Dissecting The Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By”

by New Science on October 4, 2011

For all you sample heads…

Dissecting The Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By”

Excerpt from the Roy Ayers Project: J-Swift was the prime producer for The Pharcyde’s debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, and his work was nothing short of masterful. While the entire album can be listened to straight through, nothing exemplifies the essence of Hip Hop more than Passing Me By. This was 1992, when producers that were sampling 2 different songs at a time was considered forward thinking. The most touted names in the game would take a sample from one song, a horn loop from another, and drum sounds from a 3rd song and make one beat. That was incredible.

J-Swift used 5 samples in The Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By”

Well, J-Swift was crafty enough to use five different songs to make Passing Me By. Five. Not two, not three, not four… you understand. The scratchiness of Jimi Hendrix to start it off, then enters the coolness of Quincy Jones’ organ. After that is established, you get the funky bass line form Jaco Pastorius, as Weather Report marks the next entrance. When the drums from Skull Snaps drop, the beat is made. As the song is in full swing, the chorus is trademarked by the legendary horn riff of Eddie Russ.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

dj January 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm

j swift is completley underrated, and not trying to prove you wrong but, my mans j swift used 6 samples, the 6th one is a line that is used in the chrous after “she keeps on passin me by” to let you no they will repeat it again. the sample was FRIENDS by “whodini. Swift used a turntable to scratch the sample to add it as a line in the chorous. Nice way to decribe his craftiness on this masterpeice and your welcome.


dj January 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

btw if u cannot understand what the sample says during the chorous it is “BUT NEVER THE LESS, ILL SAY IT AGAIN THAT”.


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