"Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde" by The Pharcyde on iTunes

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4.9 out of 5

17 Ratings

From a time when there was still lots of diversity in Hip Hop


What a gem! A real quality find/buy! Many consider The Pharcyde the most successful group of its kind NOT affiliated with Native Tongue (Jungle Bros., De La Soul, ATCQ, Black Sheep, etc.). Comedic, raw, and creative, their innovative beats/sound are complemented by four characters who are actually very lyrically skilled MCs (Slim Kid Tre, Booty Brown, Fat Lip, and Imani). They were the refreshing antithesis of prototypical west coast offerings from that era (as gangster-stylized groups like, Above the Law, began to dominate L.A. hip hop). If you're into honest, hip hop with alternative content that makes you think (and laugh) while you're boppin your head--you will appreciate this album. Recommended singles: Passin Me By (an all time classic), On the Down Low, Ya Mama, and Otha Fish.


Krissy A!,

Classic. 90s

About The Pharcyde

An influential alternative rap quartet from South Central Los Angeles, the Pharcyde was formed by MCs/producers Tre "Slimkid" Hardson, Derrick "Fatlip" Stewart, Imani Wilcox, and Romye "Booty Brown" Robinson. Hardson, Wilcox, and Robinson were all dancers and choreographers who met on the L.A. underground club circuit in the late '80s, worked together for a while, and served a stint as dancers on In Living Color. Stewart, meanwhile, performed at local clubs and eventually hooked up with the others in 1990. Under the tutelage of Reggie Andrews, a local high-school music teacher, the group learned about the music industry and the process of recording an album. They landed a deal with Delicious Vinyl in 1991, and a year later released their eccentric debut album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, which went gold. After support slots for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest as well as a successful spot on Lollapalooza's second stage in 1994, the group released its second album, Labcabincalifornia, which was calmer than their first but no less warped. After a five-year break which saw little action except for the debut of Stewart as a solo rapper (his single "What's Up Fatlip" became an underground hit), the Pharcyde returned in late 2000 with their third album, Plain Rap. The group fractured even more during the subsequent three years, leaving only two members -- Imani Wilcox and Bootie Brown -- to man 2004's Humboldt Beginnings. ~ Steve Huey

    Los Angeles, CA

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