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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 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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277 news items

The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:30:29 -0700

He'd announced his presence with a verse on Main Source's Live at the Barbecue on the 1991 album Breakin' Atoms, but an even bigger break came for Nasir Jones when he hooked up with MC Serch. The former 3rd Bass rapper was making moves as a ...

The Source

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

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 reality star to having been credited with popularizing the term “The Gas Face”, Serch has stuck it out ...


Thu, 21 May 2015 06:12:03 -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 ...

A.V. Club Austin

A.V. Club Austin
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:05:17 -0700

JF: When I was a younger, thinner man, I was often mistaken for MC Serch of the rap group 3rd Bass, in part because we both have really weirdly shaped heads and we both wore really strong black glasses. And it was interesting to be mistaken for him, in ...

Yahoo Music (blog)

Yahoo Music (blog)
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 23:41:12 -0700

That lady really did spit pure fire. So did the runner-up, Byata. Whatever happened to them? But this show had much more going for it. 3rd Bass's MC Serch and Yo Yo were the judges. Celebrity guests included Roxanne Shante, Charli Baltimore, and Missy ...


Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:32:58 -0700

When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first ...


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 ...
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:40:37 -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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