The Pharcyde still kickin' it after 20-plus years!

Slimkid3 and Fatlip at Donauinselfest 2013 by Manfred Werner
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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 1992 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. 

The Pharcyde put two years into Labcabincalifornia, 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.

Pharcyde group members Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, and Imani met as dancers in the late 1980s and dancing was their main ambition as late as 1990. Around this time, Imani and Slimkid3 were in a group called "As Is" and later a group called the "Play Brothers", whilst Bootie Brown was a backup dancer for Fatlip, who was the last member to join the group.

"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 years, the group has honed it's stage skills, touring the US, Europe, and Asia for dates with The Wascals, The RootsJ DillaGorillazThe Chemical BrothersSouls of Mischief, HieroglyphicsA Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.

After a fallout with their record company, they put out EPs on the group's own independent record label, Chapter One Entertainment, that were only available at the concerts.

2012 saw the twentieth anniversary of The Pharcyde's debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, and to mark the event Fatlip and SlimKid3 teamed up with the album's producers J-Sw!ft and L.A. Jay, as well as record label Delicious Vinyl, to play the album in its entirety at a tribute show at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. The performance was intended to be a one-off, but due to an overwhelming success and reception, the group began touring the show 'Bizarre Ride Live', and, along with MC K-Natural, working on original music under the moniker The Bizarre Ride.

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