Pharcyde ‘raps oni during
By Keitha Johnson
Daily Cougar Staff
The Los Angeles-based Pharcyde offered
Houstonians a refreshing burst of real hip-hop Wednesday at the Engine
Room despite missing two of its members.
Imani and Romye took the stage around 11:30
p.m., performing as a duo because members Fat Lip and Tre were absent.
Imani claimed he hadnit spoken to them in more than a year, but assured
the audience it was all love and that he and Romye would keep the show
And they did, opening with "Get Up Off
That," which got the crowd shaking to George Clinton-like beats.
Pharcyde also ran through some of its hits,
like "Yo Mama," "Passini Me By" and "Drop." The James Brown-inspired "Soulflower"
was a definite crowd-pleaser: During the song, a fan threw her bra at the
stage and it landed on Imaniis arm.
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The only two Pharcyde members
to attend the show, Imani and Romye, share the stage for their Houston
show Wednesday night.
In another part of the show, the pair searched
the crowd for a fan who could sing along. They found a guy named Jimmy
who, although looked like he might had thrown up from nervousness, kept
up with Pharcydeis complex lyrics and got applause from the musicians and
Although it was only half its former size,
Pharcyde gave an exciting performance. The funky beats and Romyeis bizarre
dance moves definitely hyped up the crowd. The group played a few songs
off its new album, Plain Rap, before closing with its 1994 hit "Runnin."
Opening for Pharcyde was the Drew Sparx
Project, veterans of the Engine Room. One member of the local hip-hop duo
made his entrance on crutches, explaining he was injured. Despite that,
he cracked jokes throughout the performance and the actis quality didnit
DSPis music was catchy, rhythmically driven
and had everyone on their feet. The duo has released a self-titled album.
After their performance Wednesday, I suggest checking it out.