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MC Serch never really had a chance. One of hip-hop's earliest white-boy devotees, he suffered the unique curse of making it farther into hip-hop's inner circles of respect than anyone before him — an uneasy proximity that only heightened the sting of his perennial outsider status. He never sold millions of copies like the Beastie Boys, who had the chutzpah to pay homage to hip-hop by ridiculing/celebrating it from the sidelines. MC Serch was the uncomfortable-looking white guy in the center of the hip-hop cipher, and he clutched to his hard-gained street-cred nervously and continuously.
It's hard, then, to listen to The Cactus Album, and not feel a twinge of empathy and discomfort for 3rd Bass's position. Because The Cactus Album is an excellent piece of work, boasting great period production from Prince Paul and the Bomb Squad alongside 3rd Bass member Sam Sever's tracks. There are Easter eggs galore for hip-hop fans, not least of which is the on-record debut of Zev Love X, who would go onto become MF Doom, on "The Gas Face." The seduction track "Monte Hall" loops a funky bit of Grover Washington, Jr.'s "Black Frost"; "Steppin' To the A.M." is a deeply blunted head-nodder.… read more »