Out November 17 via Craft Recordings, comes one of the greatest and most celebrated hip-hop albums of all time, The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. The album will be available in Deluxe 25th Anniversary Vinyl (original album on 2LPs + 3 12″ singles) and 2CD (original album, plus a full disc of bonus material) with audio remastered by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Madvillain, Madlib) at Elysian Masters and will include non-album tracks, remixes, and rarities. New liner notes by leading music journalist and author Jeff Weiss (Passion of the Weiss, LA Weekly) to round out the package. Standard versions of the original album with remastered audio will also be available on vinyl and cassette.
Critically acclaimed as an absolute classic of the alternative hip-hop genre, it has shipped over a million units worldwide and garnered the group justifiable comparisons to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. The definition of a crossover record, outlets ranging from Pitchfork to The Source have hailed it as one of the greatest albums ever made. NME calls it “…a cartoon-strip of blunt-smoking antics, sexual innuendo and unashamed political incorrectness, crammed with infectious beats.” Listening to Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde 25 years after its release, its sense of timeliness is unmistakable. Every song on the album inverts a hoary hip-hop cliché. With classics like “Oh Shit,” “Otha Fish,” “Ya’ Mama,” and the now-ubiquitous #1 hit “Passin’ Me By,” Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde remains essential and enduringly unique – a rite of passage for any serious hip-hop head.
In support of the release, WhoSampled have teamed up with Craft Recordings to present an interactive album experience to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde,” to tell the story of this iconic group and showcase their lasting effect on popular music. Delve into the story of the album, check out archival photos and press material and explore the samples that compose the smash hit “Passin’ Me By” via infographics, interactive features, and a Spotify playlist.
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