Down by Law (MC Shan album)

Down by Law (MC Shan album)
Down By Law
Studio album by MC Shan
Released August 8, 1987
Genre East Coast hip hop
Label Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Marley Marl
MC Shan chronology
Down by Law
Born to be Wild
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Down by Law is the debut album by East Coast hip hop artist MC Shan. Released at the height of the Bridge Wars, a feud between artists from Queensbridge (such as MC Shan) and South Bronx (such as KRS-One), the album contains various diss tracks. The most prodigious of these disses are "Kill That Noise" and "The Bridge," which was later re-created as "Da Bridge 2001" by various Queensbridge artists. The album is produced by Marley Marl. It was the only Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros. album that was never initially released on CD by its distributor. The album was not released on that format until 1995, long after the 5-year distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records ended. By this time, Cold Chillin' distributed its material independently, mostly from its back catalog. This CD pressing would only be available for a limited time and went out of print for a few years. It was then re-released in 2001 as MC Shan: the Best of Cold Chillin', which featured all the tracks from Down by Law with a few additional non-album tracks. This version is now out of print as well. In 2007, it was re-released again by its new owner, Traffic Entertainment, in expanded form as a double-disc set with bonus tracks.

In 1998, it was listed in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[2]

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!" Marley Marl, MC Shan MC Shan
2 "Project Ho" Marley Marl MC Shan
3 "The Bridge" Marley Marl MC Shan
4 "Kill That Noise" (Boogie Down Dis) Marley Marl MC Shan
5 "Down by Law" Marley Marl MC Shan
6 "Left Me Lonely" Marley Marl MC Shan, TJ Swan
7 "Another One to Get Jealous Of" Marley Marl MC Shan
8 "MC Space" Marley Marl MC Shan
9 "Living in the World of Hip-Hop" Marley Marl MC Shan

Chart positions

Chart (1987) Peak
Billboard Top R&B Albums 40


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