Boasting a collective stream-of-conciousness flow, a shared love of freaky humor and fearless penchant for exposing emotions, The Pharcyde has proved itself to be one of hip hop’s few originators. With its ?Delicious Vinyl debut album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, now close to the gold mark for US sales, the group has filled these hectic years with touring, writing songs and sweating in the studio.
Although The Pharcyde put two years into Labcabincali-fornia, their second Delicious Vinyl album, it was time well spent. The album was a sophmore hump, not a sophmore slump. It provides an aural snapshot of a band leaving large foot prints in new lyrical, sonic, and psychic territory. “You can hear it when people rush their shit out there,” Tre states. “They end up feeding the masses anything. It might take me a year to finish lyrics to one piece, but I know that song’s going to be booming.”
“This business aint for weak hearts and weak souls,”Tre explains. “Basically you’ll get crunched , and now we know that. “Tre, Romye, and Imani started their trip through the hip-hop nation as groovers. Their group, Two For Two appeared in several music videos and on the television program In Living Color. It was then they met their friend and long time manager, Suave, who was the road manager for Tone Loc and Candyman (both of which they lent their talents to).
While attending South Central Unit, an after school program for the performing arts held at the home of high school teacher Reggie Andrews, the trio met Fat Lip and producer J-Swift. The group recorded a demo which sparked a bidding war and they were inked to Delicious Vinyl as The Pharcyde.
“They paved the way for an LA hip hop renaissance that helped hoist the city out of its bullets and bitches pigeon hole,”lauded One Nut Magazine. For the next two years, the group honed it’s stage skills, touring the US, Europe, and hitting Japan for dates with De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. After a fallout with the record company, they put out a new EP that is only available at the concerts.