The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - 1992 Underground Hip Hop - Blue + Yellow Vinyl 2LP
The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde
Delicious Vinyl – CR0018, Craft Recordings – CR0018
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Translucent Blue & Yellow
10 Nov 2017
Released November 24, 1992
Recorded 1991 - 1992
at Hollywood Sounds, CA
Producer(s) J-Swift, L.A. Jay, SlimKid 3
A1 4 Better Or 4 Worse (Interlude)
A2 Oh Shit
A3 It's Jiggaboo Time (Skit)
A4 4 Better Or 4 Worse
B1 I'm That Type Of Nigga
B2 If I Were President
B3 Soul Flower (Remix)
B4 On The DL
C1 Pack The Pipe (Interlude)
C3 Ya Mama
C4 Passing Me By
D1 Return Of The B-Boy
D2 Quinton's On The Way (Skit)
D3 Pack The Pipe
D4 Otha Fish
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Concord Music Group, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Concord Music Group, Inc.
2017 Concord Music Group 25th Anniversary pressing on translucent blue and yellow vinyl.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Scanned): 888072029088
"The lineage of the group’s 1992 debut, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, surely features A Tribe Called Quest’s jazz-flavoured second LP The Low End Theory, released in 1991 and, says ATCQ’s Q-Tip, partially inspired by N.W.A.’s …Compton masterwork. That might align The Pharcyde with gangsta rhymes on rap’s family tree. But one listen to Bizarre Ride… is all it takes for its individuality to leap out.
A respect for jazz musicians is apparent – Herbie Mann, John Coltrane and Donald Byrd are amongst the sampled artists – and J-Swift’s production encompasses classic soul sounds, too. The results are regularly well-layered, the listener enveloped in a soundworld that shifts at its own pace. Tracks are allowed to stretch, regularly breaking the five-minute barrier.
Puerile lyricism – Oh S***, Ya Mama – might drag proceedings down if it weren’t for the dazzling delivery of MCs Fatlip, Slimkid3, Imani and Bootie Brown. Sporadically there’s a palpable thread from occasionally dark themes to the graphic content of an Odd Future album. The menacing phone call of 4 Better or 4 Worse wouldn’t seem incongruous on a Tyler-and-crew cut.
Passin’ Me By was the hit – but the quality control throughout this set is remarkable. The Fatback Band-sampling Soul Flower (remix) is a sure-fire party starter; likewise the breathlessly traded lines of the James Brown-borrowing I’m That Type of N****. Though rarely revered in the manner of 3 Feet High and Rising or It Takes a Nation of Millions…, the originality and bravado of Bizarre Ride… marks it as a classic of hip hop’s late-80s/early-90s period." ( BBC)
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is the debut album by alternative hip hop group The Pharcyde, released on November 24, 1992 through Delicious Vinyl Records. The album is produced by former group member J-Swift, and features only one guest appearance, provided by unknown Los Angeles rapper Buckwheat. Upon its release, Bizarre Ride was hailed by critics and alternative rap fans,
and is today one of the most acclaimed and influential alternative hip hop albums of the 1990s. Released during the dominant Gangsta rap era of West Coast hip hop, Bizarre Ride was described as "refreshing",[due to its playful, light-hearted humor and lush, jazzy production. Along with albums like To Whom it May Concern... by Freestyle Fellowship, and I Wish My Brother George Was Here by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Bizarre Ride helped establish a new alternative scene on the West Coast, followed by artists such as Hieroglyphics, The Coup and Jurassic 5. Despite the wide acclaim, the album produced only moderate sales, peaking at #75 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1993. However, on the strength of the its lead single, "Passing Me By", the album was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 28, 1996.