When I First Heard Bizarre Ride : Prince Paul

A true underground classic, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is an album beloved by many. In honour of the 20th anniversary, Delicious Vinyl question various respected figures in the music industry and beyond about their experiences and feelings towards the Pharcyde…

This time we have the incredible hip-hop producer who started out with Stetsasonic, created seminal work with De La Soul and the Gravediggaz, as well as many brilliant solo projects: New York’s highness, Prince Paul.

‘When I first heard –The Pharcyde– I was in…’?

My studio in Long Island with an advance cassette copy.

Favourite Pharcyde song?

4 Better or 4 Worse” was my favourite because it was so melodic and had a really great concept. I remember telling De La Soul how great the album was.

People often compare Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde to 3 Feet High & Rising – what do you think to that?

I’m flattered that people would think that. But, I can see the comparison being the playfulness of the albums.

As a producer what do you make of the production on Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde?

I always thought the production was genius, and at the time wished I had thought of it.

Do you have a favourite Pharcyde skit?

I’m not sure if it’s a skit, but the end of “4 Better or 4 Worse” is pretty crazy.

Favourite ‘Ya Mama’ joke? 

Yo mama is so stupid that I saw her yelling into an envelope, asked what she was doing, and she said sending a voice mail.

Keep up to date with Prince Paul’s current projects, such as his Negroes on Ice show and upcoming solo album here.

Words: Alice Price-Styles.