49. Ruthless By Law, RBL Posse
Why has the RBL Posse’s legacy been swept under the rug? They’ve never really had a hit song with national exposure (though ”Don’t Give Me No Bammer Weed” hit No. 16 on the Hot Rap Singles chart), nor did they ever hook up with bigger acts like Dr. Dre or Too Short. They kept to themselves in San Francisco and built their own following with the debut album A Lesson To Be Learned.
Their second album, Ruthless By Law, was their most commercially successful, peaking at No. 23 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It’s best for the whip with snares that’ll smack you upside your head, but headphones are appropriate too—Black C, Hitman and Mr. Cee weave subtle details into their rhymes that make for laughs and signal to the close listeners that these guys are better than their profile might signal. Perhaps the reason they’ve been mostly forgotten by the rest of the country is that two thirds of the group, Mr. Cee and Hitman, have passed away, leaving only Black C to promote the group’s work.