After supporting slots for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest as well as a successful performance on Lollapalooza's second stage in 1994, The Pharcyde released its second album, Labcabincalifornia, which was a calmer but no less warped follow up to their debut. Where Bizarre Ride II showed a group of hilarious and immature juveniles joking and discussing issues facing teens over cartoon-style beats, Labcabincalifornia displays men who have matured into adulthood and now celebrate the essence of Hip Hop.
Lyrically, the MCs are less humorous and much more intelligent sounding, dropping verses that make you want to check the liner notes and read the lyrics. They also use their interesting voices more creatively, often harmonizing and singing. But the real treat that makes Labcabincalifornia stand apart from their debut is the production. It has a smooth and focused tone that is unique, thanks to late-great Jay Dee who produced most of the tracks on the album. Featuring the hits "Runnin," "Drop," and "She Said." "Let the beat, mmmmm...drop!"
"Labcabincalifornia is an artistic breakthrough, and because of the deep shift in hip-hop production in the last two decades, the timelessness of the album is more apparent than ever." – Treble Music's Induction of Labcabincalifornia into their Hall Of Fame