Brian Coleman

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Third Base, 1990.

1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Their debut album, 'The Cactus Album,' came out in October 1989 and went gold within six months. In this excerpt from the forthcoming book 'Check the Technique: Volume 2,' Serch and Pete share the unexpectedly sensational stories behind a half-dozen classic 'Cactus' tracks.