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‘When I First Heard Bizarre Ride’ : Chris Read, WhoSampled

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…

Next up we have Chris Read from the online music database Who Sampled speaking out about Bizarre Ride. The London DJ and BBE artist shares his personal Pharcyde memories, and as the content and community manager of Who Sampled, breaks down the intricacies of the albums DNA:

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

…a friend’s car I think. I would have been about 15/16 years old. I was a skateboarder as a kid, so we were always swapping cassettes and listening to them in our friends’ cars on the way to places to skate.

Favourite Pharcyde song and why?

I think it must be the “Passin’ Me By (Fly As Pie remix by L.A. Jay)” with the Roy Ayers sample. I had a cassette single which got listened to death. I remember pulling it out of a box of old tapes and listening to it on my portable stereo, on the first day in my college room the day I moved out of home.

Favourite sample used in Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

I think it has to be the combination of samples and references in ‘Officer’. The use of the Ramsey Lewis hook and the lyrical references to Public Enemy’s ‘Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos’ are just a great combination that combines comedy with deft sample mining.

Is there a sample in Bizarre Ride that you found surprising at all? 

The Jimi Hendrix sample in the original version of “Passin’ Me By” was a bit of a surprise for me. You’d expect a sample like that to give the track a rocky feel but the part they used and the way they used it just adds a great texture to a mix of other sample sources.

Best song that has sampled The Pharcyde?  

There are two tracks that I particularly like that have sampled or referenced the Pharcyde. The first is Kero One’s ‘The Cycle Repeats’ which uses a small vocal sample from ‘Passin’ Me By’ scratched on the hook. It’s not particularly notable as a result of the way the sample is used, but it’s classic hip-hop methodology in quite a modern setting. My second choice is ‘Clin D’Oeil’ by Jazz Liberatorz, a fantastic jazz / soul band and production outfit from France. In this case the reference is not a sample but a subtle interpolation of the hook from Pharcyde’s “Bull****” played on Rhodes Piano. A great track.

What do you feel makes a good use of sampling? 

In terms of Pharcyde tracks? I would say Dilla’s use of Suadade Vem Correndo on “Runnin’”. It’s not that the sample was flipped in a particularly adventurous way, but the fact that people were rarely sampling that style of music at the time and the way he just grabbed that hook from somewhere deep in the track, you know he must have listened through a lot of music to arrive at that choice … and it still rocks a club more than 15 years later.

Favourite ‘Ya Mama’ joke? 

I can barely hear that phrase without singing to myself about glass eyes and fish. “Ya Mama’s got a glass eye with a fish in it.” Maybe not the funniest but it’s a hook that’s stood the test of time.

Check out the WhoSampled site here and Chris Read’s own projects at Music of Substance

Words: Alice Price-Styles.

When I First Heard Bizarre Ride : Kidkanevil

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…

Next up, we have the dope UK producer and First Word Records artist Kidkanevil chatting about his own Pharcyde memories and preferences:

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

Damn, school I guess! “Ya Mama” sparked a fair amount of school yard giggles if I remember correctly.

Favourite Pharcyde song?

That’s a super hard choice, but I think I’ll go with “Splattorium.” Labcabincalifornia was one of the first albums to really draw my attention to Jay Dee, and this lil’ ditty was so beautiful. I would stick it on repeat alllll day. A lot of hip-hop at the time was pretty aggressive, kind of following the Wu Tang template, and this was so vibey and spaced out in comparison. Amazing.

What would happen if Negro Kanevil (J-Sw!ft’s alter-ego) and Kidkanevil were put in the same studio??

Haha, I dunno! Hopefully some dope shit. And maybe a few accidents.

Favourite ‘Ya Mama’ joke?

I like the ad-libs at the end: “Ya mama’s so fat you can’t even see her legs/ it just looks like she’s just gliding across the floor…”

Keep up to date with the world of Kidkanevil – all the music, tours, and more – here.

Words: Alice Price-Styles.

When I First Heard Bizarre Ride : Andre Torres

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 around we have the founder of Wax Poetics, Andre Torres, reflecting on his own encounters with Bizarre Ride and The Pharcyde. Here’s what the man who created a cult-status publication by shining a light onto all the stories behind your favourite records has to say:

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

College.

Favourite Pharcyde song?

Return of The B-Boy” because it was how I became aware of Madhouse – which was a complete revelation for me.

What do you make of the production on Bizarre Ride?

J-Sw!ft was dope. A young cat coming out of the West who knew his beats and the tradition of NY hip-hop but had his own bugged out Cali take on it.

Favourite ‘Ya Mama’ joke?

Ya mama’s so old her breasts only make powdered milk.

Gross! You can check out the finest music magazine there is, here: www.waxpoetics.com

Words: Alice Price-Styles.

When I First Heard Bizarre Ride : Mr Thing

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…

Sounding out all the way from the UK we have the original Scratch Perverts member, London’s very own beloved DJ Mr Thing sharing his Pharcyde tastes and memories:

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

When I first heard The Pharcyde I was in a Westwood jam in Vauxhall, just as “Ya Mama” came out. DJ Biznizz played it when he was opening up for him and I pretty much went and tracked it down as soon as I could!

Favourite Pharcyde song?

Hard for me to choose between “Runnin’‘” and “4 Better or 4 Worse”, I played both of those to death in my car at the time. “Runnin’” I put on a very early mix-tape I did and even copied the Run-DMC cuts on that mix, then “4 Better or 4 Worse” because it’s one of my favourite breaks ever (“Blind Alley”) with some absolutely brilliant Fender Rhodes on it. I swore it was a sample for the longest time, but was recently informed it was played! I love the whole vibe of both tunes, so it’s tough to call it…

Is there a Pharcyde song you like to scratch up? Ever used a Pharcyde song or skit in one of your routines??

Since the Visioneers did their cover of “Runnin’” I made up a scratch routine using the Run-DMC Rock Box cut and then blended in the original Pharcyde version into the chorus, it works really nicely. I’ve done it at the J Dilla tribute nights here a few times, plus I’ve got all the records on 45s too so been doing it in those sets as well!

Would you say there is love for The Pharcyde in London and the U.K.??

Most definitely. The records always get a good response in DJ sets, and I think most serious collectors here went a bit crazy for the 7″ box-set that came out for Record Store Day (myself included)!

Favourite ‘Ya Mama’ joke?

Special honorary mention to KMD for “Your Mother likes to visit the old churches” just for the randomness of it, but my favourite is still – “Ya Mama’s got a wooden leg with a kick-stand” – Genius!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI2kOajLMR8

Keep up to scratch with all of Mr Thing’s various activities, including live sets, tours, and The Funhouse live-stream here.

Words: Alice Price-Styles.

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

Click here to purchase tickets
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 II The Pharcyde – 3xCD Deluxe Edition Available July 10th

In stores July 10th – The Pharcyde’s seminal debut release expanded to a triple CD issue with detailed liner notes by producer J-Sw!ft, and rare vintage photos of the group all contained within a deluxe hinged box with magnetic clasp for easy access to some of the best hip hop of all time.

Widely regarded as a pioneering album of the West Coast’s then-emerging alternative hip hop scene, The Pharcyde’s 1992 debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde makes a triumphant reappearance two decades later in this deluxe 3xCD set by the good folks at Delicious Vinyl. Drawing from a laundry list of sampled jazz and soul greats to construct its musical sound scape, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde marked the entry of The Pharcyde into the arena of beloved hip hop icons in the decades to come. Sonically, producer J-Sw!ft’s jazzy sampling and lush instrumentation provide a stark contrast to the hard-hitting gangsta rap dominating West Coast’s contributions to hip hop of the time,
further complementing the laid-back comedic lyricism of emcees Fatlip, Bootie Brown, Imani, and Slimkid3 with a style seldom heard since. This superbly arranged deluxe reissue includes the original album in its entirety, plus two additional discs including instrumentals, remixes, and ‘b-cydes.’ Fans will be pleased to find producer J-Sw!ft’s extended liner notes included alongside vintage photos of the group. This deluxe reissue is housed in a beautiful hinged box with magnetic clasp emblazoned with the iconic rollercoaster cover art by Fuct. This updated release of The Pharcyde’s classic album makes for a bizarre ride not to be missed.

DISC ONE – THE ALBUM
4 BETTER OR 4 WORSE (INTERLUDE)
OH SHIT
IT’S JIGGABOO TIME (SKIT)
4 BETTER OR 4 WORSE
I’M THAT TYPE OF NIGGA
IF I WERE PRESIDENT (SKIT)
SOUL FLOWER (REMIX)
ON THE DL
PACK THE PIPE (INTERLUDE)
OFFICER
YA MAMA
PASSIN’ ME BY
OTHA FISH
QUINTON’S ON THE WAY (SKIT)
PACK THE PIPE
RETURN OF THE B-BOY

DISC TWO – INSTRUMENTALS
OH SHIT
4 BETTER OR 4 WORSE
I’M THAT TYPE OF NIGGA
SOUL FLOWER (REMIX)
ON THE DL
OFFICER
YA MAMA
PASSIN’ ME BY
OTHA FISH
RETURN OF THE B-BOY

DISC THREE – REMIXES/B-CYDES
PORK
I’M THAT TYPE OF NIGGA (Straight Up Faded Mix)
SOUL FLOWER (Wrong Tree Remix)
SOUL FLOWER (Brand New Heavies Version)
SOUL FLOWER (Dogs B*ll*cks)
SOUL FLOWER (2 tha 3 Mix)
YA MAMA (Matt Dike Remix)
YA MAMA (Kenny Dope Remix)
YA MAMA (J-Sw!ft Remix)
PASSIN’ ME BY (Brixton Flavour Remix)
PASSIN’ ME BY (Fly As Pie Mix)
OTHA FISH (The Heavy-Head O.G. Mix)
OTHA FISH (L.A. Jay Remix)
OTHA FISH (The Angel Mix)
LIVE @ DODGER STADIUM

 

Bizarre Ride Live at The Malibu Inn – Sat. July 7th

Delicious Vinyl & Sicky Dicky invites you to experience

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live
The full album from start to finish, featuring Fatlip, Slimkid3 (formerly of The Pharcyde), J.Sw!ft, LA Jay & special guests
Saturday July 7th
The Malibu Inn

8:30pm – 18 & over

Click here for tickets

Tickets are on sale now:
advance tickets: $25 / advance VIP package $100

Exclusive VIP ticket package includes:
• Access to the Delicious Vinyl pop up stop at Bananabeat where Fatlip and Slimkid3 will be chillin’ & spinning.
• Limited édition Bizarre Ride shirt
• Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde: Deluxe Edition – 3xCD featuring the album, instrumentals and remixes.
• VIP area next to stage

 

L.A. Jay Is All Love – Q&A with co-producer of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

John “L.A. Jay” Barnes III and Delicious Vinyl share a mighty fine history together. Producing dope tracks such as The Pharcyde’s ‘Otha Fish’ and ‘Pork’, and working his magic to create impeccable remixes of Masta Ace’s ‘Saturday Nite Live’ and The Pharcyde’s ‘Passin’ Me By’ (Fly As Pie Remix), as well as so much more, Jay has undoubtedly contributed some pretty special jams to the labels catalogue.

Playfully described as the ‘George Clooney of hip hop’ by J-Sw!ft on DVTV, L.A. Jay is certainly one smooth operator when it comes to the beats and samples. Just as the soulful delivery of SlimKid3’s poetic lines manages to work in aural and thematic harmony with Fatlip’s wild rhymes and the high-pitched intonation of Imani and Bootie Brown, L.A. Jay’s smooth touch always provided a nice twist to Pharcyde beats and the rambunctious production style of J-Sw!ft.

At the recent Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde 20th Anniversary Celebration at The Roxy, Jay not only controlled the turntables but was also the man supplying the mind-blowing visuals during the sensory overload of a show.

So, we caught up with Jay to chat a little about the landmark show and indulge in even more reminiscing…

Alice Price-Styles: You put together the live visuals for the Bizarre Ride show – could you talk about the idea to use video and how it came about?
L.A. Jay: Well, the very first thing that I envisioned, which is the reason I ended up being the one to do it, was for the song ‘I’m That Type of Nigga’. I saw this vision of Godzilla, from the old Japanese movies, him just coming through knocking buildings down and all of that as a visual representation of what the song is about; boasting and telling emcees that you will crush them. I mentioned that one idea to Mike Ross and he was all for using visuals to make the show pop onstage. So, the ideas to do something unique for each song spawned from that original seed.

AP-S: Now to take it back – how did you first meet The Pharcyde? And how did you first get involved working with them?
LAJ: Wow. Let’s see. I think Derrick, Fatlip, was the very first person that I met maybe back in 86/ 87. There was this whole scene in LA, a dance scene where dance groups would compete with one another. He was in one of those groups called the Jammers, which is why his original name was Jammer D. One of the main crews promoting those parties/ dance competitions was called Jam City, and I was one of the deejays for that crew. I think I met Fatlip during that time.

J-Sw!ft and I met because I was producing a girl group called The Good Girls, whose record is the first major label record that I produced. My manager at that time was also managing the group so we were kind of a crew – me, the girls, and a couple of other producers. J-Sw!ft’s manager, Reggie Andrews, knew my manager, and presented some of J’s music to us for the groups album. At the time I was a little cocky, and I think you kind of have to be when you’re first starting out; you have to feel like you can do it better than most. I felt like no one could come in and knock me out of my spot as one of the main producers of the album. They had just signed with Motown and those album placements were important to us. But, when I heard his stuff I was like ‘oh this dude is pretty serious too!’

AP-S: Recently on DVTV J-Sw!ft referred to your track Pork as a jab at him – was it ever that competitive between you two with your production?
LAJ: Um…no, he was joking when he said it was a jab! We were very competitive, but we were homeboys.

Back then, everybody would be hanging in a room like this – a bunch of us – and there would be a cassette deck and you’d come in with your new beats for everyone to hear. When you pressed play, you’d see on everybody’s faces instantly if the energy in the room elevated or not.

A lot of times it would be J-Sw!ft and I going back to back, and it was friendly competition. Though, at the same time, I’m sure that he wanted to make sure that his beats were better than mine, and likewise I did the same – we were pushing each other.

So, he meant that in a fun way like ‘aw man – he came with a left hook! And he got me with that one!’

Me and J-Sw!ft have never been enemies, it’s always been all love. By the time that I met him I already knew his work and he knew mine. We had a mutual respect because I knew that he was good, and he liked my stuff too. We worked on some projects together as a production team for a while. J-Sw!ft and Fatlip were the first to work together in terms of any Pharcyde connection. There are so many connections though, as even Imani from The Pharcyde was instrumental in helping with some choreography for The Good Girls, so I had kind of met him through that.

Basically, we were just a bunch of young folks that ended up connecting on a creative level, even before they were called The Pharcyde. Even before they were the group which they were before The Pharcyde, which was called 242, we were starting to link and hang out and have a mutual respect for people’s different crafts.

We became this collective group of people who hung out, bounced ideas off of each other, partied a lot, worked a lot, and built a lot in terms of brainstorming and listening to music, critiquing other people’s music. That whole thing was just a juggernaut that carried everybody to the next level with The Pharcyde.

AP-S: As a group – what do The Pharcyde mean to you? What do they symbolise?
LAJ: They symbolise sincerity number one, and just openness, colour, and artistry. Artistry meaning whatever it calls for; they dance, they rap, and they’re song-writers. They may be song-writers first, rappers second. Great examples of that are ‘Passin’ Me By’ and ‘Otha Fish’ – those are songs. That’s one of the things that the collective really contributed to. There was a wealth of heavy musicians around us and a wide range of perspectives because of it.

I came up under my father (John Barnes) who was, and is a serious session musician/composer/producer who had worked with tons of legends from Marvin Gaye to Michael Jackson, and Bill Withers to Lionel Richie to name a few. And then Reggie Andrews, who really mentored them, was kind of a father figure to all of us. He was a serious figure in the L.A. music scene and had written and produced hit records as well. So, we had a real foundation of that record making mentality.

There is a certain type of hip hop that is all about spitting rhymes, a banging beat, laying those verses one after the other – that’s really dope and I do love a hard-ass emcee. But I’m saying what makes the Pharcyde a little bit different, is that they came from the standpoint of not only making a banger, but a true artistic song.

It’s all about the end result translating to listeners as a really clear message, and to bare your soul on that record. Not just trying to destroy every emcee in every verse, but baring your soul and sharing your experience. The Pharcyde honestly express themselves and I think that’s one of the things that makes them so memorable.

AP-S: Do you have a particular favourite or stand out memory of The Pharcyde?
LAJ: My goodness. There’s so, so many. J-Sw!ft is better at this stuff than me –not only does he remember everything but he’s a great storyteller. We’ve had so many experiences but one of my favourite times was Lake Arrowhead when twenty, maybe twenty five, of us rented a big cabin for the weekend and we just had a blast. Oh my lord.

That was even before they had a record deal. It was a bunch of us, a bunch of girls, and we were just hanging out, partying – can you imagine?? It was a three story cabin and it had a Jacuzzi and a sauna, balconies and we were out in the forest. It was a hell of a party. We went out hiking one day and J-Sw!ft jumped off of a cliff into some water…we didn’t even know how deep the water was.

AP-S: I can’t imagine J-Sw!ft loose in the woods….
It was one of my fondest memories of everybody hanging out. But, it was just a daily affair back then – all day everyday hanging out and vibing. It was such a pure time because we were just about what we were about, with no corruption. Seeing everybody being supportive, building, encouraging each other, encouraging people to push the envelope with their craft…it was a really good time.

Oh – one memory on a personal note – one time we were out at a club and for some reason there was this dude that had it out for me and wanted to fight me. I still don’t know to this day why. He came up to try and sucker punch me, to take a swing at me while I wasn’t looking. My best friend was there and caught him right before, as the guys knuckles scraped my head. I look up after that and I see Tre, I think Romye and a bunch of the guys all fighting the other dudes homies – you just don’t know how much someone has your back until something goes down. Every now and then I would think about that and be like ‘wow – they really had my back’. It’s always been a lot of love, and to this day it is, for all four members. All four of those guys I’ve got a lot of love for; I want to see them all win.

Alice Price-Styles is a UK-based writer. Read more of her work at www.MintMagazine.co.uk