Derelicts of Dialect

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Derelicts of Dialect
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 18, 1991
Recorded1990–1991
Studio
GenreGolden age hip hop
Length1:22:11
LabelDef Jam/Columbia/SME Records
Producer
3rd Bass chronology
The Cactus Album
(1989)
Derelicts of Dialect
(1991)
Singles from Derelicts of Dialect
  1. "Pop Goes the Weasel"
    Released: 1991
  2. "3rd Bass Theme a.k.a. Portrait of the Artist as a Hood"
    Released: October 10, 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

Derelicts of Dialect is the second and final studio album by American Queens-based hip hop trio 3rd Bass. It was released on June 18, 1991 through Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions took place at Chung King Studios, Greene St. Recording and Calliope Studios in New York City. The production was handled mostly by 3rd Bass themselves, along with Prince Paul, Sam Sever of Downtown Science, John Gamble, Dante Ross and Geeby Dajani of Stimulated Dummies, and KMD. It features guest appearances from Chubb Rock, KMD, Nice & Smooth.

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 are influenced by 3 Feet High and Rising.

Derelicts of Dialect peaked at number 19 in the United States, at number 46 in the UK, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on September 17, 1991.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Merchant of Grooves"3rd Bass1:37
2."Derelicts of Dialect"
4:10
3."Ace in the Hole" (featuring KMD)
  • KMD
  • 3rd Bass (co.)
3:39
4."French Toast"
  • 3rd Bass
  • Sam Sever
0:49
5."Portrait of the Artist as a Hood"
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • S. Citrin
  • 3rd Bass
  • Sam Sever
4:29
6."Pop Goes the Weasel"3:55
7."Sea Vessel Soliloquy"
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • R. Lawson
3rd Bass0:40
8."Daddy Rich in the Land of 1210"
DJ Richie Rich3:12
9."Word to the Third"
  • 3rd Bass
  • Sam Sever
5:02
10."Herbalz in Your Mouth"
  • Prince Paul
  • 3rd Bass (co.)
4:20
11."Al'z A-B-Cee'z"
3rd Bass1:51
12."No Master Plan No Master Race"
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • S. Citrin
  • 3rd Bass
  • Sam Sever
4:47
13."Come In"
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • P. Huston
  • J. Moore
  • Prince Paul
  • 3rd Bass (co.)
3:07
14."No Static at All"
  • Prince Paul
  • 3rd Bass (co.)
3:44
15."Eye Jammie"
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • S. Citrin
3rd Bass1:05
16."Microphone Techniques" (featuring Nice & Smooth)
  • 3rd Bass
  • Sam Sever
4:59
17."Problem Child"
  • 3rd Bass
  • Sam Sever
4:30
18."3 Strikes 5000"
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • R. Lawson
  • D. Ross
  • J. Gamble
  • J. Dajani
  • 3rd Bass
  • Stimulated Dummies
4:03
19."Kick Em in the Grill" (featuring Chubb Rock)
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • R. Simpson
  • D. Ross
  • J. Gamble
  • J. Dajani
Stimulated Dummies2:37
20."Green Eggs and Swine"
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • P. Huston
  • 3rd Bass
  • Prince Paul
4:45
21."Derelicts of Dialect" (SD50 Remix)
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • H. Anadon
  • J. Burrise
  • 3rd Bass
  • Prince Paul
4:13
22."Pop Goes the Weasel" (Radio Edit)
  • P. Nash
  • M. Berrin
  • D. Ross
  • J. Gamble
  • J. Dajani
  • 3rd Bass
  • Dante Ross (co.)
  • John Gamble (co.)
  • Geeby Dajani (co.)
3:47
23."M.C. Disagree and the Re-Animator" (CD only)
  • D. Kealy
  • J. Mertz
 0:49
24."Check Yourself" (LP only)   
Total length:1:22:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Berrin – vocals, producer, percussion
  • Peter Nash – vocals, producer, accordion
  • Richard Lawson – scratches, producer
  • KMD – featured artist & producer (track 3)
  • Richard Simpson – featured artist (track 19)
  • Greg Mays – featured artist (track 16)
  • Darryl Barnes – featured artist (track 16)
  • John Gamble – producer, engineering, remixing
  • Dante Ross – producer, remixing
  • John Dajani – producer, remixing
  • Paul Huston – producer, cymbals
  • Sam Citrin – producer, percussion
  • Christopher Shaw – engineering, keyboards
  • Allen Title – saxophone, horns
  • Kevin Reynolds – engineering
  • Mike Teelucksingh – engineering
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Michael Lavine – photography
  • Faith Newman – A&R

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 46
US Billboard 200[5] 19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Derelicts of Dialect - 3rd Bass | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Browne, David (June 21, 1991). "Derelicts of Dialect". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  3. ^ France, Kim (August 8, 1991). "3rd Bass: Derelicts Of Dialect : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "3rd Bass Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "3rd Bass Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – 3rd Bass – Derelicts Of Dialect". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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