G.A.T. (Feat Coolio) - Smiling Faces Sometimes (1995)

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singing quartet from Compton, CA, consisting of Wesley "Snappz" Johnson III, Kenneth "Blue" Blue, Andrew "Drew Baby" Sanders and Tyrone "Tycco" Butterfield

Next to the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (D.R.S.) this was the most unusual R&B quartet to come out of Los Angeles in the '90s. Just Another Day was the most amazingly unorthodox release of 1990's; combined 1970s-influenced soul singing with the imagery and themes of gangsta rap. G.A.T. (Gangstas and Thugs) wasn't even close to being the first R&B act to be heavily influenced by hip-hop, but not very many other acts embraced the type of thug-life lyrics associated with N.W.A., the Geto Boys, Ice-T, and Tupac. Most reviewer's said "its like N.W.A. meets the Chi-Lites or Ice-T meets the Dramatics" they were that unorthodox. Sporting westcoast styled gangsta attire, singers Wesley Johnson III, Kenneth Blue, Tyrone Butterfield, and Andrew Sanders gave gritty, troubling, first-person accounts of such things as gang warfare and serving hard time in prison. The group also sang on Coolio's "Moma I'm in Love Wit a Gangster" in 1994. G.A.T. shows they can handle downright heavy 1970s soul, and it shows on their interpretation of the Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love and Hate." Regrettably, the album didn't sell, and after being dropped by MCA, G.A.T. didn't resurface on another label. G.A.T. clearly has a vision and style of their own.

HipHop / Rap 90'S
Coolio, MCA Records, Smiling Faces Sometimes, G.A.T.

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