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MC Serch
Birth name Michael Berrin
Also known as T Bone Lemke
Born (1967-05-06) May 6, 1967 (age 48)
Origin Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1985–present
Labels Def Jam, Psycho+Logical-Records
Associated acts 3rd Bass, Non Phixion, Nas

MC Serch (born Michael Berrin; May 6, 1967)[citation needed] is an American hip hop MC and former member of 3rd Bass.


Serch grew up in Far Rockaway, Queens,[1] attending Far Rockaway High School,[2] and graduated from Music & Art High School. He is of Jewish descent.[3]

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".[4] 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."[5] Serch also hosted the VH1 reality series Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show, known for his catch phrase: "Woop-WOOP!", which ended in March 2007. 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[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Jackson, Brian Keith. "Ice, Ice Babies: Reality-TV show tries to create the next Eminem.", New York (magazine), December 31, 2006. Accessed November 23, 2007. "I grew up in Far Rockaway, and you’d always see shoes on the line."
  2. ^ Schwach, Howard. "Rockaway Rapper Hosts MTV's 'The White Rapper Show' ", Wave of Long Island, January 26, 2007
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ http://www.ohhla.com/anonymous/misc/hip-hop/blak_iz.mau.txt
  5. ^ Graham, Adam (2007-01-08). "The Serch for the next white rap star.". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 

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306 news items

New York Daily News

New York Daily News
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:22:30 -0800

The trio, made up of MC Serch, Prime Minister Pete Nice and DJ Daddy Rich (also known as DJ Richie Rich), released successful albums in 1989 and 1991. Ironically, their most successful single, “Pop Goes the Weasel” was about targeting rappers who seek ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:07:30 -0800

"My good friend MC Serch, Michael Berrin, offered me an opportunity to participate and basically told me to do whatever I wanted." As a true hip hop fan, Mannion decided to creatively intertwine his craft with the very people who helped shape his career.

The Source

The Source
Wed, 06 May 2015 10:20:01 -0700

MC Serch was one of the first Jewish emcees to be established in Hip Hop and today he turns 47! Born May 6, 1967, in Far Rockaway Queens, New York as Michael Berrin, MC Serch is a one of a kind act solidified in hip hop for decades. From being a ...

Ambrosia For Heads

Ambrosia For Heads
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 10:56:15 -0800

A raspy-voiced, rhythmic MC, Nas also had esteemed sonic assistance from the likes of mentor Large Professor, DJ Premier, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, and even manager MC Serch. With less than 40 minutes of album time, Illmatic was born into the universe as a ...

Ambrosia For Heads

Ambrosia For Heads
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:20:03 -0800

O.C. was an MC heard on Organized Konfusion works. Having signed to the acclaimed Wild Pitch Records (Main Source, The Coup, Gang Starr), the MC Serch-backed O.C. teamed with fellow D.I.T.C. member Buckwild to make an album that is as sharp as ...


Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:57:42 -0800

Michael "MC Serch" Berrin, who blazed through the early '90s in white rap pack 3rd Bass, is currently is steppin' to the a.m. on his own syndicated daytime talk show. CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Studios' Serch is currently enjoying a test ...


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Now the VP of A&R at Warner Music Group, Ross spoke with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds of the "Juan Epstein" show, where he disputed MC Serch's claims that Serch co-produced the 3rd Bass track "Pop Goes the Weasel." "I produced 'Pop Goes the ...


Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:37:30 -0800

Need some new theme music to start your weekend off right? Consider the new video for the Big K.O.-produced posse cut, “Hellraisers,” featuring DMC, PMD, MC Serch and Chuck D. Yes, you heard right. A posse cut. Remember those?

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