The Pharcyde with Mike Relm
West Beaver Creek Boulevard
White River National Forest, Avon, CO 81620
Rocky Mountain Entertainment presents
The Pharcyde w/ Mike Relm
Mike Relm, Mane Rok, Stay Tuned Ft. Ichiban
In the early 90’s, when gangsta’ rap consumed the airwaves, and the majority of West Coast rappers strapped on their Locs, Chuck Taylor’s & Ben Davis’, The Pharcyde decidedly maintained a willfully weird vision. Opting to stay true to themselves with their left field but still South-Central sensibility, rap had seen few groups so self-deprecating and so smart, four visionary rappers adroitly able to split the difference between helium-voiced and hard-core.
Listening to “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde” two full decades after its release, its sense of timeliness is unmistakable. Every song on the album inverts a hoary hip-hop cliché. With classics like “Oh Shit,” “Otha Fish”, “Ya’ Mama,” and hit single, “Passing Me By,” it is not surprising that it shipped over a million units, garnered comparisons to De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest, and everyone from Pitchfork Media to The Source has hailed it as one of the greatest albums ever made.
Speaking on the passage of time, their second release “LabCabInCalifornia” has revealed exactly how far-reaching The Pharcyde’s vision was. From enlisting a young and then unknown James Yancey aka J DILLA to produce beats, the classic “Runnin” to collaborating with director Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich” “Adaptation”) on the video for “Drop,” it has consistently reinforced their steadfast refusal to tread familiar artistic grounds.
Today, The Pharcyde is still performing and touring the globe recently on their TransCyde Express Tour. They continue to hone their individual abilities yet carry on the name & legacy in its original fashion. They still seduce their audience with the same boyish charm that founded them at the beginning. Now, it’s combined with the knowledge that has been bestowed upon them as men who have taken on, and rose to the challenge of the rap game. The end result of all this hard work is a band that’s still influencing the hip hop artists and sounds crowding our radio waves today and will continue to for many years to come.
San Francisco’s MIKE RELM is best known for his audio and video mash-ups, in his live concerts and broadcast work. Part director, part electronic music producer, Relm has introduced the world to a style that truly echoes the fever-pitched pace of modern entertainment while paying homage to classic filmmakers and musicians.
– 2011 Jabbawockeez “Devastating Stereo” (music video)
– 2010 Iron Man 2 (television spot)
– 2010 Funeral Party “NYC Moves to the Sound of LA” (music video)
– 2010 Funeral Party “Just Because” (music video)
– 2008 Mike Relm feat. Del The Funky Homosapien “Everytime” (music video)
– Blue Man Group “How To Be A Megastar” Tour
– Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam Tour
– 2010 Winter Olympics
– 2007 Pan American Games Closing Ceremonies
– Winnepeg Jazz Festival
– Good Vibrations Festival, Australia
– Peeping Tom (Mike Patton, Rahzel, Dub Trio) World Tour
– Jingle Bell Rock (Metric, Tokyo Police Club) Tour
Nominated for Urb Magazines Next 1000 (Group-ManeLine)2009
Chosen as Village Voice Medias Best Crew 2009-LIFECrew-Our conglomerate
When choosing a pseudonym to scribe on walls and other prohibited surfaces throughout the country, Mane Rok never once considered its reflection on his life.
Mane Rok. The first,a double entendre referring to hair, in particular that of the King of The Jungle and a throw to ‘main,’ as in “most important-principal.” Rok, however unorthodox the spelling, the word embodies what he does, and what he represents, stability, and a solid nature, even in the face of mistakes.
Mane Rok learned the business from the ground up by working with his revolutionary group ManeLine, which also helped him receive the honor of sharing the stage with major acts such as Gnarls Barkley, Gza & Ghostface Killah of The WuTang Clan, Tha Pharcyde, De La Soul and many more. While being a part of the “best crew” (Westword Best of 2009 Edition-LIFE Crew) in Colorado, circumstance finds Mane Rok moving forward on his own, finally cultivating the solo career he promised himself
Mane Rok takes on the foundation of his music literally, “With this solo effort, the difference is the foundation lies solely with me. Song production is something I’m doing all on my own.”
With the EP, the aim is to portray specific transitions in Mane Rok’s life. When creating pieces of the song, more personal messages are translated through his writing. A sneak peak video of the lead single “Troubles” Dir By Eric Heights (Credits include music videos with Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Aceyalone, Prince Po of Organized Konfusion and more,) has found its way on line at youtube.com/manerok and a second video which was created for Fox Sports Network entitled “A-Game” from the 3rd quarter EP release “En Stereo” with 3 The Hardway producer Es Nine is also available at vimeo.com/manerok