Music Review: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde
The Pharcyde is an alternative hip-hop group that was formed around 1989 in Los Angeles. During that time, this group featured four members: Imani, Bootie Brown, Slinkid3, and Fatlip. Before The Pharcyde, all four met through their dancing careers and said that their rapping was heavily influenced by their dancing experience.
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde was released in 1992, and it was mostly well-recieved due to its fun, light-hearted, and playful humor. Especially during the time of Gangsta rap on the West Side, like Dr. Dre and Tupac were doing, The Pharcyde was able to bring something less serious into the hip-hop scene. Instead of rapping about the thug life and the ghetto, The Pharcyde raps about funny life experiences and stories. For example, on the second track "Oh Sh*t!", they rap about their drunk experiences and accidental hookups with transsexuals. The majority of the songs on this album are very upbeat with a jazzy influence.
Some of my favorite songs have to be "Oh Sh*t!," "4 Better or 4 Worse," "Officer,""Ya Mama," "Passing Me By," and "Otha Fish." I especially like "Ya Mama" because it's just full of playful "your mom" jokes. The Pharcyde don't take themselves seriously at all, and that's what's great about this album. They don't try to "keep it real." They rap about what they want to rap about, and it just so happens that they do it in a hilariously funny way.
That's not to say that some of their stuff isn't serious, though. "Officer," despite it's upbeat tune and catchy chorus, discusses racial profiling against African-American drivers. "Otha Fish" is about the members having to move on from their breakups and rejections, and "Passing Me By" is about their crushes that try to escape from them.
There is stuff that I didn't like about this album, however. One thing was the excessive interludes and skits. Out of the 16 tracks in this album, there are about five interludes, which I found to be a bit too much. It begins to feel like filler, like they wanted the album to be longer but couldn't really come up with anything better. Without the interludes, it probably would've taken out 10 minutes from the 56 minutes that currently make up the album. It's a minor problem, but still a problem.
In conclusion, if you want to hear something from the '90s that isn't really as serious and hardcore as Gangsta rap, then this album is a great choice. It's really upbeat and light-hearted, and each member has a great flow and lyrical content that would keep anyone entertained. If you don't really like hip-hop that much, then this might be something you haven't heard before. For me, I would give this album a 9/10.
Author Bio: Ryan Dang works for the Pacifica Sharp Park Library.