"Since last year (2004), it's been hard for me to pull out my RBL discs, simply because nothing but tragedy has hit this group: first, the murder of fellow rapper Mr. Cee, and last year, the muder of the EXTREMELY talented Hitman, who was killed at an intersection (he was in his late teens/early 20s). His crazy similies, really good rapping voice, cool flow, and nice cadence will definitely be missed, especially by his fans (like me).
For anyone that's been following RBL know they gangbang (Bloods), and it's really just been really hard to enjoy this album since Hitman's death (maybe it's because like he was, I'm young and it troubles me that so many young black men are losing their lives over ignorant silliness and nonsense). Needless to say, leader of the group, Black C is a truly gifted brother - he handles a lot of RBL's production and offers two beats on this joint: "Straight Lacin," the fifth track and "You Can't Hang" (track 11). Black C's most recent effort (a solo album) is aptly, as well as unfortunately, titled "Last Man Standing." Although it's almost futile to say this (which in itself is bad to say), I hope the remaining members of RBL find some positivity outside of gangbangin, because it'd be terrible for all of the members to be killed...
Aside from the tragic aura surrounding this group, I'd say this album is not on par with their previous effort, the excellent "Ruthless By Law" (which is what RBL stands for), but this is still a VERY strong third release. The excellent "More Game" (with a phat beat by the always on point west coast beatsmith, Mike Mosley) features a heartfelt ode to fallen homies by Oakland veteran Richie Rich.
Other dope tracks are the first song "The Individual" (although I think the nearly minute long a capella intro to the song was a bit much, as well as annoying - just play the song, guys!), "How We Comin (Southern Fried Mix)," "Straight Lacin," "An Eye For An Eye," one of my RBL favorites of all time, the AWESOME "Til the End," and the insanely vicious "Gotta Git Mine" (featuring rap veteran MC Eiht of the classic group CMW, and the south's Tela - see my review of his "Piece of Mind" debut - and a pre-Cash Money TQ crooning the chorus).
An interesting tidbit: I read in a magazine a few months ago an explosive bit of news about Big Lurch (the tall, deep-voiced dude featured on "How We Comin," as well as C-BO's song "Hard Labor" on his "Til My Casket Drops" album). According to producer Rick Rock (who used to be in a group with Big Lurch and a cat named Doonie Baby back in '96 called the Cosmic Slop Shop, and now currently heads up the group, 'The Federation'), Lurch murdered his 21-year old girlfriend, was found naked in an alley with blood all over him, opened her chest, and had eaten one of her lungs...wow. I don't even know what to say to that. (Copy the following address into your browser search bar to read more: http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=1775)
WARNING: RBL Posse is west coast rap, so you know it's hardcore gangsta rap...for real. I'm more of a hip hop head but I still bump RBL because they're dope and always jam hard. Of course I don't judge them, but although I love RBL, I get a semi-nauseous feeling just knowing that we've been robbed of two of their most talented members...and there's the possibility of them all dying to senseless street violence. Definitely, they provide us with good music, but our entertainment is their reality. All sorrows aside, this is definitely hardcore gangsta rap at its finest...and ROUGHEST. For those in the west coast, your southern brethren down here got RBL knockin the speakers in the trunk - we're not sleeping! HAPPY SPENDING!"
R.I.P. MR.CEE , AND BLACK C MAKE ANOTHER CD
Jeremy Coatney | 09/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"RBL POSSE IS TIGHT, I THINK BLACK C AND THE POSSE SHOULD MAKE ANOTHER CD ATLEAST THE LAST ONE FOR THE MILLENIUM ITS TIME TO GET OUR SERV-ON"
Rbl posse/ an eye for an eye
Jeremy Coatney | novato, CA | 08/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i love this cd. it's very melo. somthin to just kickit to. i call this sound soft rap.. not that it's soft like a punk, but the sound is melo. i love RBL yiggas. straight from the HP!"
stingy | seattle, wa | 04/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"LIKE FIRST REVIEWER SAID IT'S A MASTERPIECE! & I AGREE TOTALLY! TIGHT FEATURES TELA FROM RAP A LOT (PICK UP HIS RAP A LOT LPS CUZ HE'S DOPE), BIG LURCH, RICHIE RICH, MC EIHT, MYSTIKAL, ETC. & LIKE ANOTHER REVIEWER IT'S DEFINITELY DEPRESSING TOO TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PASSING OF THE GROUP MEMBERS! KRAZY WORLD HUH? R.I.P TO ALL FALLEN SOLDIERS FROM PAC TO COUGNUT & EVERYBODY WE DONE LOST! I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THEM FOR THE LONGEST SINCE HIGH SCHOOL & BROUGHT LESSON TO BE LEARNED TO MINNESOTA WHEN I MOVED THERE & THEM FOOLS LOVED IT & EAT IT UP! ALWAYS HARD & KNOCKS HARD ON YO SYSTEM LOL. ANYWAYS PICK IT UP! NEVER WACK & NEVER A DISSAPOINTMENT! BAY LOVE BOY!"