The Pharcyde: 2oth anniversary celebration of Bizarre Ride II in Vancity [Review]
Vancouver, BC – Blueprint Live brought some old school 90’s flava as The Pharcyde hit up Venue Nightclub on an unexpectedly poppin’ Monday night. A colossal influence on the 90’s hip-hop scene The Pharcyde are on their 20th anniversary tour to celebrate their critically acclaimed album Bizarre Ride II. This album represents everything from West coast hip hop, non-gangsta rap to the wit and light-hearted humor The Pharcyde always seem to rep.
The show started with local talent A-Ro from Elekwent Folk, who got the early crowd jammin’ with tracks like “Wreck Beach Sunrise.” DJ Flipout got the audience flip-notized while setting the stage for a kickback to the 90’s with classics like Naughty by Nature’s “O.P.P.”
With the stage set in 90’stalgia, L.A. Jay stomped onstage to shred beats as the rest of The Pharcyde ignited into “Oh Shit.” Ending the song appropriately with visuals of a bare assed babe having shat herself. Before you could realize what happened K-Natural donned a wrestling mask while Fatlip rocked a screamo mask for “I’m That Type of N***a” and the whole crew showed the crowd their unique style of performance from the jump.
SlimKid3 sex-teased the crowd, taking girls iPhone’s, video-taping his crotch and dick-spinning the mic like a helicopter. Unlike most hip hop collectives, The Pharcyde made the crowd a part of the performance – at one point Natural-K even clowned, switching his cap for the fan’s Toronto Blue Jays hat. Aside from throwing down apocalyptic beats, L.A. Jay did the visual representation for the show with images like bone-crushing Godzilla crucifying buildings.
The Pharcyde crew was swagged out for the show with SlimKid3 reppin’ an angry birds toque and K-Natural throwing on a giant afro wig for the imfamous “Runnin’.” An ever-enthused fan passed SlimKid3 a joint to which he responded “but I’m at work” and then passed the joint to Jay Sw!ft who puff-puff and passed it back to the ballistic fan. SlimKid3 then laid down on the stage seducing the audience while K-Natural asked the crowd “do you smoke that milky weed?” and firing into “Officer.”
The Pharcyde had a babe filled audience at Venue; clearly the 90’s hip-hop scene never gets old because even new school kids are trying to cop dat. SlimKid3 saluted these chickas saying “mang there are a lot of ladies in the crowd, hip hop has come a looooong way!” Natural-K then asked the crowd to “feel the music. Become one with it” for “Passing Me By.” Then the crew got into a team huddle before exploding into “Pack The Pipe.” The Pharcyde left the stage for a Katt Williams Pimp Chronicles skit blazing the crowd into a hazy hashed-out fog. Jumping back onstage The Pharcyde announced, “Vancity is lit on FIRE! The roof is on fire!” to which the crowd responded “ Let the motherfucker burn! Burn motherfucker burn!”
Ending the concert with “Return of the B-Boy” FatLip and K-Natural honored the song name with a dance battle while SlimKid3 joined in, grabbing a record from the audience and head-spinning on it. It seems the legacy ensues and The Pharcyde continue to stay relevant in the revolving door of hip hop.
Written by Nicola Storey for HipHopCanada @shortStorey
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada @jsandsphoto