3rd Bass

In the late '80s, 3rd Bass was fronted by two broadly respected white rappers-Prime Minister Pete Nice and the high-top-fade sporting MC Serch-and black DJ Richie Rich, who played the background.  Their debut album, the playful yet lyrically sharp Cactus Album earned them wide acceptance within the hip-hop community.  Their second and final disc, Derelicts of Dialect, included their biggest record, "Pop Goes the Weasel," which lampooned MC Hammer for what they saw as a watered-down approach to the form.  Afterwards, the group disbanded and released separate, less successful efforts.