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G.A.T.

A most unusual R&B quartet that arrived of LA in the first ’90s, G.A.T. mixed 1970s-inspired soul singing using the imagery and designs of gangsta rap. G.A.T. (Gangstas and Thugs) was barely the only real R&B act which was intensely inspired by hip-hop, nonetheless it was certainly one of the few that embraced the sort of thug-life lyrics connected with N.W.A., Ice-T, the Geto Guys, and 2Pac. Reviewers gave G.A.T.’s music such unlikely explanations as “N.W.A. fits the Chi-Lites” and “Ice-T fits the Dramatics,” as well as the quartet actually was that unorthodox. Dressing like gangsta rappers, performers Wesley Johnson III, Kenneth Blue, Tyrone Butterfield, and Andrew Sanders provided gritty, troubling, first-person accounts of specific things like gang warfare and portion hard amount of time in jail. But G.A.T. was similarly convincing when it found providing a silky, 1970s-inspired spirit ballad or interpreting the Persuaders’ traditional “Thin Like Between Like and Hate.” The quartet agreed upon with MCA in 1994, and its own debut album, YET ANOTHER Day, arrived in 1995. Regrettably, the record didn’t sell, and after getting slipped by MCA, G.A.T. didn’t resurface on another label.

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