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The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Second original Pharcyde producer L.A. Jay on the 1's and 2's.
Second original Pharcyde producer L.A. Jay on the 1's and 2's.
Photo by Jacob Katel

Slimkid3 from the Pharcyde screamed, "We're doin' this for Reefa!" and the crowd went wild. Later, Jay Swift, the group's first producer, jumped into the audience, and they completely lost their minds.

It was a fitting hip-hop tribute at the old-school-style block party, where the four elements of rapping, DJing, dancing, and graffing came together with skating, brews, barbecue, social consciousness, and lasers.

It was an awesome party. Here are some pictures.

See also: The Pharcyde's Slimkid3 Explains Every Track From Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

The event started at 4p.m., and there were free #JusticeForReefa shirts in the art gallery.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

The girl in the blue was selling cupcakes.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

When we got there, The Politix were on stage. What a great party band.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

They played a mix of tributes and originals that had the early crowd feeling good and smiling.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

There were two bars, and never a long line or problem with getting an ice-cold drink

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Across the alley, graffiti...

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Then DJ Heron dropped a set "for all the real hip-hop heads!" And also cut live over a beat he made on the spot.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Inside, Oscar Fuentes, the Biscayne Poet was pounding out verses on a typewriter.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

And a few b-boys warmed up for the cardboard dancefloor taped down to the bricks by the stage outside.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Nearly 100 pieces filled LMNT's 3,000-square-foot gallery. Around 50 of them were fine art works by Reefa.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Reefa had one whole wall to himself and the rest of the space was shared by other artists.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Day turned to night and more people showed up. It kept the bartenders busy and moving.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

ArtOfficial hit the stage and rocked a set of next-level jazz and hip-hop that showed great strength, precision, and lyrical/musical virtuosity.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

And more people kept showing up.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Then seemingly out of nowhere, a steel door rolled up and a guy named Hydra using infrared laser MIDI triggers threw down a set of operatic techno by conducting an orchestra of sound and light on a custom-made arsenal of high-intensity beam shooters.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

And the crowd kept building and building.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Someone tapped the mic and announced that it was Slimkid3 from the Pharcyde's birthday. The fine ladies of The Politix sang to him, and a little girl brought him cupcakes.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Then the group hit the stage and tore it up.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

They played all their classics from the first album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

There were even syncopated dance breaks

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

Many audience members knew every word to every song

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

And there were many smiling faces.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

 

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

The group gave a huge shout-out to Reefa, said "Fuck the police," and wished everyone a good night. It was awesome.

The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap
The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at #JusticeForReefa Benefit: A 50-Photo Recap

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