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Unbeknown to most, there are two different versions of The Pharcyde’s “I’m That Type of N***a”. There are subtle differences between the two, in both production and lyrical delivery and it’s clear that these were recorded in separate sessions. I remember speaking to Xtra Loop Genius about this back in the HHS retail days, as we were listening to Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde on CD. I heard the CD version of the track and noticed it was different than the cassette version, but to him, this was the version he had always heard. I argued that the original cassette version was totally different, he had no idea what I was talking about.

Any current reissues of the album have the CD version, with the original cassette version seemingly lost forever. So, of course we encoded it for comparison below. We’re guessing it was a sample clearance issue, but anyone with extra info on this, feel free to speak up. We’re curious as to which version is the one more fans are familiar with. We’ll be exploring some other Pharcyde rarities over the next few weeks as well…

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LISTEN: Pharcyde – “I’m That Type of Nigga (O.G. Cassette Version)”

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LISTEN: Pharcyde – “I’m That Type of Nigga (CD Version)”


Pharcyde – “I’m That Type of Nigga (O.G. Cassette Version)”

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28 Responses to "The Mystery Of The Two Versions of Pharcyde's "I'm That Type…""
  • Juan C says:

    This has been an issue of discussion between my friends and I since like 1993. I had the tape and we were used to that mix and then one day someone who bought the album much later came through with the new version. Although the differences are subtle it still bothered us. However, I have heard the original mix on CD as well and I remember a copy floating around my group of friends. The print on the CD was yellow, I think, as opposed to the newer version that was black.

  • Herbalizer says:

    And actually, Passin’ Me By is also different ! I bought my CD in the united states, while my friend bought his CD in Canada, and we had different versions for I’m that type of ni**a and Passin’ Me By. In fact, for Passin’ Me By, the music is much closer (although the mixing is a bit off – you can hear it cut at one point like it was a demo) but the rapping flow is different. I am the one with the “forever” lost versions, so I always find it weird when I hear the “real” versions.

  • Herbalizer says:

    About the Soulflower versions, the original one is the one with the Brand New Heavies. It appears on a Brand New Heavies CD, pretty good album actually.

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