Hip-hop mourns the passing of the West Coast rap pioneer.
Above the Law group member KMG the Illustrator, real name Kevin Michael Gulley, passed away over the weekend. A cause of death has yet to be reported as many in hip hop remember the veteran MC.
KMG founded Above the Law in 1989 with Big Hutch, aka Cold 187um, and DJ Total K-Oss. They were signed to a variety of labels including Ruthless Records, Death Row Records and Tommy Boy Records. Above the Law recorded a total of eight albums, and KMG also appeared as a solo artist on several projects throughout the years.
When news of KMG's passing broke, many in the West Coast hip hop community took to Twitter to mourn the loss of their homie.
"KMG ---> Kevin Gulley was truley 1 of the Greats! RiP to my brotha , my Friend , my heart!!! I will miss him! I love U kev, n JESUS name."
ICE T tweeted a pic of him and KMG, saying:
"Don't wait till people have passed to speak on how much you love them.. Life is short."
Crooked I paid tribute saying:
"Some people credit Above The Law with helping innovate the sound we all heard and loved on the first Chronic album. #RIPKMG."
In Above the Law's 22-year-run, they worked with many hip hop legends, including Tupac Shakur, Eazy E and MC Ren. One of their biggest hits was "Black Superman," which has become an affectionate hashtag for remembering KMG on Twitter.
Rest in Power.
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