No one can deny the hits they had, whether it was “The Gas Face,” “Pop Goes The Weasel,” “Steppin’ To The A.M” or the Marley laced “Product Of The Environment.” Two white dudes lucky to have careers in a black dominated sport enjoying every minute of it. They were not poet laureates. One rapper was the self-loathing lighthearted guy, while the other played the too cool for school steelo. Together it worked and with the help of Prince Paul, The Bomb Squad and some respectable co-signs from people ranging from EPMD, Henry Rollins to Russell Simons 3rd Bass become a legit rap act.
So where does that leave us? ’92 the group officially split, Serch was dabbling in the production game with female rapper Boss, The Zebrahead soundtrack, and let us not forget finagling his way into one of the most important rap signings of all-time (Nas). He dropped a lackluster solo titled Return of the Product, which included the hit “Back To The Grill” with Nasty Nas, Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone. But other then that track, which gained notoriety for its use by Kid Capri Def Comedy Jam, the album fell flat.
A year after the breakup Pete Nice got the call from Russell Simmons and before you knew it “Dust To Dust” was in stores. With the help of friends K.M.D (MF Doom), Sam Sever and The Beatnuts, the production on Dust To Dust was really gratifying. Samples ranging from Velvet Underground. Iron Butterfly, X-Clan, Otis Redding, Ramsey Lewis to Frank Sinatra combine to bring forth an eccentric background for Pete Nice’s verbals. I still can’t tell you what DJ Richie Rich actually did. Street cred employee?
Tracks like Rat Bastard, Kick The Bobo, Verbal Message, The Lumberjack, The Rapsody, 3 Blind Mice featuring Kurious or Rich Bring ‘Em Back” featuring the debut of Cage help balance out the album. Check it out! –Philaflava
Where is Pete Nice today? Well after quiting the rap game Pete started his own Baseball memorabilia store in Cooperstown. In 2003, he published his first book, Baseball Legends of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, under his real name. He has also been working to secure some property for an official grave site of Negro League players.
In early 2008, Pete opened McGreevy’s 3rd Base Bar, a sports bar in Boston with Dropkick Murphys’ band member Ken Casey. The bar recently was named Best Sports Bar In Boston by Citysearch.