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CD Details

  • Released: March 20, 2001
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 12/8/95, p.71
"...they've carved out a loose-limbed niche reliant on smarts and allure rather than attitude and mindless menace. A follow-up that strikes a satisfying balance: playful but not goofy; benign but not ineffectual." - Rating: B+
Vibe - 12/95-1/96, p.151
"...a booming...disc reminiscent of early-career Sly & The Family Stone, mid Stevie Wonder, and late Sun Ra. Unafraid of swimming in lyrical streams of consciousness or sailing on the seas of the '70s....they stomp right on through in big tie-dyed boots."
Option - 3-4/96, p.117
"...finds the clown princes of rap succumbing to outside pressure, diluting their manic energy with generic beats and far-too-earnest proselyting..."
Melody Maker - 4/20/96, p.38
Recommended - "...Me, I'll just marvel at the intricate syllable-gymnastics....Or just slip it in the Discman and forget where the f*** I am..."
Musician - 1/96, pp.91-92
"...clever, funny, sometimes downright gorgeous....owes more to the Roots' elastic jazz grooves than it does to the dense, carnivalesque feel of BIZARRE or...glossy G-funk....their word play and in-jokes carry serious messages: personal responsibility, the value of watching your back..."
Rap Pages - 12/95, p.27
8 (out of 10) - "...The Pharcyde are sharing more of themselves, but delivering revelations in...straightforward musical packages....they're actually saying something that means something..."
NME (Magazine) - 4/20/96, p.48
6 (out of 10) - "...gorgeous, soulful harmonies [with]...sublime lyrical delivery...compensating for the absence of youthful exuberance..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Bullshit
  • 2.Pharcyde
  • 3.Groupie Therapy
  • 4.Runnin'
  • 5.She Said
  • 6.Splattitorium
  • 7.Somethin' That Means Somethin'
  • 8.All Live
  • 9.Drop
  • 10.Hey You
  • 11.Y?
  • 12.It's All Good!
  • 13.Moment in Time
  • 14.The Hustle,
  • 15.Little D
  • 16.Devil Music
  • 17.The E.N.D.,

Product Description:

The Pharcyde: Imani, Bootie Brown, Slim Kid3, Fat Lip (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Big Boy, Schmooche Cat, Randy Mack (vocals); Fernando Pullum (trumpet); Justin Reinhardt (Fender Rhodes, organ); Bob Durham (keyboards); Jay Dee (drums); M-Walk (scratches).
Producers include: Jay Dee, Bootie Brown, Diamond D., Trevant "Slim Kid3" Hardson, M-Walk.
Engineers include: Tim Latham, Rick Clifford, James Mansfield.
Samples include "Get Up, Stand Up" (as performed by Bob Marley), "Ladies First" (as performed by Queen Latifah), "Down By The River" (as performed by Buddy Miles) and "Saudade Ven Correndo" (as performed by The Stan Getz Samba Jazz Encore).
The Pharcyde: Imani, Bootie Brown, Slim Kid3, Fat Lip (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Big Boy, Schmooche Cat, Randy Mack (vocals); Fernando Pullum (trumpet); Justin Reinhardt (Fender Rhodes, organ); Bob Durham (keyboards); Jay Dee (drums); M-Walk (scratches).
Producers include: Jay Dee, Bootie Brown, Diamond D., Trevant "Slim Kid3" Hardson, M-Walk.
Engineers include: Tim Latham, Rick Clifford, James Mansfield.
Samples include "Get Up, Stand Up" (as performed by Bob Marley), "Ladies First" (as performed by Queen Latifah), "Down By The River" (as performed by Buddy Miles) and "Saudade Ven Correndo" (as performed by The Stan Getz Samba Jazz Encore).
Personnel: Fernando Pullum (trumpet); Justin Reinhardt (Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Bob Durham (keyboards); Jay Dee (drums); M. Walk (scratches).
Audio Mixers: James B. Mansfield; Paul Arnold; Tim Latham; Bryan Davis.
Recording information: Aire L.A. Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Aire, Los Angeles, CA; Battery Studios, New York, NY; CA; Chung King Recording Studio, New York, NY; Chung King Studios, NY; Hollywood Sound Recorders, Inc., Hollywood, CA; LabCabin, CA; LabCabin, Los Angeles, CA; Red Zone Studios; Red Zone Studios, Los Angleles, CA; Skip Saylor Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Sound Castle Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sound Castle Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Schmooche Cat; Randy Mac; Big Boy.
The change in the Pharcyde between the group's first and second albums can best be summed up by the variation in album covers. Where BIZARRE RIDE II THE PHARCYDE depicted a cartoon version of the four rappers twisted and turned by a wild rollercoaster ride, LABCABINCALIFORNIA shows the real rap quartet in Southern white suits in a somewhat posed group photo. Where the former showcases wonderful, youthful chaos with skits and ideas that are woven together with little attention to logic, the latter is an album of distinct five-minute story songs. Moreover, the concepts on LABCABINCALIFORNIA are more complex and intellectual--even political--than those of BIZARRE, which dealt primarily with relationship issues.
The politics are much subtler than the rants of a group such as Public Enemy, but are unmistakably present. If P.E. is the publisher of a subversive newspaper against an evil state, the Pharcyde is a group of poets who live on the hill--both are effective in their own way. The Pharcyde's nuance carries into its lyricism. Although not particularly complex, the group's rhymes are casually catchy, so much so you'll have fragments of "Runnin'," "Y?," and "Drop" roaming through your cranium for days, if not years.
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  • UPC: 081227677121
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