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Album Review

Although 3rd Bass didn't fully realize their tremendous potential, the Brooklyn rappers offered enjoyable, if uneven, albums. Like the group's 1989 debut, their second and final album, Derelicts of Dialect, makes it clear that the MCs weren't aiming for the pop charts — and were loyal only to the hip-hop hardcore. When MC Serch and Pete Nice tear into such aggressive and forceful declarations as "Pop Goes the Weasel" (an inflammatory attack on Vanilla Ice), "Portrait of the Artist as a Hood," and "Ace in the Hole," it's clear why they were among the few white MCs who were successful in the young black community — someone who heard their rapping without seeing their picture could easily assume they were black. Although the goofy "Herbalz in Your Mouth" shows some De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest influence, 3rd Bass don't allow themselves to be nearly as lighthearted, and keep things hardcore and intense.

Customer Reviews

Ahead Of Their Time

This is a good album, and in my opinion one that Hip Hop can look back on with a smile. "Pop Goes The Weasel" and "Herbalz In Your Mouth" are definite must haves. I am not really sure what happened to these guys, but the producer, Prince Paul went on to do some pretty good stuff like Handsome Boy Modeling School.

Way before Eminem!

I like this CD. I remember the first time I heard these cats, I was really impressed. They preformed on In Living Color and boy were they dope. My favorite song is Derelict of Dialect. I love the beat. MC Serch is the man. Now I see why Nasty Nas wanted him on the Illmatic production squad. Too Ill!!

Damn It

Well, anyone looking for a reunion is barking up the wrong tree, Serch had his show on VH1, shortly after getting fired over some minor thing at a radio station in Detroit, MI. Pete is a baseball historian in Cooperstown, NY, and has written several books. If you like this album, search the internet for a previously unreleased track called "Hail to the Chief". It was a track off an album that was supposed to be part a comeback for these guys, but never happened. The song was recorded in 1999 for the unreleased album, "Ichabod's Cranium".


Formed: 1987 in Queens, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s

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....
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