From the Willamette Week:
In 1992, four L.A. misfits snuck in through the backdoor of hip-hop history. As the media’s attention focused on rap’s cop killers and mean-mugging gangsters, the Pharcyde—Imani, Bootie Brown, Fatlip and Slimkid3—released Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, an album concerned with little more than being young and acting the damn fool. Boasting a jazzy, East Coast production aesthetic but eschewing New York bohemianism in favor of absurd humor, the record exerted such an influence on ’90s West Coast indie rap that, by the time of its starkly more mature follow-up, 1995’s Labcabincalifornia, even the group was sick of it.
“Along the road, people were like, ‘We want another Bizarre Ride.’ Well, go fucking make it yourself,” says Pharcyde’s de facto leader, Tre “Slimkid3” Hardson. “During that time, in our headspace, we were trying to do a lot of things. Why would we want to make the same footprint?”