The Cactus Album (The Cee/Dee)

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The Cactus Album (The Cee/Dee)
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Album by 3rd Bass
Released October 23, 1989
Recorded ???
Genre Old school hip hop
Length 65 min 46 s
Record label Def Jam
Producer Pete Nice, Daddy Rich and MC Serch
Professional reviews
Q 3 stars out of 5 July 2000, p. 136 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60115913&loc=109&PageFormat=7)
Mojo Favorable June 2000, p. 125 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60115913&loc=109&PageFormat=7)
Melody Maker Favorable May 23, 2000, p. 56 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60115913&loc=109&PageFormat=7)
3rd Bass Chronology
NA The Cactus Album (The Cee/Dee)
(1989)
Cactus Revisited
(1990)

The Cactus Album (The Cee/Dee) was the old school rap debut album by 3rd Bass, released on Def Jam. The album received rave reviews from the hip hop press, and gained some publicity by being perhaps the first white group to achieve real hip hop credibility. The song, Sons of 3rd Bass can be viewed as a dis to the Beastie Boys (who had recently severed ties with Def Jam) in that it references them in several lines such as...

Swarm to the lyrics cause Serch is your father/Screaming "Hey Ladies," why bother?

The album is notable for featuring Daniel Dumile (on The Gas Face) in his recording debut. At the time, he was recording under the alias Zev Love X, a member of the rap duo KMD, but would later come to be known as MF DOOM.

The Cactus Album peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums chart, and at #55 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Track listing

  1. "Stymie's Theme" - :13
  2. "Sons of 3rd Bass" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 4:46
  3. "Russell Rush" - :25
  4. "The Gas Face" (Berrin/Dumile/Nash/Prince Paul) - 3:48
  5. "Monte Hall" (Berrin/Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 5:26
  6. "Oval Office" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 3:32
  7. "Hoods" - :17
  8. "Soul in the Soul" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 3:49
  9. "Triple Stage Darkness" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash/Nash) - 4:10
  10. "M.C. Disagree" performed by Third Bass / M. Berrin / P. Nash - :44
  11. "Wordz of Wisdom" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 6:31
  12. "Product of the Environment" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 6:15
  13. "Desert Boots" - :22
  14. "The Cactus" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 4:40
  15. "Jim Backus" - :04
  16. "Flippin' off the Wall Like Lucy Ball" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 3:16
  17. "Brooklyn-Queens" (Berrin/Nash/Prince Paul) - 3:37
  18. "Steppin' To the A.M." (Berrin/Nash/Sadler/Shocklee/Shocklee) - 4:50
  19. "Episode #3" - :11
  20. "Who's on Third" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - :59
  21. "Wordz of Wisdom, Pt. 2" (Berrin/Citrin/Nash) - 7:56

Personnel

  • MC Serch - Producer
  • Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich - Producer
  • 3rd Bass - Producer
  • Steven Ett - Editing
  • Adam Gazzola - Editing
  • Pete Nice - Producer
  • Prince Paul - Producer
  • Kevin Reynolds - Engineer
  • Nick Sansano - Engineer
  • Keith Shocklee - Producer
  • Hank Shocklee - Producer
  • Chuck Valle - Engineer
  • Eric "Vietnam" Sadler - Producer
  • Bruce Buchalter - Engineer
  • Curt Fresca - Engineer
  • Greg Gordon - Engineer
  • Greg Gordon - Engineer
  • Mark Mendelbaum - Engineer
  • Sam Sever - Producer
  • Howard Zucker - Art Direction, Design
  • Cey Adams - Design, Logo Design
  • M. Berrin - Performer
  • P. Nash - Performer

Charting singles

1989	Steppin' to the A.M.	Hot Rap Singles	                        No. 5
1989	Steppin' to the A.M.	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks        No. 54
1989	Steppin' to the A.M.	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales      No. 50
1990	The Gas Face	        Hot Rap Singles	                        No. 5
1990	Brooklyn-Queens	        Hot Dance Music/Club Play	        No. 20
1990	The Gas Face	        Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales      No. 31
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