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For the French trance act, see Third Bass.

3rd Bass was one of a still-small number of white hip hop artists to achieve wide acceptance in the larger community. Along with the Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass proved that white hip hop wasn’t necessarily going to become a watered-down, commercially exploitative rip-off of the genuine article, as so many white interpretations of black musical forms had been in the past. Instead, they were possessed of a well-developed lyrical technique and were respectfully well-versed in hip hop culture and tradition. They helped set the tone for the way white rappers could credibly and intelligently approach the music, and despite staying together for only two albums, they managed to create a highly positive lasting impact.

3rd Bass was formed by Queens-born Mc Serch (born Michael Berrin) and Brooklyn-native Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Pete Nash), along with African-American DJ Richie Rich (born Richard Lawson). Nice had been an English major at Columbia University and hosted a short-lived hip hop show on radio station WKCR. Serch, meanwhile, had honed his skills battle-rapping at clubs and block parties and had previously released a solo single called “Hey Boy” on the small independent Idlers label. Both Serch and Nice were working as solo acts until producer Sam Sever convinced the two 20 year olds to join forces in 1987. Along with Prince Paul and the Bomb Squad, Sever produced their 1989 Def Jam debut, The Cactus Album (aka Cee/D), which was greeted with enthusiastic reviews in most quarters.


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  • DJDMX303

    Michael Berrin is a wicked cool cat...respect!

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • izzo-043

    5 thousaaaannnddd!! 3 strikes!!!

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    Pop goes the weasel!!! :-)

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • 2DamnHype

    The soundtrack to my junior high days...

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • lynguistix

    kick 'em in the grill Pete

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • haaz510

    Dope like a pound or a key!!! search, pete nice, richie rich..3rd bazz!!

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    3rd Bass ... AWESOME!!! :-)

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    Pop goes the weasel :-( ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ...

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mightybarry

    Cactus Album, so underrated.

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
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    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jimmi9ine

    Derelicts of Dialect & the Cactus Album both classic in their own right.. Find out where all your favourite Hiphop samples came from at including 3rd bass/ Pce

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • rick-roll

    Pop Goes The Weasel

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • sweetdy

    is there no way to prevent people like stereoassassin1 from throwing up these little bullshit promos for their crap no one cares about? getting sick of that shit. this is a shoutbox for people to express their love (or hate) of an artist, not to see a dam commercial. on that note 3rd bass brings back fond memories. I like them.

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • DavidBN

    amazing old school hip-hop! =]

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • RaZaKlks

    The Cactus Album is Great

    13 Sep 2010 Reply

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    12 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Koolaid827

    This site sucks! Where is the music? It won't play

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • funkybrother

    DJ Richie Rich!

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
  • sa_fermata

    The Gas Face forever...

    19 Sep 2009 Reply
  • andylundy

    Joaquin Phoenix gets the gas face.

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
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