Dissecting The Pharcyde’s Otha Fish

by New Science on October 7, 2011

More from the sample archives…

The Pharcyde’s Passin’ Me By

Excerpt from the Roy Ayers Project: In the early 90′s, being a Hip Hop “One Hit Wonder” wasn’t a bad thing. There were many, which doesn’t necessarily mean they weren’t good quality groups or songs. One could argue that there was an overabundance of substantial Hip Hop, where African medallions, dreadlocks, and afrocentric garb became commonplace. Many groups that were thought of as One Hit Wonders by mainstream critics may have had successful careers flying under the radar, creating a cult following. As Passing Me By by The Pharcyde was a regular occurrence on BET’s then famed Rap City, The Pharcyde’s next released single from Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde was one which was difficult for mainstream Hip Hop to digest. It wasn’t “Gritty Boom Bap”. It wasn’t “Hardcore from the Streets”. It wasn’t (for lack of a better term) Gangsta Rap. It was fusion. Jazz and Hip Hop.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jared Rubens January 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Most certainly one of the better beats of all time. This is what rap music should sound like.


$ky January 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

This is an amazing cut. Anybody who don’t like this is obviously being warped by the mainstream rap world. The Pharcyde is one of my faves. People never know them by name but niggas recognize the beat to Runnin’ & shit but they’re more than that one song. Bizarre Ride & Labcabincalifornia were great CDs. Stays playing in my car.


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