37. The Pharcyde "Passin' Me By" (1993)
Producer: J-Swift, L.A. Jay
Album: Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Label: Delicious Vinyl
The Pharcyde broke new ground for L.A. rap when they hit the scene, in no small part due to producer J-Swift's energetic and accessible beats on the group's debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. Swift's care-free production on "Passin' Me By," combining Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City" with the snap of the Skull Snaps drums and a mournful horn hook, was the perfect backdrop for this ode to failed romantic escapades.
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