Music with a message
BRECKENRIDGE – Tre Hardson went on a bizarre ride with The Pharcyde in the 1990s, but now he takes his own trip – solo.Hardson introduced himself to the world as “Slimkid Tre” as part of the rap quartet The Pharcyde. Hardson linked up with two fellow dancers in the Los Angeles underground club circuit in the late 1980s and formed the dance and rap group 242. After three years, 242 landed a stint on “In Living Color.” When it added a fourth member and changed its name to The Pharcyde, a new day dawned in the hip-hop world.
The group’s 1992 debut album, “Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde,” went gold and for the next two years, the players toured the United States, Europe and Japan. After Delicious Vinyl released The Pharcyde’s second album, “Labcabincalifornia,” the group left the label. In 1997, Hardson appeared on the sketch-comedy show “Mad TV,” and in 1999 he made a guest appearance on MTV’s “The Real World.” But his real re-emergence came when he started his solo career in 2000.He described his 2002 album, “Liberation,” as a healing album for him. Before he recorded it, he had been reading spiritual books such as “Conversations with God” and “No Death, No Fear.”
“I didn’t want to make it too deep in that vein, but it feels good,” he said. “We always have a message in the music. It’s always been that way. The people we are – we’re pretty much the journalists of the times. We observe, and we put out what we receive.””Liberation” includes hip-hop material but also introduced Hardson’s singing abilities with songs reminiscent of Bill Withers-type love ballads.Hardson centers his sound around crowd participation, calling it conscious, smooth hip-hop and soul with an upbeat, positive energy.
“I think people should get out and have an experience,” Hardson said. “You never know what you’re going to get. It’s different every night.”Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at email@example.com.
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