The Pharcyde ‘Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 24th November 1992

Label: Delicious Vinyl

Producers: J Swift, L.A Jay, Slimkid3

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is the debut album of American hip hop group The Pharcyde, released on November 24, 1992 through Delicious Vinyl Records. The album was produced by former group member J-Swift, and features only one guest appearance, provided by little known Los Angeles rapper Bucwheed (known then as “Buckwheat” from The Wascals). In the years after its release, Bizarre Ride has been hailed by music critics and alternative hip hop fans, as a classic hip hop album along with Souls of Mischief’s 93 ‘til Infinity, and has appeared in numerous publications’ “best albums” lists. 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 such as 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 its wide critical acclaim, the album produced only moderate sales, peaking at No. 75 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1993. However, on the strength of the second single, “Passin’ Me By”, the album was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 28, 1996.”

Additional info:

- Listen to Chris Read’s 25th Anniversary Mixtape.

- The album comes in at #6 in Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1992.

- The track ‘Ya Mama’ appears on our 1992 Rap Megamix.

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

- Explore virual liner notes in WhoSampled’s ‘Album Experience’.

Listen: Spotify / Youtube

Purchase: Discogs

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