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3rd Bass: Derelicts of Dialect (Def Jam/Columbia); Heavy D. & the Boyz: Peaceful Journey (Uptown/MCA)

Jon Young, Musician, September 1991

WHETHER YOU loathe him or merely despise him, Vanilla Ice has cast the entire rap scene in a new light. Now the likes of Heavy D. and even tepid old M.C. Hammer don't seem nearly so weak. And over in the Def Jam camp, imagine how pissed-off MC Serch and Prime Minister Pete Nice of 3rd Bass must be. After working to build credibility as white artists in a mostly black field, along comes an arrogant twit who embodies honky cultural imperialism at its most shameful.

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