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The Pharcyde 20th Anniversary Tour

28 January 2013 No Comment

The Pharcyde 20th Anniversary Tour

Perryscope Concerts & Vogue Productions is proud to bring The Pharcyde 20th Anniversary Tour to Fortune Sound Club on February 19. Tickets for this night of nostalgia and hits with Pharcyde MCs Imani and Bootie Brown and crew, go on sale Friday January 18 at Northern Tickets, Red Cat Records and Beat Street Records.

In the early 90’s, when gangsta’ rap con­sumed the air­waves, and the ma­jor­ity of West Coast rap­pers strapped on their Locs, Chuck Tay­lor’s & Ben Davis’, The Phar­cyde de­cid­edly main­tained a will­fully weird vi­sion. Opt­ing to stay true to them­selves with their left field but still South-Cen­tral sen­si­bil­ity, rap had seen few groups so self-dep­re­cat­ing and so smart, four vi­sion­ary rap­pers adroitly able to split the dif­fer­ence be­tween he­lium-voiced and hard-core. Lis­ten­ing to “Bizarre Ride II the Phar­cyde” two full decades 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 hit sin­gle, “Pass­ing Me By,” it is not sur­pris­ing that it shipped over a mil­lion units, gar­nered com­par­isons to De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest, and every­one from Pitch­fork Media to The Source has hailed it as one of the great­est al­bums ever made.

Speak­ing on the pas­sage of time, their sec­ond re­lease “Lab­Cab­In­Cal­i­for­nia” has re­vealed ex­actly how far-reach­ing The Phar­cyde’s vi­sion was. From en­list­ing a young and then un­known James Yancey aka J DILLA to pro­duce beats, the clas­sic “Run­nin” to col­lab­o­rat­ing with di­rec­tor Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich” “Adap­ta­tion”) on the video for “Drop,” it has con­sis­tently re­in­forced their stead­fast re­fusal to tread fa­mil­iar artis­tic grounds.

The Phar­cyde con­tinue to hone their in­di­vid­ual abil­i­ties yet carry on the name & legacy in its orig­i­nal fash­ion. They still se­duce their au­di­ence with the same boy­ish charm that founded them at the be­gin­ning. Now, it’s com­bined with the knowl­edge that has been be­stowed upon them as men who have taken on, and rose to the chal­lenge of the rap game. The end re­sult of all this hard work is a band that’s still in­flu­enc­ing the hip hop artists and sounds crowd­ing our radio waves today and will con­tinue to for many years to come.

Tuesday February 19, 2013
Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver BC
Doors at 8pm
Show at 9:30pm
General Admission
19+

Tickets On Sale 10am on Friday January 18, 2013
Tickets $25.00 (+s/c)
Tickets at Northern Tickets, Red Cat Records & Beat Street Records
www.northerntickets.com
604-569-1144

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