Passin' Me By

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"Passin' Me By"
Single by The Pharcyde
from the album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
B-side "Pork"
Released March 23, 1993
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1991 at Hollywood Sounds, California
Genre Alternative hip hop, jazz rap
Length 5:03
Label Delicious Vinyl
Songwriter(s) R. Robinson,
T. Hardson,
E. Wilcox,
D. Stewart,
J. Martinez
Producer(s) J-Swift Additional Production and Remix: L.A. Jay
The Pharcyde singles chronology
"Ya Mama"
"Passin' Me By"
"4 Better or 4 Worse"
"Ya Mama"
"Passin' Me By"
"4 Better or 4 Worse"

"Passin' Me By" is a song by American hip-hop group The Pharcyde, released in March 1993 through Delicious Vinyl Records. The song was the second single released from the group's 1992 debut Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. The song, produced by J-Swift, utilizes samples from "Summer in the City" by Quincy Jones, "125th Street Congress" by Weather Report and "Are You Experienced?" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. "Passin' Me By" was in turn sampled by Joe for his number 1 single "Stutter". A popular line from the song, "My dear my dear my dear you do not know me but I know you very well now let me tell you," was also repeated in the same manner in "Stutter" with the only difference between the lines being that the words "about the feelings I have for you" were changed to "that I caught you" in "Stutter."

The group's four emcees, Bootie Brown, Slimkid3, Imani, and Fatlip, all use the track to recount schoolboy crushes which all eventually led to heartbreak. The song peaked at #1 on the Hot Rap Singles, #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #28 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts.[1]

Pitchfork Media's included the song at number 41 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video (directed by Sanji) is entirely in black and white. The rappers are seen riding in the back seat of a car or rapping behind a fence. They are upside-down compared to the rest of the world throughout the video.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Passin' Me By" (Video Remix)
  2. "Passin' Me By" (Video instrumental)
  3. "Passin' Me By" (A capella)


  1. "Pork" (Original version)
  2. "Pork" (Cosby edit)
  3. "Pork" (Instrumental)

Other media[edit]

The song was featured in the soundtrack for the video game NBA 2K9, and it is also featured in the game Aggressive Inline. A clip from the instrumental of the song was used in the opening of the 1999 Adam Sandler film Big Daddy. The song was remixed and entitled "Rinsing Quince" by Aphrodite in 2003.

The track is also mentioned by rapper T.I. in the worldwide smash hit single, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, also featuring Pharrell. The line is: "In a hundred years, not dare would I / Pull a Pharcyde, let you pass me by."


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