Friday, February 9, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 93



Pharcyde ‘raps oni during Houston show

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 rolling.

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 the audience.

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 suffer.

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.

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