As the inventor of a sound that the world would come to know as G-funk, Above The Law's Cold 187 (AKA, Big Hutch) helped put the west coast on the map and influenced artists like Dr. Dre, Daz and Warren G with a style that combines hardcore lyrics with 70s style rhythms and of course, hard-hitting bass.
Big Hutch is taking it back to basics with a new album and a familiar sound.
"It's called The Big Hit, I did it straight for my fans, and it's out Tuesday. I didn't want any pre-release hype, any setup or anything like that," Hutch told Examiner.com. "I wanted it to be authentic. It's ten brand new records [plus 5 skits] and it's 100% me from the production to the vocals," he added.
On The Big Hit, Hutch revisited the rugged-yet-soulful sound that helped thrust him, the late great KMG and DJ K-oss into the national spotlight back in the early 90s, but the seminal producer also incorporated some new and different elements to ensure the record was 2014-ready.
"What I did on the record was a bunch of fusion. I did G-funk, jazz, hip hop, rock n' roll and blues,"Hutch noted. "It's all the flavor that comes with everything I've produced for Above The Law along with everything I've learned and studied along the way. It's gonna be a new era of G-Funk coming," he added with a confident smile.
Hutch's partner in rhyme, KMG The Illustrator passed away in 2012, but the "Untouchable" rapper looks to keep the soft-spoken, yet lyrically imposing MC's memory alive on his label, West World's upcoming projects.
"Next year will be the 25th anniversary of [Above The Law's debut album] Livin' Like Hustlers so we're putting out three records," exclaimed Hutch. "The first one is 25 Years of Hustling and then we're putting out a dedication to KMG followed by a book with ten songs that me, KMG and DJ K-oss did. Everybody's gonna be on that one: Kokane is on that, there will be production from myself and Battlecat, Chill from Compton's Most Wanted will be on there and the fans are gonna love it."
The Big Hit by Big Hutch will be available on iTunes Tuesday (April 1) at 12AM EST/9AM PST.