R.B.L., R.B.L. Posse, RBL
Legendary Bay Area gangsta rap group from the Harbor Road housing projects of Hunters Point, in San Francisco, CA. Original members were Black C (Christian Mathews) and Mr. Cee (Kyle Church), later joined by Hitman (Ricky Heard).
RBL Posse (RBL stands for Ruthless By Law) was formed in 1991. In 1992, they released their debut album, through In-A-Minute Records, entitled "A Lesson To Be Learned". It was a critical & commercial independent success. The album was pushed by the single "Don't Give Me No Bammer".
RBL Posse released in 1994 their sophomore album still on In-A-Minute Records, "Ruthless By Law", led by the single "Bounce To This".
Both "A Lesson To Be Learned" and "Ruthless By Law" are regarded as timeless Bay Area rap classics. They sold almost half a million independently so that RBL was signed by Atlantic Records outfit Big Beat.
Trigically, Mr. Cee was shot & killed on Harbor Road on New Year's Day in 1996 over gang related violence in the area.
Without him, Black C & Hitman released in 1997 for Big Beat RBL's third album, "An Eye For An Eye", which sold 88,000 copies. It featured production by Rick Rock, Mike Mosley, Black C, Cellski, The Enhancer & several others and wider appeal guests such as Mystikal and Tela.
In 2000, RBL Posse released through their own label Right Way Productions the compilation "Bootlegs & Bay Shit - The Resume" and in 2001 "Hostile Takeover", which would be their final album as Hitman, who had already been shot in the leg in 2001, was murdered in 2003 on Harbor Road.
RBL Posse still lives through Black C, who relocated in Antioch, CA & runs Right Way Productions.
200 - 2016
Big Beat, Fogtown Entertainment, In-A-Minute Records, Right Way Productions