The Pharcyde’s Bootie Brown Says He Did Not Reunite With Them

Yesterday (August 1), a Fatlip song was released that featured the four founding MCs of The Pharcyde. The song, titled “My Bad,” was touted as a reunion for Fatlip, Imani, Slimkid3, and Bootie Brown. It is an apparent single from Torpor, an album by Fatlip with producers Sccit & Siavash The Grouch. Siavash The Grouch went as far as spotlighting the reunion in a recent statement to HipHopDX. The Fatlip affiliate said, “We put a lot into perfecting every last song so that we could give the world what it deserves. Additionally, we wanted nothing more than to reunite The Pharcyde, so we brought everyone together on ‘My Bad’ in hopes of destroying the divide and letting love win. But this isn’t a Disney movie and a fairytale ending isn’t what you always get.”

However, a day after “My Bad” made its online rounds through the LABCABIN Records YouTube account, Bootie Brown has denied the validity of the reunion. “It’s my voice, but they lifted the vocals from another project,” said the artist who has released albums as The Pharcyde alongside Imani, without Fatlip and Slimkid3 since the mid-2000s. “I can’t remember what it was. I don’t know where they got the lyric or who they got it from. I definitely know it’s an outside project that I did for something, but the purpose that they’re using it for, I never recorded it for that,” he told Rolling Stone. “So I don’t know where they got it.”

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In the same Rolling Stone update, Brown clarified the origins of his verse, claiming he sold the verse to an unnamed artist for $1,000. “Even if the guys from the [LABCABIN Records] wanted to do a reunion track, I just find it weird that the other group members would let that go like that,” Bootie said to RS. “I don’t know if that’s a sign of desperation, but in my book I call it weird. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t speak up and say, ‘Hey, you know what? This is kind of wrong.’” Bootie and Fatlip reportedly spoke this week after the song was released. “I didn’t understand if they can get in touch with me now, how come they couldn’t get in touch with me before they even put the song together?”

Notably, on Monday, Fatlip, Imani, and Slimkid’s The Farside social media account posted a photograph of the three of them—without Bootie Brown. The caption read “The Ride Continues.”

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At present, “My Bad” by Fatlip featuring Bootie Brown, Imani, and Slimkid3 remains online.