Monday, August 01, 2005

Classic RIP Dedication-Mr. Cee (RBL Posse)

Dedication by Billy Jam...

This dedication originally appeard in the January 1996 issue of No Joke newsletter.

1996 got off to a very tragic and sad start for Bay Area rap fans when one of its premier stars, Kyle Church (aka Mr. Cee) of Hunters Point, San Francisco rap duo RBL Posse, was shot and killed on New Years Day. The twenty two year old rapper was shot eight times in the chest by an unknown suspect on Harbor Road in the Bayview/Hunters Point district around 6:00 PM on Monday, January 1st. "It was another case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time," said manager and friend Tony Jackson.

Along with partner Chris Matthews (aka Black C), RBL Posse had built a remarkably solid fan base both locally and nationally since 1991 for their unique Frisco styled, no holds barred street rap. From their popular debut single, "Don't Give Me No Bammer" to "Bounce To This" and the current single, "Bluebird," RBL Posse's music struck a chord with rap fans everywhere. Their second and most recent album, Ruthless By Law on In-A-Minute Records, impressively sold over two hundred thousand units and found them on the Billboard R&B Albums chart for six months! In recent months the two had been busy working in the studio on a new RBL Posse album which was set for a major label release. "This album will be released. We're just not sure as yet of all the details" said Tony Jackson of the partially completed recording.

The day after the tragedy, KMEL DJ Sway (who is featured interviewing Mr. Cee and Black C in the video for "Bounce To This") dedicated his 10 O'clock Bomb radio show to the late great Bay Area rap talent. On the special show where Sway was joined by Hunters Point street activist Herm Lewis, the phone lines went crazy with callers all agreeing that Mr. Cee's death should act as a reminder to all of us of the stupid senselessness of guns and violence and how in 1996 we really need to stop the violence! May be rest in peace.


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