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Hip-hop innovators drop in

Richard Gilmore

Good music is timeless and infectious.

It breaks down all the borders in your mind and it transcends everything if you let it.

A fan of the hard-core rock ‘n’ roll acts at the 1994 Lollapalozza didn’t know what to expect from the Pharcyde when his friends dragged him to the second stage.

The music was boasting with jazz driven beats and catchy hooks. They were all over the stage, feeding off the crowd’s energy.

“Ruffin and Kendricks, man,” a friend said after the show. “That’s the group.”

Ruffin and Kendricks, also known as Derrick “Fatlip” Stewart and Tre “Slimkid” Hardson were half of the innovative hip-hop group The Pharcyde. The two other players, Imani and Bootie Brown, continue to record and tour under the name The Pharcyde.

Fatlip and Hardson are working with former Pharcyde producer J-Swift and are touring the West Coast, including a stop Friday, Nov. 2 at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon.

The Pharcyde and a handful of other hip-hoppers went against the grain which at the time was the South Central Los Angeles sound and style focusing on social issues and discontent. The Pharcyde offered a light-hearted and witty perspective of their everyday life. Call it alternative hip-hop.

Hardson promises to treat fans to a night of old classics on Friday.

They might “pull somebody out of the crowd to do some Pharcyde lyrics,” he said.

Hardson said “The Over 30, Dirty Old Man Tour” has been an overwhelming success and the crowds have been hyped.

“(Everyone should) be prepared for a good time,” he said.

Hardson and Fatlip will be accompanied by Omni, Nathan Nice, Simple Mathematics and D.J. Cee Brown.

It will be a night full of surprises, Hardson warns “You never know what to expect. Fatlip is like Andy Kaufman.”

Like that fan at Lollapalozza, you might walk in not expecting anything and walk out being a fan.

“Just keep an open mind,” Hardson said.

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