Every musician alive can name at least a couple albums that genuinely impacted them, whether they were direct influences on their own work or just sources of pure nostalgia; we all have some of THOSE albums. Some of those albums that will forever be dope to us, maybe because of the place and time we were in when we first heard them, or maybe because they’re just THAT important, that seminal, that damn good. LA-based hip-hop legends The Pharcyde’s debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is one of those albums for me. When I heard that former members Fatlip and SlimKid3 would be performing the album in full at Coda in Center City, I already knew I had to go.
On the way to the venue, I wound up randomly sharing an Uber with my friend Slaughter Rico, a Philly rap legend. He was performing in the opening set alongside the rest of the Sensi Starr collective, a crew that’s been making a lot of noise in the tri-state underground hip-hop scene. Luckily, we made it to Coda right on time for him to hop on stage with his squad. Continue reading →