Prime Minister Pete Nice was a founding member of the Def Jam Recordings group 3rd Bass and released two gold albums for the label from 1989 to 1992. His career in Hip Hop began in 1985 as a solo MC managed by Lumumba Carson and in 1987 he established the first Hip Hop radio show with DJ Clark Kent on WKCR at Columbia University. In 1992 he founded Hoppoh Recordings and released the albums of Kurious and Count Bass D and also managed the Elektra rap group KMD featuring MF Doom. He has worked as a historian and consultant with artists and collectors dedicated to preserving Hip Hop artifacts and history. He is currently working on a book with Paradise Gray entitled, “The Golden Age of Hip Hop 1983-1992: An Illustrative History.” He is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College.