Pharcyde remains strong
VAIL – In a market saturated with cookie-cutter, here one minute and gone the next hip-hop acts, the Pharcyde remains among the best in the business, says 8150 talent booker Crawford Byers.
“On their newest album, ‘Humboldt Beginnings,’ the remaining two original members, Imani and Romye, are joined by Spaceboyboogiex and Greg Smooche and take a long awaited journey back to their glory days. The beats are uplifting, the lyrics positive and their trademark humor surfaces throughout. It is considered by many to be their best output since the ground breaking ‘Bizarre Ride,'” says Byers.Rap fans and critics alike took to The Pharcyde in the early 1990s, when the quartet broke out of the South Central underground and earned RIAA gold. Proving there was a fertile middle ground between West Coast gangsta and pop rap, the group fused good times, humor, a positive outlook and catchy beats.
The Pharcyde formed in 1990 when MCs/producers/choregraphers Tre “SlimKid” Hardson, Imani “Darky Boy” Wilcox and Romye “Booty Brown” Robinson (all alumni of the legendary hip-hop comedy TV series “In Living Color”) hooked up with Derrick “Fat Lip” Stewart, who’d been making solo noise on the SoCali club scene. Generating major buzz with “Soul Flower,” their roll continued with hits like “Passing Me By,” “She Said” and “Otha Fish.” Pharcyde scored gold with “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde,” their debut album. The group followed in late ’95 with LabCabinCalifornia, a Top 40 success.
DJ’s Monty and Enemy open up for Pharcyde. Doors at open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door ($15 advance).