Today In Hip-Hop: 3rd Bass Releases ‘The Cactus Album’

On this day, October 23, in hip-hop... 1989: Despite the success of frat-rap-punkers The Beastie Boys and their Def Jam production guru Rick Rubin, white people in hip-hop during the 1980s were often seen as a novelty nuisance at best and Elvis Presley-ish exploitative force at their absolute worst. Enter 3rd Bass and their remarkable debut album, The Cactus Album in October 1989. Consisting of a pair of white rappers, the bombastic MC Serch and the gritty-yet-smooth Prime Minister Pete Nice, and their black DJ Richie Rich, the trio set out to challenge misconceptions that white boys can't speak the language ...

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