Nov. 14th (2015) marked the 20th anniversary since the release of The Pharcyde‘s sophomore LP, LabcabinCalifornia, the thorough follow-up to their classic debut Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.
The psychedelic production was provided by Jay Dee/J Dilla, Fatlip, Slimkid3, Bootie Brown and more – although the majority of the boardwork was handled by the former. The critically acclaimed LP pushed out heavy singles which included “Drop,” “Runnin’,” “She Said,” and even the head-trip titled “Splattitorium.”
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Brooklyn’s DJ Spinna – in collaboration with Bootie Brown, Imani, Slimkid3 & Fatlip – curated this tribute mix titled #BeamMeUpSpinna.
The Pharcyde is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their iconic album Labcabincalifornia by releasing a commemorative mixtape. In a collaborative effort, the #BeamMeUpSpinna mixtape is mixed by NYC’s DJ Spinna and features “Nasty Habits,” an unreleased joint from the vault that features Ralph Tresvant & Bobby Brown. We also asked a group of producers to remix and add their own personal spin on a few of the Labcabincalifornia songs that you all know and love.
DJ Mike Relm re-works a mash up of “Drop,” SBBX remixes “Groupie Therapy,” Moka Only drops his version of “Y,” Ta R’aach teams up with Bootie Brown to co-produce “Devil Music, The Devils Kitchen Remix,” and The Pharcyde’s own Bootie Brown remixes “Runnin'”.
DJ Spinna is a heavily touted presence in the international soulful house music scene. He is known for his vast accomplishments as a producer, is celebrated for his Soul Slam events and Stevie Wonder inspired WONDER-Full DJ performances and subsequent collaborations.
The Pharcyde’s sophomore album LabcabinCalifornia was originally released on November 14th, 1995. The group enlisted a young and then unknown James Yancey aka J Dilla to produce beats, like the cult classic “Runnin.” They also collaborated with director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich adaptation) on the video for “Drop.” Labcabincalifornia has consistently and continues to reinforce their steadfast refusal to tread familiar artistic grounds.