Labcabincalifornia

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Labcabincalifornia
Studio album by The Pharcyde
Released November 14, 1995
Recorded 1994-1995
Genre Hip hop, Alternative Rap
Label Delicious Vinyl
Producer The Pharcyde, Jay Dee, Diamond D, M-Walk
The Pharcyde chronology
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
(1992)
Labcabincalifornia
(1995)
Plain Rap
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B+) link
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars link
RapReviews (9/10) link
Spin (5/10) link
Vibe (favorable) link

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.

In 2004, Mýa sampled "Runnin'" for her song "Fallen".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bullshit" (Hardson/Wilcox/Robinson/Yancey)
    • Produced by Jay Dee
    • Performers: All
  2. "Pharcyde" (Hardson/Wilcox/Robinson/Stewart)
    • Produced by Bootie Brown
    • Performers: All
  3. "Groupie Therapy" (Hardson/Wilcox/Robinson/Stewart/Kirkland/Bolden)
    • Produced by Diamond D
    • Performers: All
  4. "Runnin'" (Hardson/Wilcox/Stewart/Yancey)
    • Produced by Jay Dee
    • Performers: Fatlip, Slimkid3, Imani
  5. "She Said" (Hardson/Stewart)
  6. "Splattitorium" (Hardson/Wilcox/Yancey)
    • Produced by Jay Dee
    • Performers: All
  7. "Somethin' That Means Somethin'" (Hardson/Robinson/Stewart/Yancey)
    • Produced by Jay Dee
    • Performers: Bootie Brown, Slimkid3, Fatlip
  8. "All Live" [Interlude] (Hardson/Stewart/Wilcox/Robinson/Yancey)
    • Drums by Jay Dee
    • Organ by Justin Reinhardt
  9. "Drop" (Hardson/Robinson/Wilcox/Yancey)
  10. "Hey You" (Hardson/Wilcox)
  11. "Y?" (Hardson/Robinson/Wilcox/Stewart/Yancey)
    • Produced by Bootie Brown
    • Co-Produced by Jay Dee
    • Performers: All
  12. "It's All Good!" [Interlude]
  13. "Moment in Time" (Hardson/Hackey/Walker)
  14. "The Hustle" (Robinson/Alexander/Campbell/Shelton/McDavid)
    • Featuring Big Boy, Schmooche Cat & Randy Mack
    • Produced by Bootie Brown
    • Performers: Bootie Brown, Schmooche Cat, Randy Mack, Big Boy
  15. "Little D" [Interlude]
  16. "Devil Music" (Robinson/Hardson/Stewart)
    • Produced by Fatlip
    • Performers: Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, Fatlip (including shoutout from Imani)
  17. "The E.N.D." (Wilcox/Walker/Holloway)
    • Featuring Ian Kamau
    • Produced by M-Walk
    • Trumpet by Farnando Pullum
    • Performers: All
    • Fender Rhodes by Justin Reinhardt
  18. "Emerald Butterfly" [Bonus Track] (Hardson/L.A. Jay)
  19. "Just Don't Matter" [Bonus Track] (Wilcox/Hardson/Jackson Biede)
    • Produced by SlimKid3
    • Performers, Imani, Slimkid3, The Wascals (Chorus by Fatlip)
  20. "Heart & Soul" (UK Bonus Track)

Samples Used[edit]

  • "Bullshit" contains samples of "Sing Me Softly of the Blues" by Gary Burton (from the 1967 album "Duster"), "What's Going On (Live)" by Les McCann (from the 1972 album "Live at Montreux") & "Get Up, Stand Up" by Bob Marley (from the 1973 album "Burnin'").
  • "Groupie Therapy" contains samples of "The Bilbao Song" by Cal Tjader (from the 1966 album "Soul Burst"), "8 Million Stories" by A Tribe Called Quest (From the 1993 album "Midnight Marauders") & "Ladies First" by Queen Latifah.
  • "Runnin'" contains samples of "Saudade Vem Correndo" by Stan Getz (from the 1963 album "Jazz Samba Encore!"), "Yearning For Your Love" by The Gap Band (from the 1980 album "Gap Band III"), "Flying Easy" by Woody Herman (from the 1969 album "Heavy Exposure") & "Rock Box" by Run-DMC (from the 1984 album "Run-D.M.C.").
  • "She Said" contains samples of "Down by the River" by Buddy Miles (from the 1972 album "Them Changes"), "Walk Tall" by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet (from the 1975 album "Phenix") & "Passin' Me By" by The Pharcyde (from the 1992 album "Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde").
  • "Splattitorium" contains a sample of "Fly Me To The Moon" by Vince Guaraldi (from the 1964 album "Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown").
  • "Drop" contains a sample of "The New Style" by Beastie Boys (from the 1986 album "Licensed To Ill").
  • "Hey You" contains samples of "Hey You! Get off My Mountain" by The Dramatics (from the 1972 album "A Dramatic Experience") & "In The Evening" by Yusef Lateef.
  • "Y?" contains a sample of "Why Is That?" by BDP (from the 1989 album "Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop").
  • "Moment In Time" contains a sample of "Keep My Heart Together" by Mass Production (from the 1977 album "Believe").
  • "The Hustle" contains a sample of "You Send Me" by Roy Ayers (from the 1978 album "You Send Me").
  • "Devil Music" contains a sample of "Da Mystery of Chess Boxin'" by Wu-Tang Clan (from the 1993 album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)").
  • "The E.N.D." contains a sample of "Sunny" by Earl Grant.

Album singles[edit]

Single cover Single information
"Drop"
  • Released: 1995
  • B-side: "Y?"
"Runnin'"
  • Released: 1996
  • B-side: "Drop"
"She Said"
  • Released: 1996
  • B-side: "Somethin' That Means Somethin'"

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1995 Labcabincalifornia #37 #17

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1995 Runnin #55 #35 #5 -
1995 Drop #93 #73 #5 #4
1996 She Said - - #30 #46