somebody coughed and somebody lit a fire (a guide to 1,000,000 recordings)

By bhcampbell bhcampbell
updated about 3 hours ago

the biggest vs. the smallest. Recordings that burned down houses, broke shop windows, provoked responses, screamed in an empty field and wailed liked a siren through the fog, across the fields, and through the trees.


  1. 3rd Bass - The Cactus Cee/D (The Cactus Album)

    Perhaps emboldened by the example set by the Beastie Boys three years earlier, New York’s 3rd Bass became the genre’s second major act to be led by white MCs. They also filled a void at Def Jam; following the success of Licensed to Ill, the Beastie Boys left the label due to contract disputes. Yet 3rd Bass’ debut, The Cactus Album, wasn’t a carbon copy—in fact, the crew dissed the Beasties on the album’s second track. Where the Beastie Boys used comedy for levity alone, 3rd Bass was more serious. On “The Gas Face,” MC Serch defended blackness, while Pete Nice took aim at shady record label executives. In that way, The Cactus Album was a bold step away from the Beastie Boys era at Def Jam: Though that group is to be lauded for the trail they blazed, 3rd Bass brought a no-bullshit energy to their music that felt new. –Marcus J. Moore