Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

The Pharcyde

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Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde Review

by John Bush

The cover shot of a Fat Albert-ized Pharcyde roller coastering their way into a funhouse makes perfect sense, as the L.A.-based quartet introduced listeners to an uproarious vision of earthy hip-hop informed by P-Funk silliness and an everybody-on-the-mike street-corner atmosphere that highlights the incredible rapping skills of each member. With multiple voices freestyling over hilarious story-songs like "Oh Shit!," "Soul Flower," the dozens contest "Ya Mama," and even a half-serious driving-while-black critique named "Officer," Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde proved Daisy Age philosophy akin to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest wasn't purely an East Coast phenomenon. Skits and interludes with live backing (usually just drums and piano) only enhance the freeform nature of the proceedings, and the group even succeeds when not reliant on humor, as proved by the excellent heartbreak tale "Passin' Me By." The production, by J-Sw!ft and the group, is easily some of the tightest and most inventive of any hip-hop record of the era. Though Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde could have used a few more musical hooks to draw in listeners before they begin to appreciate the amazing rapping and gifted productions, the lack of compromise reveals far greater rewards down the line.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Pharcyde 00:36 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Pharcyde 04:29 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Pharcyde 01:26 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Pharcyde 05:03 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Pharcyde 05:16 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Pharcyde 01:01 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Pharcyde 04:23
8 The Pharcyde 04:27 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Pharcyde 00:21 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Pharcyde 04:00 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Pharcyde 04:20 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Pharcyde 05:03 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Pharcyde 05:21 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Pharcyde 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Pharcyde 05:03 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Pharcyde 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
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