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Hippity hoppoty all the way to Vail

Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyThe pharcyde is known as the West Coast's innovators of rap, feel good-style. They play Vail tonight.

This release follows last year’s pharcyde album, “Plain Rap.” They emerged on the scene out of L.A. in the ’90s, and have been around ever since.

“If you think about it, we’re like the grandfathers of hip-hop. We’ve been going since 1991 – kind of like Fishbone or the Chili Peppers. I feel like an elder statesman, and I feel a lot of pressure on my shoulders,” said founding father Imani Wilcox.

That pressure has given birth to a reputation for feel-good shows with plenty of bounce. Which is good, as they’re all set to re-discover the peculiar magic of 8150’s own moving dance floor.

Afu-Ra, the hip hop artist who worked with Jeru the Damaja, is coming along for the ride. The two of them toiled for recognition on the East Coast at a time when the West Coast was the vortex of rap. He took his name from a a book, “The Egyptian Book of the Dead.”

“Afu is the body and Ra is the life force,” he explained.

The High Times Tour comes to Vail’s 8150 in Vail at 10 p.m. It’s one of only two Colorado stops, so they expect to sell out. Get your tickets early. for more information call the venue at 479-0607.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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