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A brief history of pale faced rap -- The host of the ''White Rapper Show'' takes us through a white hip-hop timeline

A brief history of pale faced rap

VH1's new The (White) Rapper Show hopes to find the country's best Caucasian MC. We tapped host MC Serch — frmo '90s rap trio 3rd Bass — to recap the history of pale-faced rap.

1981
BLONDIE ''Rapture''
''At the time, I thought she was just goofing around. It wasn't until later that I appreciated it as a piece of hip-hop history.''

1986
THE BEASTIE BOYS ''Hold It Now, Hit It''
''Bonkers! When it came on, every sexy black girl was screaming out the words.''

1990
VANILLA ICE ''Ice Ice Baby''
''I wasn't a big fan of the record. It was wack. He was cute to white girls, and white girls buy records.''

1992
HOUSE OF PAIN ''Jump Around''
''[Frontman] Everlast always had credibility... He's always had skills.''

1999
EMINEM The Slim Shady LP
''The thing that makes him engaging is [how he] makes you feel encompassed in what he's talking about.''

2003
MADONNA ''American Life''
''I would appraise her skills on the mic like I would appraise her lotus pose: twisted. Severely twisted.''

2006
''WEIRD AL'' YANKOVIC ''White and Nerdy''
'''Weird Al' is incredible. He knows how to get the inflections right.... He means it as a thing of respect.''

Originally posted Jan 26, 2007 Published in issue #918-919 Feb 02, 2007 Order article reprints