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Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

The Pharcyde

1992

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

Album Summary

Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is the debut album by American hip hop collective The Pharcyde, released on November 24, 1992 through the Delicious Vinyl and EastWest labels. The album was produced by former group member J-Swift, and features only one guest appearance, provided by little-known Los Angeles rapper Bucwheed (known then as "Buckwheat" from The Wascals). In the years after its release, Bizarre Ride has been hailed by music critics and alternative hip hop fans, as a classic hip hop album along with Souls of Mischief's 93 'til Infinity, and has appeared in numerous publications' "best albums" lists.Released during the dominant Gangsta rap era of West Coast hip hop, Bizarre Ride was described as "refreshing" due to its playful, light-hearted humor and lush, jazzy production. Along with albums such as To Whom It May Concern... by Freestyle Fellowship, and I Wish My Brother George Was Here by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Bizarre Ride helped establish a new alternative scene on the West Coast, followed by artists such as Hieroglyphics, The Coup and Jurassic 5. Despite its wide critical acclaim, the album produced only moderate sales, peaking at No. 75 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1993. However, on the strength of the second single, "Passin' Me By", the album was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 28, 1996.

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Rating

3.13

Votes

4745

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Lots of albums take themselves too seriously; this is the first time I’ve heard one not take itself seriously enough. Undeniably fun, don’t get me wrong. But it feels like the musical equivalent of a guy that is easily talented enough to get into the NBA, but instead uses his gifts exclusively to throw suction-cup dildos into increasingly bizarre, high up, and hard to reach places.

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The cover shot of a Fat Albert-ized Pharcyde roller coastering their way into a funhouse makes perfect sense, as the L.A.-based quartet introduced listeners to an uproarious vision of earthy hip-hop informed by P-Funk silliness and an everybody-on-the-mike street-corner atmosphere that highlights the incredible rapping skills of each member. With multiple voices freestyling over hilarious story-songs like "Oh Shit!," "Soul Flower," the dozens contest "Ya Mama," and even a half-serious driving-while-black critique named "Officer," Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde proved Daisy Age philosophy akin to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest wasn't purely an East Coast phenomenon. Skits and interludes with live backing (usually just drums and piano) only enhance the freeform nature of the proceedings, and the group even succeeds when not reliant on humor, as proved by the excellent heartbreak tale "Passin' Me By." The production, by J-Sw!ft and the group, is easily some of the tightest and most inventive of any hip-hop record of the era. Though Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde could have used a few more musical hooks to draw in listeners before they begin to appreciate the amazing rapping and gifted productions, the lack of compromise reveals far greater rewards down the line.

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This was a weird one. I can definitely see how a high schooler in 1992 would have loved this album. It's absurd, irreverent, immature, and high energy. Musically, I enjoyed this. The group has a DJ but a lot of the drums sure sounded live and originally recorded for this album, but I can't be sure. Overall the beats were a big plus for me. The album is a product of its time, however. We get an entire verse centered around transphobia ala Charlie Daniels's Uneasy Rider '88, and we get jokes about the MC's sexually assaulting women. I'm not going to clutch my pearls and pretend that I never engage in or enjoy edgy humor, but I guess those lines just left me cringing more than laughing. As for importance, this is a debut album released in the golden age of hip hop that has a unique feel, so to me it makes sense to see it on this list. My personal enjoyment: 2.5/5 Did it belong on this list: 4/5

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5

One of the cornerstone west-coast hip-hop acts of the 90s, Pharcyde is just one of those bands that you know if you're into hip-hop. They offered a completely different take on the genre with their lighthearted (at times straight-up goofy) lyrics in a time when the genre was already starting to take itself too seriously. I always liked the bands that they inspired more than I did them but the elements that contributed to my love for Jurassic5, Digable Planets, and Blackstar are all here. It's just damn fun. That said, "Officer" stands out in sharp contrast as a track for back then but also RIGHT NOW. It's NOT funny. It's a legit converastion piece about racial profiling and feels very contemporary.

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Not for me. Wannabe beastie boys.

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5

I forgot how funny this record is. There’s a ton of skits but the lyrics are really meant to be offensive and hilarious. Obviously has that jazz rap, boom nap production which is right up my alley. Do I prefer this over Tribe? Probably not. But does it rank as one of the best jazz rap records ever made. Most certainly. Favorite song(s): I’m That Type of Ni**a and Passin’ Me By Least favorite song: Pack the Pipe

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5

An antidote to the typical LA gangster rap of the era (the Pharcyde hail from South Central LA), ‘Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde’ is gloriously absurd and ridiculous, juvenile but not silly, and a lot of fun. In another rare feat, there’s not a duff beat or groove to be found anywhere and so the album never drags. It stays jazzy and funky, resulting in one of rap/hip-hops greatest hits. Still as good today as it was in 92’.

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4

Another really cool album. It's certainly a departure from what was popular in hip-hop at the time. Some aspects of the album sound dated, but overall the production is really good. Lots of fun songs 4/5

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I was going to say this reminds me of the group Gravediggaz, before I realized this Pharcyde album was released a good 4 years earlier. This came from the west coast, though it feels closer to the east coast rap I'm most familiar with. The interplay is pretty awesome, and the beats sound fresh for an album so old. I was reading that the Pharcyde began touring with A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul after this album was released. I cannot imagine how fucking great that show would have been. This album was a good thing to hear on a sunday morning.

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Ya Mama's musical taste is so bad she played Dwight Yoakam backwards through a hairdryer and still liked it

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It reminds me of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This is some classic early 90s hip-hop/rap. I like the instrumentals in most of these songs. I can definitely appreciate this type of music but would probably never listen to this album again.

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Ooof. This is bad. And not bad meaning good but bad meaning bad. Passin Me By was absolutely lightning in a bottle and that along with some ok beats can salvage a 2. Lyrically it's terrible, sophomoric, and misogynistic and I would say it didn't hold up well but I don't think it was much good to begin with.

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This is old rap with a basic beat and someone rapping over it without anything extra really.

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5

Classic. The west side branch of native tongues imo

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5

Hell yeah

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5

false

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5

Fuck yeah, this was cool! Genuinely funny parts, like the yo momma track, or the remix track (definitely wasn't paying attention to song names on this one). Glad I was already in the mood for this after listening to Jurassic 5 tho.

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5

Classic and unique hip hop.

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5

Enjoyed it

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5

Ok

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5

Wow- this album was fucking awesome. Just loved it.

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5

Zaczynam coraz bardziej podejrzewac, ze moja lista sie zepsula, bo juz prawie od tygodnia wrzuca ultra klasyczne albumiki w swoich respektowanych gatunkach, a tym razem dodatkowo trafilo na murzynskie gransko rodem z zachodniego wybrzeza od Pharacydow, debiutancki albumik 4 osobowego skladu, ktory narobil sporego zamieszania na scenie rapowej, historia pod tytulem jak w dwoch albumach uzyskac status klasyka i zniknac ze sceny bez dealu na reszte zycia, wystepuja konflikty w bandzie, niezbyt honorowe wytwornie oraz puszowanie ilosci ponad jakosc, ale co do samej bizzarnej przejazdzki tu, przed powstaniem pharacyda jako grupy rapersowej chlopaki byly w zespole dancingowym, wiec jako bi boje dancowali do rapersowanych rytmow co czuc w ogolnym vibie plyty, jak i dobitniej na trakach takich jak return of the b boi, o sile albumiku stanowi przedweszystkim dostawa jaka prezentuja chlopaki, wchodzenie sobie na zwrotki, wspolne hookowanie, klimaty de la soulowe, jesli mialbym zgadywac dlaczego bizzarna rajda, to nazwa odnosi sie do lirycznego kontentu jaki mozna tu wygrzebac, nie jest to koncept album, nie ma motywu przewodniego, intro instrumentalno skitowe, oh shit bragowanie, oczywiscie z jajem, kolejny instrumentalne wprowadzenie do opowiesci o pieknej milosci, stalkowaniu, o tym na ile sposobow mozna poskladac swoja milosc w bagazniku, a to wszystko na jazzowym funkowym sampelu, zwrotka fat lipa tutaj to majstersztyk jesli chodzi o zabawe z laczeniem problemow kwesti milosnej z problemami komunity, zreszta w kazdym traku znajdzie sie podwojne dno, w kawalku zatytuowanym officer bylo ono az tak glebokie, ze nie jest on dostepny na spotifaju, a zaraz obok oficera pojawia sie wyzywanie pod tytulem twoja stara, ktora jak tytul sugeruje zawiera wyzywanie wzajemnie wyzywanie matek przez wszystkich czlonkow bandy, nie moglo zabraknac takze czegos dzieki czemu material sie sprzedal komercyjnie, jak dla mnie sa to dwa radio przyjazne traki o dosc jednostronnej milosci czyli passin me by i otha fish, jak pisalem wczesniej sameplki sa mocno jazzowe i bardzo jakosciowo zmontowane, jesli chodzi o nastepowanie po siebie trakow i ich ciaglosc, pojawiaja sie nawet takie ficzury jak skity przed b sidem, dla wygody sluchania na kasetkach czy vinylach, na plejke moglbym wrzucic polowe albumiku, bo druga polowa to skity, ale juz on tam prawdopodbnie sie znajduje, chociaz jak sluchac takich klasykow, to tylko od poczatku do konca, inaczej sie nie da

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5

Still great

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5

Fuck yeah! I knew I had skills for picking winners. Bought this in '92 and couldn't stop playing it...even when other classmates said it was garbage....I was like...you're garbage. Boom...roasted. 5 stars.

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5

A complete blast. The instrumentals are sweet and the verses are fun and memorable!

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5

Album Rank: 1. Passin’ Me By 2. On The DL 3. Otha Fish 4. 4 Better Or 4 Worse 5. Return of the B-Boy 6. I’m That Type of Nigga 7. Soul Flower - Remix 8. Pack The Pipe 9. Ya Mama 10. Officer 11. Oh Shit 12. If I Were President (Skit) 13. Pack The Pipe (Interlude) 14. 4 Better Of 4 Worse (Interlude) 15. It’s Jiggaboo Time (Skit) 16. Quinton’s On The Way (Skit)

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5

Amazing Album, enjoyed a lot of the songs, not a huge fan of the weird skits in between but the songs themselves are all great, and Passing Me By is by far my most favourite song, as I remember it from Aggressive Inline on the PS2.

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5

Fun album. Passing me by is a fantastic song.

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5

Hot tub party music

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5

Aw shit

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5

Great overall album, funny, lyrically impressive, great instrumental and solid rapping. I like basically every song

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5

Talk about an album that has a huge nostalgia factor for me. "Oh Shit" is like the first rap song that I really liked since it was in some Saints Row game that I played when I was young. It felt so taboo because it's incredibly explicit for a kid to be listening to, but I had only really been listening to mainstream pop, classic rock, and heavy metal up until this point. I'm really glad it's on this list, because this album had kind of slipped my mind for too many years. I seriously doubt that other people will hold this as the quintessential rap album of the 90s, but for me it's hard to think of anything that I love more than this one. Maybe Low End Theory, but I feel like I'm leaning Pharcyde. It takes the shit out of a more pretentious side of rap while also being able to provide commentary on political/social issues, and have incredible storytelling. The skits are incredible, and the way the album is structured is incredibly theatrical which just adds to how much I love it even more. The group dynamic is amazing, and I don't think I can put into words the praise that I want to give this album. I also realize this review is just kind of me rambling about this album, and I can feel my friends just saying "who asked", but I hope you can enjoy this album as much as I enjoy it (or more!). Highlights: all of them. They're all amazing.

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5

1992 - Hip Hop

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5

Best album on here so far. Music still holds up in 2021. One of the most underrated rap groups of the genre.

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5

Great. Fun compared to contemporaries but with substantive lyrics. Oh Shit favorite track.

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5

A bangin bop.

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5

Heard it. Loved it.

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5

I really enjoyed this, had some great beats and was funny and inventive.

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5

very cool

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5

A good time

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5

Really cool hip hop album with jazz influences on the demos.

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5

One of my favorite hip-hop albums. Lines are silly and fun. Tons of enthusiasm and energy. Huge fan of the jazzy instrumentation, tight production, and spontaneous samples. Plenty of catchy bangers, but even the less interesting tracks were made up by their humor. All this makes for a very accessible album, even the skits were melodic and nicely bridged the tracks.

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5

Entertaining album from The Pharcyde - classic status, had certainly expected it on the list.

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5

Love every minute of it. Amazing samples.

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5

Ha ha ha YES! I never thought this would come up but too fucking right. So many memories, great great memories of late night card games in smoky rooms with cheap spirits. But tell me this. How fat is she?!

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4

its decent and lyrically original compared to many other album from its era and more modern

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4

Hype bboy

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4

Feeeeeet

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4

gewoon nice 90's hiphop maar niet baanbrekend in mijn ogen 3.5/5 stars

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4

Fun album! enjoyed listening to it

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4

Very dope album. Am known with the pharcyde but didn't know this specific album

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4

4.5/5. Brainy, energetic 90s hip hop rap over jazz tracks. Play 'Oh Shit,' 'Soul Flower,' or 'Passin Me By' to seem hip at dinner parties. Delightfully explicit. 'Ya Mama' is a must listen.

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4

A good album. Labcabin is so much better for me so have to give a 4

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4

Love this one, Pharcyde was one of the groups I’d say responsible for my love of hip hop

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4

3.5/5. Had some really fun tracks, but also had some I wasn’t totally into

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4

13/1/21

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4

👍 great album 8/10

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4

Dope

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4

Quality 90s hip hop, smooth beats, nice flows, not a classic in my mind, probably not their best album even, but still a good listen.

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4

I don't listen to much rap, and I really don't listen to much classic rap at all. This was a fun album though. I recognized and liked passin me by.

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4

polished jazzy hip hop. Good addition to Roots album, loving this type of sound recently

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4

Iconic 90s hip hop, dope beats very good listen 4.2

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4

Excellent album de classique rap, vulgaire à souhait, juste des bangers

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4

Man, I haven't listened to this since college. "Pack the Pipe" is an underrated track

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4

This sounds like a nice bridge between early 90's fun rap and mid 90's gangsta rap. I liked it.

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4

NO es mi estilo, pero interesante refrescar el hip-hop de los principios. ¿Solo a mi me viene a la mente el Principe de Bel Air

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4

Otha fish Passin me by good songs

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4

Funny

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4

This is a jam. I see their name a lot, but I don't think I could name a song. Standouts: soul flower. I will put this album on again. Seems like a grower.

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4

Excelente, principalmente pra ouvir quando cansado do que ouço.

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4

Diese Platte ist der Quellcode für jede Platte von Fettes Brot, den Samwer-Brüdern des Deutschraps.

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4

Non-stop party album that blends authenticity of street life with goofs on smoking weed, ragging on homies and other characters in the hood. Flowing rhymes, sharp wit, fun beats, hilarious lyrics ("Ya Mama"). A refreshing counterpoint to the gangsta rap of the early 90s.

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4

This album really stands out as an original, creative masterpiece. I could do without songs like Oh Sh**, but that's what the skip button is for.

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4

It's just really good fun innit. Cartoonish, body popping, Richard Pryor sampling good fun.

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4

they sound like will smith

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4

Not my cup of tea (este tipo de música) pero no está mal

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4

Awesome beats on this album. Some lines nowadays are quite cheesy, however, they represent hip-hop roots.

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4

Was very close to giving this a 5 but I haven't for round to the last few tracks. Never heard of them before but this is lit, or fire, or whatever kids say to hype shit up.

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4

A very good album. Crept up from a 5/10 to 8/10 on repeat listens. Shit and Jiggaboo are hilarious - I'm going to be saying "Oh Shit!" for the rest of my life now. 4 better or 4 worse has a smooth backbeat and does an odd turn halfway through where the song basically goes full Insane Clown Posse. I'm that type of Nigga is just a classically good hip hop intro track. They should have made it the opening track to the album. Soul Flower is a fun and bouncy jam - whoever the female rapper is kills it! On the DL has a hilarious skit in the middle about jacking off on the DL. unforgettable. I knew the album was something special when "Officer" had Flavor Flav as a guest and when they said "I got a letter from the DMV the other day" I busted up because I knew what they were doing. It's a play on public enemies "Black Steel in the hour of Chaos." That's genius! It is an innocent song and might be my favorite on the album. Yo mama is the low point of the album. Doesn't age well. Otha Fish and pack the pipe are forgettable, but pack the pipe does have a part when they get a kid high. It is controversial and interesting for sure. Passing me by is what this album is remembered for and it deserves that. It is an awesome song. Relatable, catchy, and ahead of its time. I found it interesting that they used the word "symp" 30 years before it was common. Excellent vocals in that chorus - stressing the word "passing," you can feel some pain. It would have been easy to mess that up. 8/10!!

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4

bah c'est super 4

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4

got some funny story lyrics yeah enjoyed listening to this very very much. also bonus points its jazz hip hop

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4

absolutely loved this album! the rapping, production, lyrics, everything about it is so unique and interesting. thanks guys for the suggestion!

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4

really 90s in the best way really good

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4

Really fun album, the group dynamic worked well. I think it was kind of what I expect from an early 90s hip hop album. Felt a bit too unpolished though.

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4

The debut by The Pharcyde is an insanely infectious good time. The group sounds like they are just having so much fun crafting and constructing their flows amongst the generally bare bones, upbeat and jazzy production. The beats are good, do the work they need to but isn't anything groundbreaking and honestly is probably the only thing holding this back from a 5/5. It's a great album because you can distinctly feel the good time vibes and you feel like you are right there along for the ride, and the ride is a joy.

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4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: I'm that type of nigga, Soul flower, Passin' me by

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4

Classic party rap from my younger dayz. If you don't like this, you're just not cool, sorry.

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4

Old school hip hop. Dig it. Remember these tunes from Tonk Hawk Pro Skater

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4

In a time that Gangsta Rap and the East Coast / West Coast rivalry was ruling the airwaves, Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is a modern hip hop album in a classic style.

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4

Itselle uusi tuttavuus. Oli pakko kuunnella kahdesti kun oli hyvä meno musassa. 3,5*

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4

Clever and inventive.

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4

The kind of a manic, funny, and catchy hip hop album that I’d expect from the early 90s classic Nickelodeon cartoon era album. I don’t know why, but when I hear this album all I can think about is that it exudes Ren and Stempy energy. Definitely should be called a “classic”- if you’re a native tongues fan on the east coast, then this is the west coast’s response to tribe, jungle brothers, and de la soul. If you like them, I can’t recommend this album more.

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4

the antidote to gangster rap. creative, fun, no misogyny. what's not to like?

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4

90s rap is so comforting

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4

Good bit of old skool rap. 4

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4

Good hip hop with a nice sound

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4

Gloomy and at the same time very cheerful album. The jazz elements are well done. Very good for an early 90s hip hop album. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: I'm That Type of Nigga, Passin' Me By,

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4

American, 90s, Hip-hop + Jazzy, happy, funny = Male - {5/16} [4/5]

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4

If you're looking for an easy intro to hip-hop, look no further than Bizarre Ride II from Pharcyde. This album represents the perfect transitional record between old school and new hip-hop. Eminem had to be looking at this thinking, that's my roadmap to success. Oh Shit is amazing! Definitely glad to have heard that one! I'll be referencing it for years! Obviously some of this album is meant to examine both humor but also racial inequality in the style of hip hop, which both wants to exclude and include me as a white man, who clearly can NOT sing along. But it's their humor that keeps everyone on board and it's brilliant to make a record like this. The beats are amazing too. There's a Jazz under current and references to Thelonious Monk. There's some real weird stuff in here, but it's captivating. At the end of the day, it's innovative, compelling, funny, and like I said, a great intro to the genre!

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4

Fun kind of rap

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4

This was a cool one. I've been recommended this one before but never got around to it. Definitely a worthy consideration as a hip-hop classic, though I don't see much mention of Pharcyde in those conversations. Plenty of great beats and hooks, including a few that I recognized as samples. Great humor and energy. The skits bogged this down a bit; that's a complaint I'd have about a lot of classic rap albums. But it's still a great ride. Favorite tracks: Oh Shit, Passin' Me By, 4 Better of 4 Worse, Soul Flower Remix. Album art: Love the art style here. The characters a bit unsettling, and they're riding a coaster into what appears to be a....uh...Georgia O'Keeffe painting with teeth. I like this a lot. 4/5

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4

Good early 90s hip hop and the skits were not as annoying as some later albums

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4

3/10

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4

svängigt så in i helvete ju!

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4

Dank dark and delicious. Not drawn to hip-hop but this was great. Gotta go with the lyrical flow!

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4

solido hip hop old style, testi che strappano risate

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4

Good stuff ;)

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4

Du sacre bon rap poriginale avec de bon flows et de bon producer. Un classique westcoast 4.25

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4

Smooth sample which I liked

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4

Plenty of laughs and cool grooves on this album. Favorite tracks: Oh Shit (really catchy), Officer, Ya Mama, Passin' Me By, and Otha Fish (really cool groove). It was a fun album - definitely pretty inappropriate, but I've certainly heard worse.

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4

pretty good alt-rap, especially considering how heavy gangsta was at the time. 3.5 rounnding up for me.

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4

not bad, It sounds great

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4

Love the beats and groove. Dislike the vulgarity.

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4

Hresst og skemmtilegt old school hiphop. Nýttist vel sem tiltektar tónlist.

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4

Not sure how, as a hip hop fan, i had never heard this before. Love the sound, some of the lyrics have aged, but i love how much fun it sounds like they were having.

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4

Enjoyable hip-hop, takes me back!

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4

Я вот слышал недавно альбом, то же репово-джазовый. Так вот этот круче.

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4

Nice to hear Passin' Me By on here. Never knew who that was by. A generally chill west-coast vibes type album. 4.5

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4

A fizzing little cracker of groovy backing tunes with lovely effing and jeffing rap on top. I’ll take it, thanks.

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4

So much skill and silliness, but the replay value is a bit limited for me. Best track: Passin' Me By

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4

Really enjoyed this, even if the musical hooks aren't quite there to push it into the stratosphere. Great MCing, especially on the more humorous tracks. In terms of texture it doesn't feel a million miles from Souls of Mischief.

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4

Classic soul and funk samples over a weird variety of topics such as fisting, shooting someone in the ass, forgetting your driving licence, being discombobulated, trying to be a stereotypical hip-hop artist and failing for a music video... If you want to get weird to hip-hop this is the album for you. Best Tracks: Oh Shit; Officer; Passin' Me By

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4

Like it, lyrics are weird though and very graphic

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Классный хип-хоп из ЛА 1992 года. Первый и, ставший золотым, альбом.

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Amazing

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I really liked this, really fun production and verses overall 8/10

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Pretty cool album - a bit too adolescent at times but groovy and interesting and modern

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This is a bizarre album and a lot of fun. Definitely less series than the popular gangsta rap at the time. Everyone on the album sounds like they're having fun. It is more similar to De La Soul with a more jazzy and funky backdrop. Great production and sampling. Notable samples from Richard Pryor, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. Four emcees/rappers who rap separately or as a group. Some of these songs definitely go for comedy, singing about how fat your Momma is. One area it does suffer from, which appears to be a common theme in the CD Era, is its length at 56 minutes. Though, it does not drag.

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Hip-hop con ramalazos de jazz. Está bien. Un 4.

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Quite fun, though a bit long. 8/10

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7/10 really ridiculous and absurd, but overall it had nice flows and beats.

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first listen what a bucket of bouncy fun, much like tribe called quest

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Being Tribe Called Quest us my favorite band, of course a vibey, feel good early 90s hip hop album is going to rank high for me. I love the bouncy but melodic sound of old school hip hop. Oh Shit is great and Passin' Me By is an all-timer. I don't think I've ever listened to this whole album before...

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Very close to 5 star

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Really classic hip hop... love it!

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passing me by is proper bang on

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Старый добрый рэп эпохи динозавров, который вышел ещё до большинства главных релизов олдскула и он.. качает! Типичному новому страшному рэпу, под который можно разве что грустить под свой веги-смузи это не светит. В большинстве случаев, это утраченный навык. 7 из 10.

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I really enjoyed the backing tracks and the rapping on this album. It's got a good enjoyable sound, but I'm not sure I agree with Wikipedia that the lyrics are just "playful" and "wacky," even for 1992. Yeesh.

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actually really fun

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ja

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Love this early 90s (and beyond) alt hip-hop. Want rate it highly, but if PE’s Apocalypse is a five star, this is a 4. Really good, but there are still greater heights in this genre.

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It's a great hop hop album. While a lot of early 90s stuff leant into the gangsta trend, this stays in the late 80s fun hip hop stylings, but with updated beats and lyricism. And the lyricism is incredibly tight - from fun stuff like Ya Mama and Oh Shit (though there is a very 'of it's time' verse) to more moving stuff like all time classic Passin Me By, there's barely a verse on here that won't make you smile. It runs a bit long but when it's good it's really good.

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Jag uppskattade detta mycket! Är ju extremt svag för east coast-hip hop från nittiotalet, och detta var inte ett undantag. Mmm.

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Cool drums Just 90-s, classic hip-hop; not sound of present; but great rare sound Prostite Za moy russkiy

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Это Витя, это Витя, это Витя и Максим!

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The album was fun. The beats were old school hip hop and the lyrics were funny and made me laugh. The album is about an hour long, but I did not skip any songs. It is not quite a 4 but I will round up.

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I can immediately see why this album is viewed with the reverence that it is. The jazz inflected occasionally hazy beats form the backdrop for energetic and innovative bars. The insults on this album are some of the best I’ve heard. This album oscillates between dated new school beats and beats that predict trip hop and jazz influenced hip hop. This album suffers from its own indulgence in parts, and ultimately ends up bloated. Some strategic cutting would have yielded a perfect album.

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Classic. Goofier overall than labcabincalifornia

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Definitely dated, but still wild and warped to perfectly convey their style

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One of the more solid early 90s hip hop records with a mix of tribe called quest production and vocals that don't take themselves too seriously. Favorites: "Oh Shit", "Passin' Me By", "Otha Fish"

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Un album incontournable du Hip Hop des années 90. La pièce Passin' Me By est la plus remarquable de cet album. On la retrouve dans beaucoup de playlists de cette époque. J'aime beaucoup la production avec la construction des beats à partir de pièces jazz. On est quelque part entre Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest et De La Soul. Le côté festif de cet album est très contagieux. J'aime beaucoup.

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I liked this a lot. It’s quintessential 90s hip-hop.

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classic chill vibes

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Pretty excellent beats and lyrics, killer golden age of hip-hop record.

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The Pharcyde make their mark upon hip-hop with this aptly titled album, taking strange twists and turns through subjects and soundscapes that serve as a calm before the storm that would soon infiltrate the genre for the next couple of years. Favorites: Oh Shit, It's Jiggaboo Time, 4 Better or 4 Worse, Soul Flower, Officer, Ya Mama, Passin' Me By, Otha Fish, Return of the B-Boy.

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Funny and melodic raps!

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Liked it.

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Likely to be one of the funniest albums on the list, The Pharcyde evoke an earlier era of hip hop where a posse of rappers swap verses and lines. What is also striking is the guys are not interested in braggadocio and fronting as so many rappers are - The Pharcyde play up to a goofy, outside image and rap about whatever they want. The production is excellent throughout and there are some great and off beat beats and samples. Overall a superb and entertaining effort.

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I love the music - it's really funky old school rap. And the rap is pretty good as well. However - a personal pet peeve of mine is albums that have actual filler on them - comedy tracks, tongue in cheek tracks, and the worst offenders of them all - SKITS and INTERLUDES. I'm never going to relisten to these stupid things - so they are literally a waste of time. And SKITS and INTERLUDES seem to have found a home on pretty much all rap albums. Just stop it. Outside of this - I like this album - it's pretty good.

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This shit slaps

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Never heard them before - liked it

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Quite a fun album. Much better than most of the formative rap that has been included so far. Solid 4/5

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Prefs: Oh Shit, I'm That Type of Nigga, Soul Flower, Officer, Ya Mama, Otha Fish, Pack The Pipe, Return of the B-Boy Moins pref: 4 Better or 4 Worse

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Loved the beats and the flow but playing it in the office was a bit of an issue.

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Dæma skal ei plötu eftir umslaginu. Það á sannarlega við hér. Ég bjóst við einhverju aaaaaaaaaaaaaallt öðru þegar ég horfði á myndina. En svo var þetta bara nokkuð skemmtileg plata, early 90s hip hop/rapp/drum'n'bass. Já já. Hefði alveg dansað í drasl við þetta í gamla daga.

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Got better along the listen.... not bad!

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This must be hip hop, going by the cover? I've never heard of it though, and I thought I at least knew OF most bigger albums from the time. Ok so far this is pretty good, fairly upbeat and has that old school beat style. will never listen again, but this was fun as a once-off. 3/5.

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Passing me by is a generational mood and classic, for that it gets two stars alone, every other track is more or less wack

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Just some friends having fun in the studio. Beats are pretty comfy, too. What's not to like?

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Recognized some songs, good to put a title to em

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From album cover easter egg (vagina) to catchy 90s beats, this is a good all around.

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90s rap album. great backing tracks as usual, smooth flow between tracks

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Good fun, with all the typical problematic elements.

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Thank God I've matured some since 1992...

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Never heard of it before. Songs not familiar. Definitely enjoyable but not my jam on a whole.

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I feel like elevator music and 90s rap had a child with this.

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Really well written and solid music. Best: Otha Fish, Worst: the Skits. The overall silliness is a bit too much... they think they are too funny, but you can certainly say it is very well put together.

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I liked "Oh Shit", but didn't go much farther tbh

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Pretty good tongue in cheek hip hop

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I enjoyed a handful of songs but listening to them one after the other is quite tiresome (full disclaimer: not my fav genre)

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This is classic "I went to the hat store and bought myself a hat!"-style 90's rap, but it's FILTHY. Overall it's a lot of fun, but it runs a little long in the tooth.

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Cool

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jazzy hip hop

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Lighthearted early 90s rap but explicit. It's not bad at all. Passin' Me By is the most popular song by far. 6/10.

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I don't listen to a whole lot of hip hop, but thoroughly enjoyed this.

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hip hop that sounds like digital underground - i liked it but not sure i would seek it out

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1:1 geklaut bei „Auf einem Auge blöd“ von Fettes Brot, haha

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5

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3/5

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Never heard of this group. Will probably never listen to them again but was nice for a Thursday afternoon.

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Ok

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Kinda out there but a fun listen

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Enjoyable. Brought me back to the nineties. Didn't totally vibe with it, but that could easily change.

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I like the vibes - pretty token, worthless review especially since I didn't really give it full attention :/

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Letkeää hip-hop musaa, vähän sellaisella funkilla saundilla. Taisi tuossa vähän gangsterimenoakin olla, mutta ei tuntunut mitenkään turhan raskaalta tai synkältä. Kivaa taustamusaa, mutta en ehkä ihan asioikseni kuuntelisi levyä toistuvasti.

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A few good songs

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Hauskaa jazzahtavaa räpäytystä. Levy jäi kesken perjantaina ja jatkoin kuuntelua nyt maanantaina. Silloin aluksi ei herättynyt mitään sen suurempia tunteita, mutta näin maanantaina viikon startiksi lähti aivan eri tavalla.

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Started strong, a lot of stuff to like. It got a little grating after a while, but still enjoyable. I like the jazzy backings

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Good rap album, a little dark and vulgar with a few too many skits for me

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Clásico del hip hip old school, con mucho soul, funky e incluso algo de jazz en sus bases. No aburre ni cansa y se escucha bien si sabes a lo que vas.

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