You may not be familiar with multi-platinum record producer and executive Laylaw (of Above the Law), but if you're a fan of Hip-Hop there's a very good chance that his name is on several albums you own.
One of the chief architects of the G-Funk sound, Laylaw's work with Dr. Dre has appeared on releases for Ruthless Records, Death Row Records, and Aftermath Entertainment. The producer also served as advisor to Eazy-E during the turbulent days of N.W.A., before moving on to work with the late Tupac Shakur on the rapper’s sophomore album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. He contributed to "California Love," one of the best-known and most successful songs of 2Pac's extensive catalog, and the collaboration between the two continued up until the rapper's untimely death.
True to the scene he rose from, Laylaw turned down major publishing deal offers and remained loyal to Ruthless Records as he went on to help launch the careers of the legendary Above The Law group, as well as rapper/singer Kokane.
The man has an undeniably deep resource of connections in the industry, but fans will be thrilled to know that he also holds the keys to several unreleased gems from some seriously high-profile artists. Now, with his Lawhouse Records imprint, he plans to release some of those lost tracks, according to HipHopDX.
The triple disc, box-set Lawhouse Greatest Hitz will serve as the first installment of the releases, an album that will feature both released and unreleased music from Ice Cube, 2Pac, DJ Quik, E-40, Above The Law, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Nas, Flo-Rida, Pharcyde, Luniz, Michel’le, Stanley Clarke and George Duke, among others.
Not content with strictly mining the past for profit, Laylaw is also planning on exposing some new talent to the world with Lawhouse Records. His most prominent signing is South Central, Los Angeles rapper Chuck Crazy, who recently released his first single, “L.A. Waves.”