Today In Hip-Hop: 3rd Bass Releases ‘Derelects Of Dialect’

On this day, June 18, in hip-hop history…

Derelects of Dialect

1991: 3rd Bass—the rap group made up of MC Serch, DJ Richie Rich and Pete Nice—was one of the first and most successful interracial groups in hip-hop history. They grew prominence in the late 80s’ and early 90s’. After their successful debut certified gold album The Cactus Album in 1989, 3rd Bass achieved major underground recognition with Derelicts of DialectDerelicts of Dialect makes it clear that 3rd Bass were not aiming to capture pop culture’s attention or hit it big on the charts. Their aim was focused on hardcore hip-hop fans. Throughout the album are De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest’s influences, both members of the popular Native Tongues Movement.

The cuts on Derelicts of Dialect will warm any hip-hop enthusiast’s heart. “Portrait of the Artist as a Hood,” “Ace in the Hole,” and “Herbalz in Your Mouth” were fantastic. ”Pop Goes the Weasel” was an aggressive diss record aimed at Vanilla Ice basically calling him a culture vulture. The single would actually hit well with mainstream and reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Singles chart, making “Pop Goes the Weasel”  their best single ever. Derelicts of Dialect however was 3rd Bass final studio album as the group broke up shortly after. Three months after the release, Derelicts of Dialect was certified gold by the RIAA.