Snoop Dogg & The Pharcyde Have HISTORY. Imani & Bootie Brown Open Up (Video)
It’s a forgotten fact that The Pharcyde’s Bizarre II The Pharcyde and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic released less than a month apart. Hip-Hop historians may see a major dividing line between the Los Angeles, California quartet and the Compton-to-Long Beach connection of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, but it’s not so.
The latest GGN interview features Snoop Dogg speaking with one-half of The Pharcyde, Bootie Brown and Imani about 1992-1993, and how the Delicious Vinyl Records artists were on the boat chartered by Death Row Records for Snoop Dogg’s famous Doggystyle release party. They were there (the night Warren G and Suge Knight allegedly had a major confrontation), and also there during the infamous August 1995 Source Awards at Madison Square Garden. The Pharcyde laugh that they were flies on the wall every time drama jumped off for Snoop.
Although it’s merely a 20-minute segment, Bootie and Imani (who are a now faction from the other half of the crew, Slimkid3 and Fatlip) recall going to Eazy E parties, growing up on KDAY, and working with famed Candyman/2Pac producer Johnny J (R.I.P.) in his earliest Dance music days. The pair talks about Ras Kass’ impact on The Pharcyde in the days before any of the MCs had deals. They recall performing at parents’ work picnics, beauty salons, and wearing Def Jam jackets around L.A.
Imani and B.Brown also talk about working with J Dilla, Delicious Vinyl’s disappointment in the group’s decision to work with Jay Dee instead of Q-Tip and the like, and working with pre-Her Spike Jonze on early videos. Interestingly, Delicious Vinyl (where Slimkid3 and Fatlip are still signed), has been a major proponent in releasing Dilla material since the producer/MC’s 2006 death, in addition to signing Illa J.