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In the early 90’s, when gangsta’ rap consumed the airwaves, and the majority of West
Coast rappers strapped on their Locs, Chuck Taylor’s & Ben Davis’, The Pharcyde
decidedly maintained a willfully weird vision. Opting to stay true to themselves with
their left field but still South-Central sensibility, rap had seen few groups so selfdeprecating
and so smart, four visionary rappers adroitly able to split the difference
between helium-voiced and hard-core.

Listening to “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde” two full decades after its release, its sense
of timeliness is unmistakable. Every song on the album inverts a hoary hip-hop cliché.
With classics like “Oh Shit,” “Otha Fish”, “Ya’ Mama,” and hit single, “Passing Me By,” it
is not surprising that it shipped over a million units, garnered comparisons to De La
Soul and Tribe Called Quest, and everyone from Pitchfork Media to The Source has
hailed it as one of the greatest albums ever made.

Speaking on the passage of time, their second release “LabCabInCalifornia” has
revealed exactly how far-reaching The Pharcyde’s vision was. From enlisting a young
and then unknown James Yancey aka J DILLA to produce beats, the classic “Runnin”
to collaborating with director Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich” “Adaptation”) on the
video for “Drop,” it has consistently reinforced their steadfast refusal to tread familiar
artistic grounds.

Today, The Pharcyde is still performing and touring the globe recently on their
TransCyde Express Tour. They continue to hone their individual abilities yet carry on
the name & legacy in its original fashion. They still seduce their audience with the same
boyish charm that founded them at the beginning. Now, it’s combined with the
knowledge that has been bestowed upon them as men who have taken on, and rose to
the challenge of the rap game. The end result of all this hard work is a band that’s still
influencing the hip hop artists and sounds crowding our radio waves today and will
continue to for many years to come.

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