Plain Rap - The Pharcyde
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. While the heft of the Pharcyde sound is diminished slightly by their broken circle, this is an emotionally tangible album that combines delicate content with tight production.
  2. Their flows are slower, their observations more profound, and their subject matter drifts further inward. [#154, p.83]
  3. On "Plain Rap," the decidedly more mellow yet equally appealing follow-up to "Labcabincalifornia," the trio -- Slimkid, Imani, and Booty Brown -- continues to pave its own path.
  4. Plain Rap lacks the talents of Fatlip and Slimkid and it shows. The smart, polished Pharcyde backings - rich in jazz and rare groove - are still in evidence, but it's easy to miss the gawky verbals of all four rappers.
  5. Sonically, Plain Rap picks up where Labcabin left off, and at its best ("Rush," "Guestlist," "Frontline"), it recaptures that album's sophisticated sonic slinkiness, if not its lyrical brilliance. Too often, however, Plain Rap sounds like what Labcabin's detractors unfairly accused it of being: mature and adult to the point of sounding hopelessly dull.
  6. 40
    This is West Coast rap at its most lethargic. [Jan 2001, p.107]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. SMAKKDADDIE
    Nov 14, 2001
    10
    YOU CAN FEEL WHAT YOU HEAR. I GIVE THIS A 10 BECAUSE OF THE CREATIVITY.
  2. PaulBigBalls
    Oct 2, 2001
    10
    THIS IS AWSOME BUY IT DOWNLOAD WHATVER!