Posted in hiphop | music | tour dates on June 25, 2013

by Fred Pessaro

Zev Love X (left) with 3rd Bass
3rd Bass

In their time, 3rd Bass was one of a small number of white hip-hop artists to achieve wide acceptance in the larger community. Following the Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass proved that white hip-hop wasn't going to become a watered-down, commercial rip-off of the art, as many white interpretations of black music had been in the past. They possessed a well-developed lyrical technique and were respectfully well versed in hip-hop culture and tradition. They helped set the tone for the way white rappers could credibly and intelligently approach the music, and despite staying together for only two albums, they managed to create a highly positive lasting impact.-[3rd Bass bio]
Thirteen years in the making, early-90s Def Jam favorites 3rd Bass will return from the grave to headline a show at SRB Brooklyn on July 12 (14th and 2nd Ave in Brooklyn) part of a bill that also includes Mr. MFN eXquire (who recently dropped the Kismet mixtape), B.I.C., Timeless Truth and DJ Boogie Blind. Tickets are on sale.

3rd Bass is partially responsible for the ascension of KMD, who featured a young Zev Love X on the classic track "The Gas Face." As you may or may not know, Zev Love X went on to go underground, eventually donning a mask and calling him MF Doom. MF Doom is continuing his collaboration with Jneiro Jarel called JJ Doom, and you can check out the video for new single "Bookhead" below.

Look back with some classic videos: "The Gas Face" with Zev Love X/MF Doom, "Pop Goes the Weasel" featuring Henry Rollins as Vanilla Ice, and one of the first recorded appearances from Nas on MC Serch's "Back to Grill." Watch them below.

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Comments (20)

ahhh shucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 5:27 PM

The JJ Doom collaboration is out already. It was released in August 2012.

Posted by Andrew A | June 25, 2013 5:27 PM

This 3rd Bass news restores my faith in music! Steppin' To The AM suckas!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 5:55 PM

i went to school with some redneck crackers, right around the time 3rd base dropped the cactus album

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 5:57 PM

gas face!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 6:14 PM

Who will Doom send in his place this time?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 6:36 PM

Serch and Pete were never really friends; they were put together by the record label. They had decent beats and Serch was a better than average rapper, but it was kinda cowardly (and stupid) to diss the Beasties on their first record (ie they wouldn't have had the balls to diss a black rapper or rap group, unless they were a sellout like Hammer). Serch ate his words and complimented the Beasties many years later, but still....

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 7:09 PM

But on the other hand, Serch helped put Nas on the map, so he gets points for that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 7:14 PM

Prime Minister P Nice better bring that pimp cane of his. Damn I loved that thing back in the day!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 8:34 PM

Star child made all the hoes squeal
For a dollar crack heads armor-alled your wheels
Whippin' home in the sunshine, fun time
But now you can't find
Clubs like this that kept the music in the street
And pop rap couldn't get a dime to eat
Yo, they're makin' mills but what about the hood?
A parking lot where the Latin Quarter stood

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 10:22 PM

Eye Jammie.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 10:57 PM

Gilbert Godfried gonna be the special guest? This show is gonna be mega

Posted by milkycerealbaby | June 26, 2013 1:57 AM

Yo, Fred Pessaro, Ticketfly says the show in BK is 7.12? What are you "White bread, no money, havin' slum village people clonin' step children"

Posted by milkycerealbaby | June 26, 2013 2:04 AM

Beastie Boys suck. Always have. Always will.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2013 11:03 AM

holy fcking shit. now just get Downtown Science to open up like they did in '92. PRIME MINISTER SINISTERRRRR

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2013 1:12 AM

7:09 Pete was about 300x better than Serch; go look up Wordz of Wizdom son

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2013 1:17 AM

This REALLY doesn't need to happen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2013 7:57 AM

MF Doom guest appearance tonight???

Posted by Piocalles Jewelry | July 12, 2013 5:11 PM

They're playing on Labor Day (september 2) in Indianapolis for WARMfest!

Posted by Gas Face | August 3, 2013 1:47 AM

Man that beat is still good! Nobody shares this,cause its war in your face. It's to much for people.... Getcha tho ! 

Posted by Melany | May 29, 2014 10:29 AM

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