Labcabincalifornia is the second album by The Pharcyde, released in 1995, three years after their debut Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. The album’s production was handled by The Pharcyde themselves and Jay Dee, with additional help from Diamond D and M-Walk. The first single was “Drop”. The video for “Drop” was directed by Spike Jonze, and used footage of the group performing the song backwards, replayed backwards, giving it a surreal quality. The backwards theme of the video is also a reference to the song itself, which features a backwards sample. “Drop” was a hit, as was the follow-up single “Runnin’,” which peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. Overall, this album is a more mellow and introspective affair than their debut and features more somber themes such as dealing with fame and success, drug abuse, and broken down relationships. Album sales compared to Bizarre Ride did not fare as well; the group was not able to reach Gold status. Although it received mixed reviews upon release due to the group’s sudden shift of direction from its previous album, it received critical acclaim in retrospective reviews, with many lauding its smooth production and touchy subject matter. After Labcabincalifornia was released, Fatlip left the group to concentrate on his solo career.


Track listing

Information is based on the album’s Liner Notes

  1. “Bullshit” (T. Hardson/E. Wilcox/R. Robinson/J. Yancey)
    (“Sing” Sample: C. Bley)
    (“Get Up” Sample: B. Marley)
  2. “Pharcyde” (T. Hardson/E. Wilcox/R. Robinson/D. Stewart)
    • Produced by Bootie Brown
    • Vocals performed by: (all members of) The Pharcyde
  3. “Groupie Therapy” (Hardson/Wilcox/Robinson/Stewart/Bolden/J. Kirkland)
    (“Ladies First” Sample: D. Owens/M. James/A. Peaks/S. Johnson/S. Faber)
    • Produced by Diamond D
    • Vocals performed by: The Pharcyde
  4. Runnin’” (T. Hardson/E. Wilcox/D. Stewart/J. Yancey)
    (“Saudade” Sample: L. Bonfá/M. Toledo)
    (“Rock Box” Sample: D. McDaniels/J. Simmons/L. Smith)
  5. She Said” (T. Hardson/D. Stewart)
    (“Down” Sample: N. Young)
    (“Walk” Sample: J. Zawinul/E. Marrow/J. Rine)
    • Produced by Slimkid3
    • Lead vocal performers: Slimkid3, Fatlip
  6. “Splattitorium” (T. Hardson/E. Wilcox/J. Yancey)
    • Produced by Jay Dee
    • Lead vocal performer: Imani
  7. “Somethin’ That Means Somethin'” (Hardson/Robinson/Stewart/Yancey)
    • Produced by Jay Dee
    • Lead vocal performers: Bootie Brown, Slimkid3, Fatlip
  8. “All Live” [Interlude] (T. Hardson/D. Stewart/E. Wilcox/R. Robinson/J. Yancey)
  9. Drop” (T. Hardson/R. Robinson/E. Wilcox/J. Yancey)
    • Produced by Jay Dee
    • Vocals Performed by: Bootie Brown, Slimkid3, Imani, Beastie Boys
  10. “Hey You” (T. Hardson/E. Wilcox)
    (“Evening” Sample: L. Carr)
    • Produced by Slimkid3
    • Vocals performed by: Slimkid3, Imani, The Dramatics
  11. “Y?” (T. Hardson/R. Robinson/E. Wilcox/D. Stewart/J. Yancey)
    • Produced by Bootie Brown
    • Co-produced by Jay Dee
    • Vocals performed by: The Pharcyde
  12. “It’s All Good!” [Interlude]
  13. “Moment in Time” (T. Hardson/L. Hackey/M. Walker)
    • Produced by M-Walk
    • Co-produced by Slimkid3
    • Lead vocal performer: Slimkid3
  14. “The Hustle” (R. Robinson/K. Alexander/G. Campbell/R. Shelton/J. McDavid)
    (“Send” Sample: R. Ayers)
    • Featuring Big Boy, Schmooche Cat and Randy Mack
    • Produced by Bootie Brown
    • Vocals performed by: Bootie Brown
  15. “Little D” [Interlude]
  16. “Devil Music” (R. Robinson/T. Hardson/D. Stewart)
    • Produced by Fatlip
    • Lead vocal performers: Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, Fatlip
    • Shoutout Voice: Imani
  17. “The E.N.D.” (E. Wilcox/M. Walker/K. Holloway)
    (“Sunny” Sample: B. Hebb)
  18. “Emerald Butterfly” [Bonus Track] (Hardson/L.A. Jay)
    • Produced by SlimKid3 and L.A. Jay
    • Lead vocal performer: Slimkid3
  19. “Just Don’t Matter” [Bonus Track] (Wilcox/Hardson/Jackson Biede)
    • Produced by Slimkid3
    • Vocals performed by: Imani, Slimkid3, The Wascals (chorus by Fatlip)
  20. “Heart & Soul” (UK Bonus Track)
    • Produced by Buckwild
    • Vocals performed by: The Pharcyde

Additional personnel

  • Paul Arnold – Mix Engineer (2-4, 6, 8-12, 15-17)
  • Big Boy – Additional Lead Vocals (14)
  • Rick Clifford – Recording Engineer
  • Bryan Davis – Mix Engineer (7), Recording Engineer
  • Bob Durham – Keyboards
  • Jay Dee – Drums
  • Tim Latham – Mix Engineer Recording Engineer
  • M-Walk – DJ Scratches
  • James Mansfield – Mix Engineer Recording Engineer
  • Tim Nimitz – Mix Engineer
  • Randy Mack – Additional Lead Vocals
  • Farnando Pullum – Trumpet
  • Justin Reinhardt – Fender Rhodes , Organ played by
  • Schmooche Cat – Additional Lead Vocals (14)
  • Madeline Smith – Sample Clearance Agent
  • Mark Spier – Sample Clearance Agent
  • Anthony “Biede” Walker – Recording Engineer
  • Gary Wallis – Recording Engineer

Sample credits

Unless otherwise indicated, Information is based on the album’s Liner Notes




  1. a b The Pharcyde. “Labcabincalifornia” (Album notes). Delicious Vinyl. 1995.
  2. a b c d e ”Pharcyde” (Sampling Artist). Rap Sample FAQ.
  3. ^ Isenberg, Daniel. “Diamond D Tells All…”. Complex. 14 July 2011.
  4. a b c d The Pharcyde. “03 Groupie Therapy”. YouTube: DM Hip-Hop. 17 January 2018.
  5. a b The Pharcyde. “04 Runnin’”. YouTube: DM Hip-Hop. 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ “28 Days of Pharcyde #10…”. Sampleface. 10 February 2013.
  7. a b Price-Styles, Alice. “The Pharcyde…20th Anniversary Mixtape”. Wax Poetics. 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ The Pharcyde. “06 Splattitorium”. YouTube: DM Hip-Hop. 17 January 2018.
  9. a b The Pharcyde. “09 Drop”. YouTube: DM Hip-Hop. 17 January 2018.
  10. ^ Barber, Andrew. “The 50 Best J Dilla Songs”. Complex. 7 February 2012.
  11. ^ The Pharcyde. “11 Y? (Be Like That)”. YouTube: DM Hip-Hop. 17 January 2018.
  12. ^ Krinkle, Henry. “Freddy Robinson: The Coming Atlantis (Re-Up)”. House of Sound. 6 March 2009.

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