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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.

When I First Heard Bizarre Ride : Rob Swift

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

First up we have the turntablist extraordinaire Rob Swift of the legendary X-Ecutioners crew, and ESPN’s first resident DJ on the late-night sports show UNITE, sharing his experiences:

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

The first time I heard Pharcyde was in my living room watching the video for “Passin’ Me By” on Music Video Box.

Favourite Pharcyde song?

Passin’ Me By” because it reminds me of teenage crushes I had. Whenever I hear it I think of every girl that passed me by in High School.

Is there a Pharcyde song you like to scratch up?
No, I rather just vibe out to Pharcyde.

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde’s DNA is dense and jazz-fuelled – what do you think makes a good use of sampling?
I think it’s all about the way you layer the samples you use. The best beats are the ones that take a variety of samples and make them sound like one.

Favourite ‘Ya Mama’ joke?
Ya mama’s so fat she needs a hula hoop to keep her pants up!

Keep up to date on Swift’s activities, including worldwide tours, his resident DJ gig on ESPN’s UNITE, this years ‘Roc for Raida’, his ‘Dope on Plastic’ radio show, and classical fusion album ‘The Architect’ here: www.djrobswift.com

Words: Alice Price-Styles.

Bizarre Ride Live in San Francisco on Fri. Aug 3rd – Low End Theory SF

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Friday August 3rd, 2012

Low End Theory SF presents

BIZARRE RIDE LIVE
Fatlip & Slimkid3 (formerly of The Pharcyde) along with Pharcyde producers J-Sw!ft and LA Jay will be performing The Pharcyde’s debut album Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde from start to finish.

Low End Theory
1015 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA
(21 & over)

pre-sale tickets are available now – $20

This show will be filmed for the Low End Theory documentary!

Bizarre Ride Live Winter 2013 World Tour Dates

The Bizarre Ride Across America
01.25.2013: The Shrine – Chicago, IL
01.27.2013: Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
01.29.2013: Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
01.30.2013: The Middle East – Boston, MA
01.31.2013: SOB’s – New York, NY
02.02.2013: The Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.

The Bizarre Ride To Europe:
02.06.2013: 02 Academy – Bristol, UK
02.07.2013: Jazz Cafe – London, UK
02.08.2013: Sound Control – Manchester, UK
02.09.2013: Stylus – Leeds, UK
02.11.2013: Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany
02.12.2013: Sommercasino – Basel, Switzerland
02.13.2013: Albani Music Club – Winterthur, Switzerland
02.14.2013: Essigfabrik – Cologne, Germany
02.15.2013: Batschkap – Frankfurt, Germany
02.16.2013: Kiff – Aarau, Switzerland
02.17.2013: Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, Germany
02.18.2013: Zwischenbau – Rostock, Germany
02.19.2013: Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany
02.21.2013: Willemeen – Arnhem, Holland
02.22.2013: Untergrund – Bochum, Germany
02.23.2013: Kufa – Lyss, Switzerland
02.24.2013: Flex – Austria, Vienna

(l-r: Cee Brown, Fatlip, SlimKid3, K-Natural, J-Sw!ft, L.A. Jay)