They hold nicknames like "Slimkid," "Fatlip" and "Booty Brown." But along with Imani Wilcox, this quartet made up the alternative rap group Pharcyde.
Based in South Central Los Angeles, Hardson, Wilcox, and Robinson were dancers and choreographers who met on the L.A. underground club circuit in the late 1980s. Remember "In Living Color"? Chances are you saw their stint on the sketch comedy series that aired in the early 90's. It was the catalyst to all three men falling under the tutelage of Reggie Andrews, a local high school music teacher.
Pharcyde landed a deal with Delicious Vinyl in 1991, and a year later released their debut album, "Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde." The album went gold, and the group nabbed slots as a supporting act for both De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, not to mention a spot playing Lollapalooza's second stage in 1994.
The group released its second album, "Labcabincalifornia," but followed it with a five-year break --during which Stewart branched out as a solo rapper. His single, "What's Up Fatlip," became a cult hit, and he was on his own until The Pharcyde returned in late 2000 with their third album, "Plain Rap."
The group as it stands now is down to just two members -- Imani Wilcox and Bootie Brown. They were behind 2004's "Humboldt Beginnings," and have stayed busy with various projects over the last nine years. 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of their debut album, and they played the album in its entirety at a tribute show at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.
Along with producers J-Sw!ft and L.A. Jay, Pharcyde began touring the Roxy Theater show "Bizarre Ride Live," along with MC-K Natural, and is working on new music under the moniker The Bizarre Ride.
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