May 14, 2020

3rd Bass - The Cactus Cee/D (1995 Reissue)

*Reissued in 1995 by Def Jam Recordings 
with a parental advisory logo. 
This reissue contains the original 
21 track listing and non remastered audio. 
This album is often referred to as "The Cactus Album"

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
.FLAC via Mega (Link)
.AAC 256 kbps via Mega (Link)


© 1989-1995 Def Jam Records
AllMusic Review by Stanton Swihart
Besides the upper-middle-class frat-punks-in-rap-clothing shtick of the Beastie Boys and emissary/producer Rick Rubin, who both gained a legitimate, earned respect in the rap community, there were very few white kids in rap's first decade who spoke the poetry of the street with compassion and veneration for the form. That is, until The Cactus Album. Matching MC Serch's bombastic, goofy good nature and Prime Minister Pete Nice's gritty, English-trained wordsmithery (sounding like a young Don in training), 3rd Bass' debut album is revelatory in its way. For one, it is full of great songs, alternately upbeat rollers ("Sons of 3rd Bass"), casual-but-sincere disses ("The Gas Face"), razor-sharp street didacticism ("Triple Stage Darkness," "Wordz of Wizdom"), and sweaty city anthems ("Brooklyn Queens," "Steppin' to the A.M.," odes to day and night, respectively), with A-plus production by heavyweights Prince Paul and Bomb Squad, as well as the surprising, overshadowing work of Sam Sever. The duo may not have come from the streets, but their hearts were there, and it shows. The album embodies New York life. Not every single idea plays out successfully -- Serch's Tom Waits impression on "Flippin' Off the Wall..." is on the wrong side of the taste line, and "Desert Boots" is a puzzling Western-themed insertion -- but they are at least interesting stretches that add to the dense, layered texture of the album. The Cactus Album was also important because it proved to the hip-hop heads that white kids could play along without appropriating or bastardizing the culture. It may not have completely integrated rap, but it was a precursor to a culture that became more inclusive and widespread after its arrival.

tags: 3rd bass, the cactus cee-d, the cactus album, 1989, 1995, flac,

5 comments:

  1. I LVOE YOU FOR THIS!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. AnonymousMay 16, 2020

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "Hi. You're an idiot and here's why"

      - Comments as "Anonymous" are no longer accepted.

      - All visitors are required to select a username when posting a comment.

      - This information is clearly visible on the website's disclaimer/FAQ's section. Screenshots/links are available below:

      . Screenshot of the disclaimer:

      https://imgur.com/t0brHiu

      . Screenshot of link present in the disclaimer:

      https://imgur.com/ERS2QyG

      . Link to the FAQ's section:

      https://www.mediasurfer.ch/p/blog-page.html

      - This message was generated automatically by Spam Detector, C# 2

      Delete
  3. AnonymousMay 23, 2020

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "Hi. You're an idiot and here's why"

      - Comments as "Anonymous" are no longer accepted.

      - All visitors are required to select a username when posting a comment.

      - This information is clearly visible on the website's disclaimer/FAQ's section. Screenshots/links are available below:

      . Screenshot of the disclaimer:

      https://imgur.com/t0brHiu

      . Screenshot of link present in the disclaimer:

      https://imgur.com/ERS2QyG

      . Link to the FAQ's section:

      https://www.mediasurfer.ch/p/blog-page.html

      - This message was generated automatically by Spam Detector, C# 2

      Delete