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|Birth name||Michael Berrin|
|Also known as||T Bone Lemke, White Monster|
|Born||May 6, 1967|
|Origin||Far Rockaway, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Labels||Def Jam, Psycho+Logical-Records|
|Associated acts||3rd Bass, Non Phixion, Nas|
Early life and education
After recording three albums with 3rd Bass—The Cactus Album (1989), The Cactus Revisited (1990), and Derelicts of Dialect (1991)—Serch launched a solo career with Return of the Product (1992, Def Jam). The album featured two hit singles: "Here It Comes" (which hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart); and "Back to the Grill" featuring Chubb Rock, Red Hot Lover Tone, and Nas. Serch was the executive producer of Nas’ Illmatic, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the 1990s. He also helped to cultivate the rapper O.C. after hearing him on the Organized Konfusion song "Fudge Pudge," helping him secure a record contract with Wild Pitch Records. In 1995, Serch also mentored the newly formed Non Phixion.
Since retiring from performing, Serch has run a promotions company (Serchlite Music). He appeared in Spike Lee's Bamboozled (2000) as a member of the fictitious hip-hop group Mau Maus (played by other real-life hip-hop performers such as Mos Def, Charli Baltimore and Canibus). His character was a white revolutionary who was supposed to be "1/16 black". From 2003 he hosted Serch In The AM on Detroit urban radio station FM 98 WJLB; he was the first Jewish DJ at that station. MC Serch was dismissed from WJLB in March 2006, reportedly due to a dispute over a Super Bowl weekend party at the club Motor City Live. Serch also hosted the VH1 reality series Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show which ended in March 2007. On the show he was known for his catchphrase "Woop-WOOP!". A follow-up show, Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme, debuted in 2008.
Serch has since returned to the radio airwaves in Detroit] on the urban station Hot 102.7. Serch has also worked with Hot 102.7's youngest intern (The Black Intern) Daniel Berry, and Rucka Rucka Ali (Comedy Music Artist). Serch appeared in some of Rucka Rucka Ali's music videos.
with 3rd Bass
- DJ Tomekk - "Fuck You"
- Gravediggaz - "Defective Trip" (w/Biz Markie)
- Kaptain Nemo - The Legend of Kaptain Nemo - Official Mixtape - "For the Love of Hip-Hop" (w/PJ Sumroc)
- Hot Karl - "Let's Talk"
- Krohme - "Around Here"
- Non Phixion - "Legacy"
- Non Phixion - "5 Boros" (w/D.V. Alias Khrist)
- Non Phixion - "Four W's"
- Sway & King Tech - "Wake Up Show Anthem" (w/Nas, Ras Kass, Saafir & others)
- "2 Hits & Pass" (w/Afu-Ra, Agallah, Craig G, Buckshot, and others)
- "Blak Is Blak" (As "1/16th Blak" w/Mos Def, Canibus, Charli Baltimore, Mums, DJ Scratch, and Gano Grills)
- Kurious - "Benneton" (w/ MF Doom) (2009, Amalgam Digital)
- Rucka Rucka Ali - "I Can Do Whatever Im White"
- Jackson, Brian Keith (December 31, 2006). "Ice, Ice Babies: Reality-TV show tries to create the next Eminem". New York. Retrieved November 23, 2007.
I grew up in Far Rockaway, and you’d always see shoes on the line.
- Schwach, Howard (January 26, 2007). "Rockaway Rapper Hosts MTV's 'The White Rapper Show'". Wave of Long Island – via rockawave.com.
- "Interfaith Celebrities: Of Hip Hop, Heroes and the Oscars". interfaithfamily.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
Berrin, who is Jewish, worked until recently for a very popular Detroit radio station that mostly plays hip hop music and whose listening audience is mostly black. ... As reported in a January 25 issue of the Detroit Jewish News, Berrin, 39, and his wife, Chantel, are members of Congregation Sharrey Zedek, a large Conservative synagogue in suburban Detroit. In a 1993 profile in the News, Chantel— a convert to Judaism—talked about her conversion and Michael talked about race and religion.
- "Blak Iz Blak". ohhla.com. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
- Graham, Adam (2007-01-08). "The Serch for the next white rap star". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2007-01-24.