Old School Mondays:: Back to the MC Serch Again

I’m not really sure why, but last week former 3rd Bass-ian MC Serch (aka Michael Berrin) seemed to be coming up frequently. In other words, something seemed to be reminding me of Serch an awful lot, but I can’t pinpoint exactly what it was. Of course I’ve already done a Serch OSM, but that was almost 3 years ago, so a Serch re-up seemed like as good idea as any today.

 

As a way of introduction, I said this about Serch last time:

 

There are those who feel he’s an annoying wannabee, but I never felt that way. I mean really, an awkward white dude with huge glasses not only being considered a credible MC at a time when such a thing was rarer than a black NHL player in the 80′s (Tony McKegney knew the deal!), but he also broke out funky rap-dance moves with abandon. My white, awkward, huge-goggled self was a pretty big Serch fan when the Cactus album dropped. I liked Pete Nice, and DJ Richie Rich was awesome on the 1′s and 2′s, but Serch was the 3rd Bass lynchpin.

 

Yep, I pretty much only re-used that paragraph for the Tony McKegney reference, which I still enjoy, but my use of “huge-goggled self” isn’t too shabby either (that was, and is, for the Ack’s amusement). But there’s some other good stuff in that original post as well, as the ole internet revealed some goodness about the production behind Serch’s Here It Comes, the lead single from his one & only solo album,

 

The beat is kind of spacey and catchy at the same time, which random bells and other sounds fading ina nd out over uptempo programmed drums. Probably not the kind of thing you’d find on a 3rd Bass album. This is likely because it was done by production team Wolf & Epic, likely most known at that point for producing Bell Biv Devoe, which was actually something at that time. These dudes produced beats that were a kind of a melding of hip-hop and R&B, but their first production job was for Laquan, so that’s awesome. I know Epic went on to be part of Crazytown, which is really not awesome, but I didn’t know Wolf was this guy, an old dude that was originally in a band with some dude from Muscle Shoals, and that brings us back to awesometown.

 

haha, Wolf & Epic and Muscle Shoals, great stuff. But I cannot front, I enjoyed the Serch, and still love hearing these songs. Back To The Grill is simply an amazing posse cut: Serch, the underrated & enjoyable Red Hot Lover Tone, posse cut legend the Chubbster (Cause YOU ARE A BLA-BBER MOUTH!), and a vintage Nas verse - absolutely nothing to be mad at there. So we’ve re-upped those jams, along with the slightly more rugged, added Back To The Grill Remix which also features an extra verse from O.C. We’ve also got some pre-3rd Bass Serch, a rockin’ out rap jam called Beware Of The Death, produced by New Jers legend Tony D, which is from 1986 or 87, and kind of makes me laugh considering the hard time Serch used to give certain rock-loving enthusiasts named Adam, Adam, and Mike.

 

So there you go some songs from the legendary Serch, who was not only an MC, but left a big mark on hip hop through his Serchlite Music publishing and promotion company………OH, that’s why I was thinking about Serch, the CBC Radio 3 Searchlight contest, please go vote for us:

 

Searchlight 2011

 

See what I did there.

 

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MP3:: MC Serch - Here It Comes

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MP3:: MC Serch - Back To The Grill f. Red Hot Lover Tone, Nas & Chubb Rock

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MP3:: MC Serch - Back to the Grill (Remix)

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MP3:: MC Serch - Beware Of The Death

VIDEO:: MC Serch - Here It Comes

VIDEO:: MC Serch - Back To The Grill

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