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3rd Bass The Cactus Album

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The Cactus Album, also known as The Cactus Cee/D, is the debut album by hip-hop trio 3rd Bass, released on Def Jam Recordings on October 23, 1989. The album received positive reviews from the hip hop press, and the group gained some publicity by being arguably the second white group to achieve hip hop credibility, after the Beastie Boys. It was certified gold by the RIAA on April 24, 1990, the same day as Biz Markie’s The Biz Never Sleeps, which was released two weeks prior to The Cactus Album.

The Cactus Album peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums chart and at #55 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums. A decade later, Rhapsopdy included The Cactus Album in its list of “The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers”.

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