April 18, 2013
Having just hit #50 in their fantastic Twelve 12″s vinyl-only mix series, Southern Hospitality kick of the next half century with Jimmy Plates’ The Pharcyde special.
Not an awful lot else to add here. Twelve Pharcyde 12″s collecting classic and rare material from the LA legends, mixed with love by London-based Jimmy Plates. Over to you Jimmy:
“In the early 90′s West Coast Hip Hop was dominated by fully established Gangsta Rap. The biggest players at the time; Ice-T, Cypress Hill and Ice Cube all represented this genre and it was pushed further into the mainstream music world with the dawn of G-Funk and the era-defining albums ‘The Chronic’ and ‘Doggystyle’. One group from South Central LA that bucked this trend was The Pharcyde who had more in common with the jazz infused beats and playful rhymes of East Coast counterparts like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul (who they later both toured with). 1993 saw the release of “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde” which quickly became a favourite with underground rap fans and alternative music fans alike, who perhaps found the light hearted songs about life and love an antidote to the hard gang related rhymes common at the time. The departure of producer J-Swift made way for Jay Dee (J-Dilla) and a change in direction and sound for the groups second album Labcabincalifornia in 1995, although not as popular as their debut offering the soulful sound of tracks such as “Runnin” and “She Said” have since become enduring classics of the era. So here’s a selection of twelve tracks from the group’s vinyl back catalogue consisting of B-Sides, Remixes and non album cuts, all mixed live for your listening pleasure. Surely everybody loves The Pharcyde?!” [Via EgoTripLand]