that is that generic P-Funk sampling that you hear hundreds emulate. Don't get it twisted; I love the P-Funk samples; they make for dope beats, but Cold 187um flips the script. His beats are always different than the other producers, and they are different on every ATL album! He experiments heavily and makes those off the beaten path boogie beats that bang! Now, the lyrics here are hella different from Uncle Sam's Curse from 1994. USC was politically heated, and this one is on the smooth pimpin tip. "Gorilla Pimp" is a prime example with a slammin' semi-southern fried inspired beat. Another pimp style song is "Clinic 2000" which is smooth and different beatwise. It seems to be a sequel to "Pimp Clinic" from Black Mafia Life. "Evil That Men Do" sorta reverts to more of a gangsta mentality, and is hella tight. The beat slaps hard with that L.A. style bounce. Another certified banger is "City Of Angels" remix with Frost. I love songs that represent for rappers hoods, and this one definitely puts it down for L.A. over a mid-tempo lowrider style beat. A good track to lay back and blow a sack to is "Endonesia" with a keyboard melody ridden lovably oddball beat. This album definitely is different musically, and shows another aspect of G-Funk. G-Funk is not as simple as many put it- P-Funk samples and gangbanger rhymes. Cold 187um definitely deserves a place in the rap hall-of-fame for his production skills."
Let This One Grow, Time Will Reveal This Is A Good Album (Ra
Chandler | Atlanta (College Park), Georgia | 06/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Above The Law's fourth full length album is quite different than their previous ones that they have released. After leaving Ruthless/Relativity Records and on to Tommy Boy ATL switches their style in their rhymes. On Livin' Like Hustlers, they had a more gangsta style rhyming. Their next two full length LP's Black Mafia Life and Uncle Sam's Curse were more focused on their pimp style of rhyming. The latter LP had a little spice of political influence. Time Will Reveal went back to the gangsta style rhyming, with a more updated touch.
At first I didn't like this album, because it didn't sound like other ATL albums. In fact I didn't make it through the album the first time. Around "1996" I lost my interest. But hearing this album a few more times, the album get easier and easier to listen to. KM G and Cold 187um rhyme like they haven't lost a beat. "Encore" and "The Evil That Men Do" are two tracks that lead off the album with energy. A few other standout tracks on here are "Killaz In The Park" featuring MC Ren and the bouncy single "Endonesia" (I have no idea who that girl is in the video). "City Of Angels (Remix)" featuring Kid Frost is a good track, not to mention "Apocalypse Now" ends the album on a high note. ATL does get back to pimpin, but briefly on "Clinic 2000" featuring Enuff and Daddy Cool.
This album can be a drag sometimes, especially with the fact that there are many songs with hooks that are longer than they are supposed to be. That might expain why most of these songs here clock in at 4 1/2 minutes where KM G and 187 only spit two short verses. Not to mention since ATL decided to focus on life in the Ponoma streets, they aren't saying anything new than what any other group from L.A. has made a while back.
Given that this is a dope album. Tommy Boy shouldn't let this go out of print, because this is one of their best albums that are from that label (believe it or not). This is nowhere near classic material from this group, but fans of gangsta rap from Cali will be impressed with this one. Peace.
Guest Appearances: B
Musical Vibes: B-
Top 5 Tracks:
1. Killaz In The Park (featuring MC Ren)
2. Apocalypse Now
3. Evil That Men Do
5. City Of Angels [Remix] (featuring Kid Frost)
1. 100 Spokes
4.5 stars from ATL -- - my favorite album of their's I have
G$ | B-More, MD | 10/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A little over 2 years since their last album "Uncle Sams Curse" (which many say is their best but I don't have it since I can't find it under 50 bucks!) KMG & Cold 187um are back with a near classic g-funk album. Off Ruthless records and moving to Tommy Boy (where they did my 2 favorite albums of theirs -- again I don't have 2 of their albums). Of the 13 songs on here, none are bad, 3 are ok, 3 or 4 are almost classics and 1 is a classic, the rest are good songs. Guests are on 3 songs rapping a 3 doing hooks so you get a lot of the rap duo (K-oss don't rap on the albums). Production is mostly handled by Cold 187 um (aka Big Hutch) like most of their albums. He does every song but 1, which Julio G produces, and 187um really out does himself on this as the production is great. A must have albnum for west coast G-Funk fans and my favorite of theirs (again I don't have "Uncle Sam's Curse" or "Livin Like Hustlers").
#2 - 9.5 (f/ Dorinda Roberts -- great beat)
#3 - 9.5 (great beat)
#5 - 9.5 (f/ Enuff & Kokane -- great beat)
#6 - 8.5 (good beat)
#7 - 8
#8 - 8.5 (f/ Dorinda Roberts -- nice beat)
#9 - 7 (f/ Enuff & Daddy Cool)
#10 - 8 (good beat)
#11 - 10 (CLASSIC -- about smokin -- great beat -- f/ Mike )
#12 - 7.5
#13 - 7.5
#14 - 8 (f/ Frost)
#15 - 9 (nice upbeat one to end the album)
COLD 187um (Big Hutch) -- Gregory Hutchinson -- b. around 1968 -- Pomona, CA
KMG -- Kenneth M. Gulley -- Pomona, CA
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