Slimkid3 first introduced himself to the world as part of the legendary hip-hop quartet the Pharcyde, dazzling crowds worldwide with his natural ability to entertain.
With their singular blend of freaky humor, far-out lyrical imagery, and infectious beats, the fresh-faced South Central natives ushered in a golden era of hip-hop with such timeless classics as “Passin’ Me By” and “Ya Mama”—and unwittingly defined the sound of a generation. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde, released in 1993, would go on to be certified Gold.
As a member of the Pharcyde, Slimkid3 toured for two years with the Lollapalooza festival, shared bills in Europe and Japan with De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and recorded a sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia, with the legendary producer J Dilla. The J Dilla collaboration “Runnin’” and the surreal anthem “Drop” today remain classic hip-hop standards.
In 2000, Slimkid3 began to pursue a solo career, exploring the boundaries of hip-hop with a full band and live instrumentation. His debut full-length album, Liberation, was released in 2002 under his given name, Tre Hardson. It also features collaborations with Saul Williams, MC Lyte, and Chali 2na. Another full-length LP, Slimkid3’s Café, followed in 2006.
All four original members of the Pharcyde reunited in 2008 for a highly anticipated run on the main stage of the international “Rock the Bells” hip-hop festival, performing to sold-out crowds alongside such top acts as Nas, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Method Man and Red Man.
In 2007, Slimkid3 put his decades of experience rapping, producing, and arranging to work as a DJ, regularly spinning sets at Guys in Los Angeles, among other venues. In 2009, he co-founded Live&Direct PDX, a monthly party event in Portland, Oregon, featuring live remixing of classic hip-hop favorites alongside veteran Portland DJs Rev Shines of Lifesavas and DJ Nature.
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