When the Uzi Bros. came out of Los Angeles in the late '80s, some people assumed that they were a gangsta rap group. But in fact, their forte was above-average, R&B-drenched pop-rap. Their lyrics were generally positive, and they had a fairly unthreatening image. Although much of their music was commercial, they weren't afraid to address social and political issues such as gang violence, drugs, and the prison system. What the Uzi Bros. didn't have was a huge following. In 1989, they signed with music industry veteran Art Laboe's Original Sound label (best known for its Oldies but Goodies series) and seemed to have the potential for commercial success. But 1990's Kick That Thang!, their only album for Original Sound, didn't sell. After that, little was heard from the group.
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