11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from the Hunters Point section of San Francisco, the RBL Posse were the first group to put Bay Area hip-hop on the map with their surprise 1992 hit “Don’t Give Me No Bammer Weed.” Fleet-footed and foulmouthed, the song was irresistible without being overly commercial. The rest of A Lesson to Be Learned cruises on an assortment of perfectly pitched samples, from Steve Miller (“G’s by the 1,2,3’s”) to Funkadelic (“B**** on the Ding Dong”). Rough around the edges in all the right ways, it’s an album that could have come only from the underground and not the industry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from the Hunters Point section of San Francisco, the RBL Posse were the first group to put Bay Area hip-hop on the map with their surprise 1992 hit “Don’t Give Me No Bammer Weed.” Fleet-footed and foulmouthed, the song was irresistible without being overly commercial. The rest of A Lesson to Be Learned cruises on an assortment of perfectly pitched samples, from Steve Miller (“G’s by the 1,2,3’s”) to Funkadelic (“B**** on the Ding Dong”). Rough around the edges in all the right ways, it’s an album that could have come only from the underground and not the industry.

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