UK duo of the early 90s comprising DJ K Gee and rapper Bello, originally titled Brothers Like Outlaw, who saw the potential of their debut album neutered by a long-delayed release schedule. Disillusioned, it was some small time before the release of their next record, the ‘Party Time’ 45, which included a sample of the Cookie Crew’s ‘Born This Way’. Here they worked with a singer (Alison Evelyn) and live percussion. Although some accused them of jumping the jazz-rap bandwagon, they had actually prefaced their interest in such things as long ago as their 1989 debut single, ‘Original Dope’, which sampled Donald Byrd. Bello rapped memorably on the KLF’s ‘What Time Is Love’, and also produced tracks for Upfront, while Karl has remixed for numerous artists including Queen Latifah, Mica Paris, Young Disciples and Omar. The group enlisted a live crew entitled Push, and gigged widely through Europe and Scandanavia during the 90s, eventually shortening their name to simply Outlaw. The group split shortly thereafter, Bello going on to record solo as Mister Bello. He also inaugurated his own label, Krazy Fly, to which he signed Upfront Ruddies, a crew he also manages.
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