Let’s take it to the West Coast, South Central Los Angeles to be precise..home of The Pharcyde.
Maybe “Ya Mama” is not their most famous track, but thanks to it they signed their first record deal with Delicous Vinyl label in ’91. After a live perfomance, J-Swift gave them a gold chance, it’s useless to say that they grabbed it on the bounce.
In ’92 they recorded “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde”, which includes other fat hits such as “Passing Me By” and “Otha Fish“.
It was gansta rap time, but they were different. No glocks, no bling bling, no Benz’s by their side..just sharp irony, positive contents and jazzy sound. Someone pointed at them as the first succesful alternative act on the west coast, because of their freshness.
You can see that in their videos; walkin backward or upside down..no question they were innovative and funny.
Following albums were less easy-going and more introspective, they weren’t able to uphold first success despite great producers on their back such as Diamond D and J Dee. J-Swift broke up with group after first album, because of internal problems (it’s all always about the Benjamins) and opting for cracks pipe. Fatlip left after second album (“LabCabInCalifornia“) and Slimkid3 after third (“Plain Rap“).
“This is a f***ing truth of life, but it’s a truth in front of which your ass must be realist!” This is a topic sentence by Marcelus Wallace in Pulp Fiction, i think it figures out the situation very well.
Ok stop talkin’, enjoy the video..4 mates, 1 subject, 100 ways to kid it!
I know, lists are always boring, but check the samples..we have 5!
- “Seasons of the Witch” (cover of Donovan original track) by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills from nine hour jam “Super Session”
- “Synthetic Substitution” by Melvin Bliss
- “Good Stuff” by Mel Brown
- “Yes We Can Can” by Young-Holt Unlimited
- “I Don’t Know What this World is Coming To” by The Soul Children from Wattstax ’72
I give you all, thus you can listen and choose your favourite one. My choice drops on “Season Of The Witch“, it has a steady bassline accompanied by wise hands on piano.
Don’t forget to listen to “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde“, ya mama will be glad :)