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The Pharcyde Nationwide Tour Announced

The Pharcyde Nationwide Tour Announced

Thursday 5th July, 2012 9:03AM

Classic 90s hip hop group The Pharcyde are heading our way for the first time this August. They're celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde and are playing dates nationwide....

The Pharcyde

Thu 16 Aug, Mint Bar, Wanaka
Fri 17 Aug, San Francisco Bath House, Wellington
Sat 18 Aug, The Studio, Auckland
Sun 19 Aug, Dux Live, Christchurch

Full ticketing details below, here are some classic vids...

'Passin' Me By' from their debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (1992).

"Runnin" from their second album LabCabInCalifornia (1995).

Press Release:

The Pharcyde Announce August 2012 Debut New Zealand Tour

This August, The Pharcyde, one of the most classic hip-hop acts of all time, will take part in their debut New Zealand tour, playing dates in Wanaka, Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

The Pharcyde

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.

For the majority of the subsequent decade, Bootie Brown and Imani have been busy with Bootie contributing an instant-classic verse on The Gorillaz’s  “Dirt Harry,” and Imani also issuing “Sagittarius 72,” a Japan-only collaboration with producer Spaceboyboogiex.

Today, The Pharcyde is still performing and touring the globe. They 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.

Tour Dates and Ticketing Details

Thu 16 Aug, Mint Bar, Wanaka

LA DE DA & DIRTY OL' KNIGHTS in association with CHOP SHOP and SLINGSHOT TOURING Present LA DE HIP HOP featuring THE PHARCYDE with local support

Tickets available online NOW via Dash Tickets.

Limited $45 + BF Earlybird tickets available, followed by $55.00 + BF General Release Tickets.

Fri 17 Aug, San Francisco Bath House, Wellington

LA DE DA & MAZDEF PRODUCTIONS presents LA DE HIP HOP WELLINGTON featuring THE PHARCYDE with local support

Tickets available online NOW via Dash Tickets or physically at Dash Tickets outlets Cosmic Corner, Rough Peel Music, Marbecks, Hutt Valley i-SITE Visitor Centre and Student Central Massey Wellington.

Limited $45.00 Earlybird Tickets available, followed by general admission tickets at a higher fee.

Sat 18 Aug, Studio, Auckland

FuZen Entertainment Presents....The Pharcyde: Sonic Global Logistics Tour - 20 Years of Dedicated Pharcyde Delivery - local support to be announced.

Tickets available online NOW via iTicket also available physically at Real Groovy and Conch Records. Limited $40 Early Bird tickets available, followed by $59 first release GA tickets.

Sun 19 Aug, Dux Live, Christchurch

LA DE DA & DIRTY OL' KNIGHTS in association with SLINGSHOT TOURING Present LA DE HIP HOP featuring THE PHARCYDE with local support.

Tickets available online NOW via Dash Tickets.

Limited $45.00 + BF Earlybird tickets available, followed by $55.00 General Release tickets.





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