Producer: J Dilla
Label: Delicious Vinyl
“Runnin” was the first single from the Pharcyde's then-panned but now-coveted sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia. Pharcyde's triumphant comeback record worked because it was fun, upbeat and featured a catchy sing-songy chorus—despite the somber subject matter. It was kind of like an anti-bullying PSA for the mid-'90s.
The track featured a 'happier' bassline and tempo than that of Dilla's later work. The genius flip of Stan Getz's “Saudade Vem Correndo” with the rearranged horns, piano and guitar, let the world know that this new-to-the-scene producer was coming for the crown.