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The 50 Greatest Debut Albums in Hip-Hop History

31. The Pharcyde, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

Label: Delicious Vinyl
Release Date: 11/24/1992

Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde was kind of rebellious. The album embraced jazz influences instead of the popular West Coast G-Funk of the early '90s, and juxtaposed the social-consciousness of its contemporaries (think Public Enemy or Native Tongues) with odd lyricism.

There's a ridiculously over-the-top phone call on the solid "4 Better or 4 Worse," a plea to the ever-oppressive police on "Officer," and insane amounts of shit talk on "Ya Mama" and "I'm That Type of Nigga." The whole thing is bizarre, but not too absurd to alienate the listener. You'll be bobbing your head till the party ends on "Return of the B-Boy."

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