The Pharcyde “Phriday Phun Pack #12”

And just like that, it’s already been 12 weeks and time to wrap this series up. Along the way I’ve learned a few things. One, I always thought Slim Kid Tre and Fatlip were my favorite members. And maybe they were from the Bizarre Ride time period. But though this process I have certainly gained an incredible appreciation for Booty Brown and Imani. Two, I just have to accept that Bizzare Ride came along at just the right point in my life. No matter how badly I want a reunion or some new recording sessions to happen, Bizzare Ride will never be duplicated. Three, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Four guys, four different styles, one incredible group. Plus tons of incredible producers! J-Sw!ft, LA JAY, Jay Dee and Buckwild just to name a few. And let’s not forget Quinton. He’s on his way with another J. And everything’s ok.

Here’s the final breakdown. A dope Nu-Mark remix that popped up as a b-side during the RMXXOLOGY release. Was it just not submitted in time to make the album cut? Second, I picked up this beautiful instrumental in 2006 but only recently found out that it got the full remix treatment with vocals. In the #3 position is a real treat. The “Soul Flower (Bare Bones Edit)” track is a far-from-polished project that will never be finished. Originally planned as a five song series to go with the recent “Singles Collection” box set, this remix of sorts was built using the original multitrack and it never made it past the concept stage. It was created by breaking down the beat from its dense layers into separate parts, using only one section at a time (hence the ‘bare bones’ nickname). Nothing new was added except for a few echo filters, but the powers that be weren’t feeling the idea so it got scrapped before the other four edits were begun. Next is some more Spaceboy Boogie X who has made a few appearances throughout this series. And the last track is a Mick Boogie special. From what I can remember, it was a mash-up he did after working on the promo mix for Peter Bjorn and John. And unusual pairing that he more than pulls off.

Phriday Phun Pack #12
01 The Pharcyde-4 Better Or 4 Worse (DJ Nu-Mark Remix) (2008)
02 Visioneers feat. The Pharcyde-Runnin’ (Visioneers Remix) (2007)
03 The Pharcyde-Soul Flower (Bare Bones Edit) (2011)
04 Spaceboy Boogie X feat. Booty Brown-Back & Forth (2008)
05 The Pharcyde & Peter Bjorn and John-Nothing To Pass By (Mick Boogie Mix) (2009)


And who knows, if I find more quality material down the road I’d be happy to put some more packs together.


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