We here were huge fans of the Next White Rapper Show, hosted by MC Serch, so when we received a submission for his new album–released on his own little label, Serchlite Music, were were psyched as all hell. The NWRS didn’t produce anyone with skills anywhere near Serch’s, but the show had a lot of cred anyway ’cause Serch kept it true.
Serch’s new record is called, “M.any Y.oung L.ives A.go: The 1994 Sessions.” The date is significant, because it was in 1992 that he first soloed out, on Def Jam’s Return of the Product. It’s taken him 15 years to bounce back, with the release of material recorded in 1994 and originally intended to be on his second solo joint. Plus, it’s got 3 unreleased 3d Bass tracks.
Awright, Ekko, enough of the history lesson. Is the album any good?
Yeah, it is. What made 3d Bass so good was the way they could combine the white-boy humor of the Beastie Boys with college-kid topics and bona fide street cred. M.Y.L.A. has similar themes, similar styles. Only Serch could get away with covering “Cats in the Cradle” and avoid sounding corny. And throughout, he drops retro references to The Police, stereos, The AIDS Coalition, and Sinead O’Connor. Some of the material is a little dated in sound, but if (like me) you’re a fan of the late 80s-early 90s era of hip hop, which in my opinion was the best period for rap so far, then you’ll probably dig it.
Cop a taste:
Handle It-MC Serch
It’s a digital-only release, available on iTunes, eMusic, Napster, and other digital outlets.