4

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

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

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

The girl in the blue was selling cupcakes.

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

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

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

Across the alley, graffiti...

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And more people kept showing up.

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.

And the crowd kept building and building.

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.

Then the group hit the stage and tore it up.

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

There were even syncopated dance breaks

Many audience members knew every word to every song

And there were many smiling faces.

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

Follow Crossfade on Facebook and Twitter @Crossfade_SFL.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.