The Far Side (Imani, Fatlip & Slimkid3 formerly of the Pharcyde)with special guests DJ Abilities, DJ MetroGnome, and DJ Topspeed
- Fri Apr 15, 2022
- 8:00 PM / Show: 9:00 PM
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED. ALL TICKET HOLDERS SHOULD KEEP THEIR TICKETS AND A RESCHEDULED DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED ASAP.
The Far Side (Imani, Fatlip & Slimkid3 formerly of the Pharcyde) with special guests DJ Abilities, DJ MetroGnome, and DJ Topspeed at The Vogue in Indianapolis
THE FAR SIDE
We’re not going to talk about how IMANI, Slimkid3, and Fatlip created two of the most classic back-to-back Hip Hop albums in the 1990s as the Pharcyde (Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde and Labcabincalifornia).
We’re not going to talk about how the Pharcyde was one of the most popular Hip Hop acts of that era nor are we going to talk about the necessary lineup changes needed to move forward.
No. We’re going to talk about where they are now and how IMANI, Slimkid3, and Fatlip made what was once only a dream finally come true. Officially reunited as The Far Side (formerly of the Pharcyde), the talented West Coast trio is preparing to embark on a six-week spring tour in April.
But before that was even a possibility, IMANI had to go through some spiritual transformations that took him to a place of forgiveness and acceptance. After all, in a 2015 interview, IMANI said it would essentially take an act of God for him to reunite with Slimkid3 and Fatlip, who’d been performing as Bizarre Ride following the Pharcyde’s split. But after the death of his grandmother, life looked different.
“That’s just really what it was, just to keep it real,” IMANI says. “I was dealing with issues inside my own head, and I thought it was the world, but it was inside my own mind. I created my own demons.
“I asked myself, ‘What do you want if you don’t have to worry about what anybody else’s wants or to make anybody else happy?’ And the first thing that came up to me, the universe said, ‘You got to make it right with your brothers.’ And the universe didn’t say, “Make music with them.” It said, ‘Make it right.’”
And that’s precisely what he did. The Far Side (formerly of the Pharcyde) is currently working on new music and a 30th-anniversary project to commemorate the release of Bizarre Ride II. A limited-edition producer’s tape was released on January 22nd featuring The Far Side (formerly of the Pharcyde), Wu-Tang Clan luminary Inspectah Deck and more. Executive produced by Spear of the Nation, the tape kicks off yet another colorful chapter in IMANI, Slimkid3, and Fatlip’s story, one that’s just beginning and the guys are back in business!
Growing up in a family of artists, Gregory Keltgen (aka DJ Abilities) had early ambitions of working in the visual medium, but it wasn’t until he discovered Hip-Hop that he’d found an art form that he truly identified with, and he immersed himself in all aspects of the culture. After only two short years of intense practice on the turntables, DJ Abilities went on to compete in the legendary DMC DJ competitions in 1999. He won the regional title and advanced to the U.S. finals that year, before doing it again in 2001. Soon after, Abilities was also garnering attention for performing all the scratches on El-P’s classic debut, Fantastic Damage, as well as contributing his turntable talents and production skills to other cult favorites like The Anti-Album by Semi.Official, and The Taste of Rain… Why Kneel? by Deep Puddle Dynamics, among others. But above all, his name would become most celebrated throughout the 2000’s as one-half of the dynamic Hip-Hop duo Eyedea & Abilities.
A sleeper in the Midwest, DJ MetroGnome is carrying Indianapolis on his back. Representing the school of thought that quality music deserves being in heavy rotation, you can find him at any one of his weekly residencies dropping gems. Whether it be boom bap hip hop, dusty funk, undeniable reggae & dancehall, feel-good house, uptempo party bangers, relaxing down-tempo and soul, future classics or random throwbacks from decades prior, you will find yourself moving to or inspired by the music.
DJ Topspeed has long been regarded as a Hip Hop Icon in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana and beyond. He is a true mixologist with the ability, in the original and timeless Hip Hop style and fashion, to turn out any party, and any crowd, with the vast depth and breadth of his musical knowledge, his true school roots as a B-Boy dancer, and his decades deep champion DJ skills. Speed harkens back to an era of Hip Hop that will always feel futuristic, a time when genre isn’t cut and dried, when the needles put on records can weave together sounds from different personalities and cultures, building bridges between people and places where once there were none.
THE FAR SIDE (IMANI, FATLIP & SLIMKID3 FORMERLY OF THE FAR SIDE) WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DJ ABILITIES, DJ METROGNOME, AND DJ TOPSPEED
THE VOGUE THEATRE
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