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This spaced-out rap crew originally comprised Imani Wilcox, Bootie Brown (Romye Robinson), Slim Kid (b. Tré Hardson) and Fat Lip (b. Derrick Stewart). Based in Los Angeles, California, USA, their goofy, fast-talking style defied the early 90s rash of gangsta vinyl from that area with a dogma-deflating blend of cool, loopy rhythms and cultural lyrics. Hardson, Robinson and Wilcox originally worked as dancers and choreographers, appearing on the television series In Living Color. They formed Pharcyde in 1990 with rapper Stewart, and cut a demo tape with producer J-Swift. The resulting battle for their signatures was won by the Delicious Vinyl label. The crew contributed one of the most effective cuts, Soul Flower, to the Brand New Heavies Heavy Rhyme Experience: Vol. 1, before releasing their excellent debut. A multi-layered comic masterpiece, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcydes appeal was epitomised by the single Ya Mama, a...