Born Derrick Stewart
was a member of the influential underground hip-hop group the Pharcyde
and has also settled into a solo career. In the early '90s, Stewart
was working at local clubs around L.A. when he formed the Pharcyde
with Romye "Booty Brown" Robinson, Imani Wilcox
, and Tre "Slimkid" Hardson, who were members of a dance troupe known as "242." By the time they were all 21, the Pharcyde
had signed a record deal with Delicious Vinyl and produced three albums filled with sharp lyrics and tight tracks that managed to achieve commercial success while still maintaining a distinct underground flavor.
left the Pharcyde
shortly after the release of their 1995 album, Labcabincalifornia
, due to creative differences, personal problems, and the desire to start a solo career. As a solo artist, Fatlip
continued his innovative work with his loopy first single "What's up Fatlip?" from Prime Cuts, Vol. 1, a collection of new songs and artists on the Delicious Vinyl label. A projected full-length, to be titled Revenge of the Nerd, failed to appear.