The Pharcyde

Labcabincalifornia

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Labcabincalifornia Review

by John Bush

Labcabincalifornia is a more mature record than the Pharcyde's debut. That's not necessarily a good thing, as the Pharcyde's playful attitude and comic raps were much of what made them so irresistible. True, age has enlightened them on "Moment in Time" and the single "Runnin'," the former a salute to the past and the latter a description of their flight from South Central's Pharcyde Manor to the Hollywood Hills. But the music is much of the problem here. Though the raps are solid, tempos never vary from the usual midtempo jam. The keyboard-driven melodies are good -- some better than others -- but a little variety is needed. Three of the last four tracks ("The Hustle," "Devil Music," "The E.N.D.") do evoke the spirit of the debut, but by that time it's too late -- the sophomore jinx has hit.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Pharcyde 04:12 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Pharcyde 04:19 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Pharcyde 05:12 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Pharcyde 04:56 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Pharcyde 05:15 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Pharcyde 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Pharcyde 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Pharcyde 00:50 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Pharcyde 05:36 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Pharcyde 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
11
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The Pharcyde 05:04 SpotifyAmazon
12
The Pharcyde 00:41 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Pharcyde 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Pharcyde feat: Big Boy / Schmooche Cat 05:34 SpotifyAmazon
15
The Pharcyde 01:31 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Pharcyde 04:12 SpotifyAmazon
17 The Pharcyde 04:40 SpotifyAmazon
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