3rd Bass “Derelicts of Dialect” Album

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Derelicts of Dialect is Queens-based emcees 3rd Bass’ second LP (following its debut LP and an EP) and final studio album, released on Def Jam Recordings. The album is considered to be a critical success (explicitly not aimed toward a mainstream market), and gained publicity by featuring the surprise mainstream hit “Pop Goes the Weasel,” a diss track towards Vanilla Ice. The music video features former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins as Ice. X-Clan is dissed on songs such as “Herbalz In Your Mouth.”
The album is noted for its variety of styles (both musically and lyrically), and demonstrates influences ranging from De La Soul to A Tribe Called Quest (both members of the then-flourishing Native Tongues Movement). Several amusing anecdotes and skits on the album draw direct influences from De La Soul’s album 3 Feet High and Rising.
Derelicts of Dialect was certified gold by the RIAA three months after its release.