To celebrate 20 years of dedicated Pharcyde delivery, and following their successful performances at Good Vibes in 2009, California’s Imani and Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde are bringing their original, idiosyncratic style of hip hop back to Australia this August with a special audio/visual performance!
In the early 90s, when gangsta’ rap consumed the airwaves, and the majority of West Coast rappers threw on their dark sunglasses & Chuck Taylor’s, The Pharcyde decidedly maintained a willfully unique vision. Opting to stay true to themselves with their left field but still South-Central sensibility, rap had seen few groups so self-deprecating and so smart; four visionary rappers skillfully 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. 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.
The Pharcyde’s second release LabCabInCalifornia revealed exactly how far-reaching their vision was. From enlisting a young and then unknown J Dilla to produce beats for 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 continues to hone their individual abilities yet carry on the name. They still seduce their audience with the same boyish charm that founded them at the beginning, partnered 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 PHARCYDE AUGUST TOUR // AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2012 DATES
Wednesday 22 August – The Beresford, Sydney NSW
Tickets via www.moshtix.com.au T
hursday 23 August – The Espy, Melbourne VIC
Friday 24 August – Fowlers Live, Adelaide SA
Tickets via Da Klinic, Clinic 116, Cold Crush & Venuetix
Saturday 25 August – Capitol, Perth WA
Tickets via 78 Records, Heatseeker, Mells Records, Planet Video & Star SurfWrite a Letter to the Editor