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The Cactus Album
The Cactus Album
Studio album by 3rd Bass

Released

14 November 1989

Recorded

1988-1989 at Chung King Studios, Green Street Studios and Island Media Studios (New York, New York)

Genre

Hip hop

Length

65:46

Label

Def Jam Recordings/Columbia Records/CBS Records

Producer

3rd Bass, MC Serch, Mr. Puffy McScruffy, Pete Nice, Prince Paul, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Sam Sever, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee

3rd Bass chronology

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Derelicts of Dialect (1991)

The Cactus Album is the debut studio album by American hip hop group 3rd Bass, released in 1989 on Def Jam Recordings. The album was predominantly produced by Sam Sever alongside group members MC Serch and Pete Nice, along with contributions by Prince Paul and The Bomb Squad. The album features the debut appearance of MF DOOM, then known as Zev Love X, on the song "The Gas Face". 

The album received positive reviews from music critics, and the group gained publicity be being the second white group to achieve hip hop credibility, after the Beastie BoysThe Cactus Album peaked at #55 on the US Billboard 200, and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was certified gold in sales by the RIAA in 1990. In 1998, it was selected by The Source as one of the 100 Best Rap Albums.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Stymie's Theme" - - Pete Nice 0:13
2. "Sons of 3rd Bass" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash Pete Nice, Sam Sever 4:46
3. "Russell Rush" - - Pete Nice 0:24
4. "The Gas Face" Pete Nice, MC Serch, Zev Love X Berrin, Dumile, Huston, Nash Prince Paul, 3rd Bass (co.), MC Serch (co.), Pete Nice (co.) 3:49
5. "Monte Hall" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash Pete Nice, Sam Sever 5:26
6. "Oval Office" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, 3rd Bass (co.), MC Serch (co.), Pete Nice (co.) 3:32
7. "Hoods" - - Pete Nice 0:17
8. "Soul in the Hole" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash Pete Nice, Sam Sever 3:49
9. "Triple Stage Darkness" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash Pete Nice, Sam Sever 4:10
10. "M.C. Disagree" - - Pete Nice 0:44
11. "Wordz of Wizdom" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash Pete Nice, Sam Sever 6:31
12. "Product of the Environment" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash 3rd Bass, MC Serch, Pete Nice, Sam Sever 6:15
13. "Desert Boots" - - Pete Nice 0:21
14. "The Cactus" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash Mr. Puffy McScruffy, Pete Nice, Sam Sever 4:40
15. "Jim Backus" - - Pete Nice 0:04
16. "Flippin' Off the Wall Like Lucy Ball" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Nash 3rd Bass, MC Serch, Pete Nice, Sam Sever 3:16
17. "Brooklyn-Queens" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Huston, Nash Pete Nice 3:37
18. "Steppin' to the A.M." Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Nash, Sadler, Shocklee, Shocklee Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, 3rd Bass (co.), MC Serch (co.), Pete Nice (co.) 4:50
19. "Episode #3" - - Pete Nice 0:11
20. "Who's on Third" - Berrin, Citrin, Nash Pete Nice, Sam Sever 0:59
21. "Wordz of Wizdom (II)" Pete Nice, MC Serch Berrin, Citrin, Nash Pete Nice, Sam Sever 7:56

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