The Pharcyde

The Pharcyde is an alternative hip-hop group that hails from south central Los Angeles; the original line-up consisted of Imani, Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, and Fatlip. DJ Mark Luv., J-Swift and J Dilla have also been embers of the group at one time. The group came to fame with their hit singles: “Drop,” “Passin' Me By,” and “Runnin',” in addition to their debut album, “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.” The group came together when Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, and Imani met as dancers in the late 1980s; at the time Imani and Slimkid3 were already in a group together called “As Is,” while Bootie Brown was working as a dancer for Fatlip. Next the trio hooked up with producer J-Swift and recorded their first demo in 1991. The trio hired Paul Stewart, who had worked with Cypress Hill, De La Soul, and House of Pain, to create the sound they wanted. The band was signed to Delicious Vinyl Records later that same year. In 1992 the group were featured on the Brand New Heavies's album, “Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1,” with their track “Soul Flower.” This exposed the group to a whole new audience [+]