KMG Of Above The Law Passes Away

BREAKING: The Pomona, California emcee who recorded two gold albums with Above The Law has passed away this weekend.

This morning it has been confirmed by multiple sources that emcee KMG of Pomona, California Hip Hop group Above The Law has died. Longtime A.T.L. affiliate Kokane confirmed the passing of the man man born Kevin Michael Gulley's (thus KMG) on Twitter on July 7, along with music executive Chad Kiser, contacting HipHopDX. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

KMG (a/k/a KMG The Illustrator) worked on eight albums with Above The Law, a group he founded along with Big Hutch (a/k/a Cold 187um) and DJ Total K-Oss. As a solo artist, KMG also was featured on several of Kokane's albums, including 2012's mixtape Dr. Kokastien.

In their 22 year career, Above The Law was signed to Ruthless Records, Tommy Boy Records and Death Row Records. A.T.L.'s 1990 debut Livin' Like Hustlers and third album Black Mafia Life both achieved gold plaques, the latter featuring an early appearance by Tupac Shakur. The group has also worked with Eazy E, MC Ren, Jayo Felony and Kid Frost. The group made hit singles including "Black Superman" and "Murder Rap."

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56 Comments

  • BIG REG

    DAM HOMIE RIP KMG! ATL LIVES FOREVER!! SOUL SEARCHING WITH MY NIGGA KMG!!! SENDING LOVE FROM OKLAHOMA CITY THE 405!! REST WELL G!!!

  • KEITH O

    A REAL DOWN ASS NIGGA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KMGeeeeeeeeee REST IN PEACE

    Damn! when I say damn...Get up with those legends, KMG. Rest In Peace.

  • keith J.

    With the passing of chicken vin(KMG)who kept it real for the block,and put out hard core gangster rap for the streets.This is way to early for him to be gone,pour some liquor out for the homie vin.All (ABOVE THE LAW)eight CDs' they put out where straight(hard) Dope.Them fake Rapers that couldn't stand the test of time put out any thing for the mail.When Vin and Big Hutch and K-oss took time like aged wine to put out street shit,which kept us cool until the next gangster shit made bank.The black super man can't die.Now you sucker mother fuckers don't understand but to my mom I'm her real black super man RIP Vin.MAN YOU'LL BE GREATLY MISSED!!!

  • keith j.

    With the passing of chicken vin(KMG)who kept it real for the block,and put out hard core gangster rap for the pimp clinic.This is way to early for him to be gone,pour some liquor out for the homie vin.All (ABOVE THE LAW)eight CD's they put out where straight(hard)Dope.Them fake gangster Rapers that couldn't stand the test of time put out any thing for the mail.When Vin and Big Hutch and K-oss took time like aged wine to put out street shit,which kept us serious until the next gangster shit made bank.The black super man can't die.Now you sucker mother fuckers don't understand but to my mom I'm her real black super man RIP Vin.MAN YOU'LL BE GREATLY MISSED!!!

  • Fuck Pomona

    If you're from Pomona... You're probably a faggot.

  • Anonymous

    WEST COAST STAND DA FUCK UP...these muffukkas GOT/HAVE CLASSICSSSSSSSS...albums/songs/videos...RIP BLACK SUPAMAN...

  • Curtis75Black

    Rest In Paradise KMG !!! Get up with those legends !!

  • Chocochica

    Hey stupid. He was a good dude, an artist, a father and a friend who was trying to move himself and the genre forward. You, on the other hand still sound like a who-banging, stuck in the 90s, baby boy with a big mouth, . Grow up, maybe then you can man up and show some respect.

  • Fossie

    @fuck pomona .....feel ashamed punkass!!!!!

  • kennyken

    wow. i was just bumping the very first above the law last weekend.

  • Anonymous

    Above the law was is still is my #1 rap group of all time. RIP to a rap legend.

  • thought dog

    RIP to a legend.

  • Andre

    RIP KMG, God Bless You Soul

  • Anonymous

    rip Og westcoast above the law was a ruthless group .

  • Jacc

    I'm forever bumpin Flow On from their first album that song is crazy

  • j

    Damn another pioneer gone R.I.P. Black Superman

  • Yssup Kidz

    RIP KMG. The video for VSOP was classically hilarious, especially after twisting a few. Look it up.

  • All Eyez on Me

    Rest in Paradise.....joining Tupac in Thugz Mansion now.

  • Anonymous

    for those who dont know they were part of N.W.A. aswell crazy man since yesterday all of sudden i listened to uncle sams curse and now i read this. RIP

  • me

    damn with so many good mc's passing away there's no wonder hip-hop is going down rip kmg! i bump atl in my car even we are in 2012 and i'm proud of it

  • Bug

    R.I.P. KMG. I remember when I first saw the video for "Murder Rap" and thinking that Eazy E had a "put on" a dope group with two fresh MCs. "It's not what you know it's what you can prove....."

  • bea.afriend@yahoo.com

    Remember "My Lord God, I trust You always, I will not fear, for You are withy me; and You will never leave me to face my perils alone." KMG is singing with the Angels. Our prayers are with the entire family, especially LG. God's love bringing you strength

  • hiphoppa

    Got to give it up to one of the greatest to ever do it. I still bang ATL. I'm in my 40's and this is going to take a minute for soak in. Knowledge Most Greatly made some amazing music that still stands to NOT be defeated by these new playaz. They prosonified Gangsta Music. btw: If you are knocking any persons death, I hope someone in your life loves you because karma is a bitch and if you were to leave this earth suddenly and HipHopDX posted the news, your family might not like what everyone is posting about you.. i.e. Fuck Pomona... watch your back son, Grimm Reaper doesn't give, he takes. Peace goes out to ATL, peace goes out to the Gulley Family one-love. East Coast head that bangs that West Coast ish. Real Recognize Real.

  • Kicket

    http://187prod.com/post/26713928588/rip-kmg :(

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P , I grew up listening to ATL, sad day So, KMG is dead and Big Hutch has been reduced to working with the Insane Clown Posse to pay his bills...... I really cant tell who's worse off

    • WesVader

      For one. Have some respect for The whole legacy of Above The Law. Too many of you sideliners just watchin someone to fail knowing if you was face to face with anybody you'd be a frigid lil bitch. I got love for ICP too. They are one of the biggest selling independant rap group in history. Thier merchandise is the most selling next to Kiss T-shirts. They are also above the law fans. Hutch is working with people he that love him. Real artist. Most of yall aint doing shit but blogging lies & hate. The pit of fire is waitin. I know Hutch like a brother so I can speak on it. Some of ya'll don't even know the history of the West Coast movement. So shut your ass that's attached to your neck & break ya fingers. Read a book dummies....

    • buffalo bill

      the juggalo homo's haha id rather be broke then "making money" with those fags what kind of money a few dollars? just enough to get the valltrax prescription? lol and you should talk Juggalo603 talking about him beating off to wayne and drake? your name speaks for itself you do everything you accused anon for doing to icp i thought they were dead but its the ironic shit all the good ones die while icp and vanilla ice are still alive gods got a sense of humor

    • Juggalo603

      I would have to say that you are probly worst off. Your a lame ass hiphopdx troll, at least big hutch is still doing what he loves and making money, While you sit at home rubbing your dick to fags like lil wayne and baby kissing each other you fuckin fag. Before you point your finger, make sure your hands are clean homo! Mcl!!

  • Anonymous

    one of the greatest of all time, ATL 4 ever!

  • Times Up

    RIP, that Livin' Like Hustlers album was a classic.

    • Anonymous

      Time Will reveal and uncle sam's curse were where Above The Law really came into their own. Nobody sounded like them. Nobody has managed to sound like them since. True pioneers and legends who did their own thing.

    • Me

      I am more partial to Black Mafia Life myself. But Livin Like a Hustler had The Last Song. I used to love that and the D.O.C's The Grand Finale. They also had a EP Vocally Pimpin that had some good songs on it.

    • TheRefriedMexican

      "Livin' Like Hustlers" & "Uncle Sam's Curse" two classic albums that everybody needs to cop (or download) RIP KMG

    • insanemacbeth

      yeah, "LIVIN' LIKE HUSTLERS" was classic. fa reel.

    • Fuck Pomona

      no it wasn't Straight Outta Compton is the only West classic

  • Fuck Pomona

    HAHAHAHAH one less bitch LOL yo Hutch you're next LMAO

  • WC

    damn..R.I.P KMG was a cool as fuck

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  • Anonymous

    I will definitely bump Black Superman and VSOP this weekend for KMG, RIP

  • dRob

    Most under rated rap group of all time. Rest in peace KMG.

  • Anonymous

    Livin' Like Hustlers is a criminally slept on album. RIP KMG.

  • problemz/problema

    NYC born and raised and we bumped that black superman and a bunch of other of Above the Law joints out here heavy..R.I.P to a legend

  • Chocochica

    It was Gulley not Dulley! Kevin Michael Gulley= KMG.

  • Anonymous

    THAT'S FUCKED UP I remember listening to Above the Law in my youth on my way to school RIP

  • Slumpalotdaslumpaholic

    R.I.P.- Bumping "murder rap" right now. Very sad to hear especially with the influence they had on my life and west coast rap overall.

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