Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds Interview MC Serch On Juan Epstein Podcast

Posted: January 18, 2014 by ericbernsen in Features, Interviews, Music
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While The Beastie Boys are always credited as being the ‘white pioneers’ in hip-hop, MC Serch is an artist that had a monumental impact on the rap game from the 1980’s onward. Many recognize MC Serch for including a young Nas on his song “Back To The Grill” back in 1992 as it was one of his first appearances on record. MC Serch is responsible for that and much more, which he talks about with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds on their weekly Juan Epstein podcast. Their interviews are always insightful as they sit with guests for an extended time period, and their conversation with MC Serch is filled with unexpected gems. All hip-hop nerds will be in heaven listening to some of the stories told by the veteran MC Serch. 

The discussion starts with MC Serch describing his childhood in Queens, NY and how on his first day of high school he saw the infamous Slick Rick in a cypher. After debating what to do after graduating, he decided to dedicate himself to being a rapper and went into detail about the NY hip-hop scene back in the early/mid 1980’s. Since there was no Internet back then, the only way MC Serch could promote himself as an artist was by staying out all night at clubs around the city. Legendary DJ’s such as Red Alert and Clark Kent were widely respected and MC Serch was eventually able to connect with eventual Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons. As a white rapper, it took a look a lot of hard work for MC Serch to gain notoriety, but eventually he helped formulate the group 3rd Bass and his career took off from there.

Some of the most interesting content in the interview came from MC Serch talking about his early affiliations with artists who are now considered legends. On the 3rd Bass album titled The Cactus Album, there is a guest appearance from a rapper then named Zev Love Z who later became known as the masked MF Doom. The connections do not end there as MC Serch can be credited for cultivating the career of O.C. as he was heavily involved in the making of his classic debut album Word…Life. MC Serch is also the man responsible for formulating the group Non Phixion that was made up of Ill Bill, Sabac Red, Goretex, and DJ Eclipse. Before breaking up, the group became extremely popular in New York’s underground hip-hop scene and their album The Future Is Now is a cult-fan classic.

However, the standout story that the wider audience can appreciate is MC Serch’s relationship with Nas. After putting Nas on “Back To The Grill”, MC Serch went on to become Nas’ manager and secured his first big-time record deal with Columbia. While some of the best producers in hip-hop history (DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Large Professor etc) contributed on Nas’ debut album Illmatic, it was in fact MC Serch who executive produced the classic body of work. MC Serch ended the interview by plugging his new talk show, but this episode was jam-packed with historic hip-hop stories that should be informative and fascinating for all the old-school fans.

You can listen to the MC Serch interview below and let us know what you think!







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