This was one of the last great hip-hop albums to come out before the coming of P-Diddy ... materialism culminated in that knuckle dragging ghetto footstomper `Back That Thang Up,'which pretty much turned me for all time from the scene. Oh man, what has HAPPENED to hip-hop? Remember `Check The Rhyme?' Remember `A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays?' Well, thankfully the guys in Pharcyde did, and this is their greatest product. Standouts on this one (`Passin' Me By' goes without mentioning - by all means, its a given that you MUST buy this CD simply for that track alone) include Return Of The B-Boy, which has that great Slick Rick salt shaker in the back, 4 Better Or 4 Worse, Otha Fish (a real heartbreaker), Ya Mama, and Pack The Pipe. Lyrics are unrepetitive (though Its Jiggaboo Time is kinda), slick, and intelligent. The skits are a riot - not a waste of space like on most CD's (when somebody says `Ya mama is an extra on The Simpsons, well...hell man, that's just gold...),...
This album was the soundtrack to my high school senior life in '95. It was always playing when my friends and I would be chillin' or getting up to no good. I began to have this haunting yearning to have it again (I was stupid enough to never have bought it before) and I would hear ghostly melodies and hilarious lines swirling in my mind every now and then , and it would almost make me cry -- I wanted to find it, but no one, not even who I considered to be hard-core hip hop aficionados even knew who I was talking about when I'd say: Do you have The Pharcyde? The blank look on their faces would blow my mind! It's been calling to me ever since: Passing Me By is one of the most sad, yet beautiful, songs ever. And who couldn't relate to the excitement that QUENTIN'S ON HIS WAY AND IT'S OKAY?! If you love chilled- out, sometimes hyper, but always sincerely crazy music, check this out before it disappears off the face of the Earth. I'm gonna make my grandkids listen to this,...
The Pharcyde's 1993 release, Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde, is the definition of the early 90's hip hop, mixing the Native Tongue sound with a distinct west Coast attitude. this cd doesn't get old, it's as good in 1999 as it was the day it was released. Even the skits are funny. Actually, even if the rest of the cd sucked, this release would be a classic based solely on the greatest, most humble, hip hop song ever, Passin' me by. If you can't relate to what the guys are saying, you either haven't lived or you're in denial. But the whole cd is dope, from beginning to end, each song a different manifestation of the Pharcyde's individual and collective unique personalities. You've never heard a cd like this before,but I guarentee if you love hip hop or at least have an open mind to other kinds of music like hip hop, you'll agree that this cd is a classic. So buy it now, and take the bizarre ride.
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