Now In My Younger Days

I’ve posted this song before, way back in 2010 when this blog was still in short trousers and had a mucky face, and I’ll go as far (phar?) as to say that it’s my favourite hip hop single of the 1990s. I think. The Pharcyde were from South Central Los Angeles and on this 1993 single all four MCs take a verse each to bemoan their lack of success with schoolboy crushes. We’ve all been there. The crackle of vinyl, the samples from Quincy Jones, Weather Report and Jimi Hendrix, the self deprecating humour and the flow of the words, all add up to what is much more than the sum of its parts.

Passin’ Me By

I Guess A Twinkle In Her Eye Is Just A Twinkle In Her Eye

In a deft step to the side, Bagging Area presents some hip hop from 1993- The Pharcyde’s Passing Me By. 1993 was fairly close to when I stopped listening to hip hop. The Pharcyde, a Californian four piece, using self-deprecating humour, rapping about wishing they weren’t such a wimp, and sampling Quincy Jones, Weather Report and Jimi Hendrix on this single, with vinyl crackle all over the start. As people say at the moment, what’s not to like? The four mc’s take it in turns to describe school day crushes on unattainable girls, and contains one of my favourite rhymes- ‘now there she goes again, the dopest Ethiopian’. If you don’t normally listen to this kind of thing, you should make an exception here.

It’s also to the best of my knowledge the only rap song to use the word nincompoop as an insult.

The Pharcyde – Passing Me By.mp3