Former 3rd Bass Member Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud


(AllHipHop News) The rap trio of 3rd Bass made it big in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s with hit songs like “The Gas Face” and “Pop Goes the Weasel.” One former member now has big issues for not paying income taxes.

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The Times Union reports Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter J. Nash) pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to misdemeanor criminal tax fraud. Nice was convicted for not paying taxes between 2009-2011.

The district attorney’s office says Nice will have to pay $13,101 in back taxes and will also be on probation for three years. Formal sentencing is scheduled for August 26.

Prime Minister Pete Nice, MC Serch, and DJ Richie Rich released three albums as 3rd Bass – The Cactus Album, The Cactus Revisited, and Derelicts of Dialect. Nice and Rich also released the Dust to Dust LP as a duo.

Nice later opened a baseball memorabilia shop in Cooperstown, New York. He was accused of selling fraudulent items by an auction house. During a legal deposition he repeatedly invoked his 5th amendment rights. A judge sided with the auction house and ordered Nice to pay $260,000.

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Watch 3rd Bass’ video for “The Gas Face” below.