The Pharcyde appeared in Los Angeles in 1989. The initial lineup featured such musicians as Imani, Slimkid3, Bootie Brown and Flatlip. With time, some of the members left the band. The rappers worked with DJ Mark Luv. He wrote songs with the assistance of J-Swift and J Dilla. The Pharcyde’s greatest hits are "Passin’ Me By", "Drop" и "Runnin’".
The three group members met in the 1980s when they were taking dance classes. Before the 80s ended, dancing was their main hobby. Slimkid3 and Imani worked with the group As Is. Later, they joined Play Brothers. Bootie Brown, who was the last one to join the group, worked as a dancer at Flatlip’s performances. In one of the interviews, Brown explained that the artists’ dancing hobby reflected on their music.
The band met Reggie Andrews, who used to work with such artists as Rick James and Dazz Band. He helped the musicians record their debut album. At the same time, the group met the producer J-Swift.