Thursday, April 21, 2011
Three years after Bizarre Ride, the Pharcyde released another classic album, Labcabincalifornia. Although it is a bit more mellowed out and introspective than Bizarre Ride, it was a natural progression of their styles, and their production skills took a similar progressive step. It is lined with classics just as much as Bizarre Ride is; Bullshit opens the album on a chill note; Somethin' That Means Something speaks to their position as a successful hip hop group desiring deeper relevance; Runnin' is a chill ass jam talking about taking care of your business; and their track Pharcyde, number 2 on the album, talks about coming back full force and saying "fuck ya'll" to the haters. Classic flows ensue:
Legend has it that the album title refers to the cabin that the group lived in while they produced the entirety of the album; most importantly, they apparently did so in a ridiculously fast time period, and completely bonkers on mushrooms. I cant remember if its 2 weeks or a months, but these folks just went balls out trippin' and produced some of the finest jams of the mid 90s. Fuck yeah Pharcyde.