On Thursday night, in the basement of a Wall street banking institution, hundreds gathered for the popular underground party LESbeat. Mike Jones, Petey Pablo and Mystikal brought their regional sounds together in an intimate performances that played on the nostalgia of the the twenty somethings in attendendance. Now in its 4th year, the party’s creator Matt Levine teamed up with Redbull to bring a signature party to some of New York’s most influential people.
The previous LESbeat was held in January, and featured performances from Matt and Kim, the LOX, and Naughty by Nature, in a Chinatown restaurant that doubled as an event space. In order to gain access to these exclusive events, people had to pick up tickets from various stores in the Lower East Side and SoHo neighborhoods. Attendees lined up in the cold, hours before the event. Fueled by secrecy the party became more and more popular as people took to social media looking for tickets in the days before. Donations were also collected at the door to benefit the Lower East Side Girl’s Club.
Mike Jones took the stage apologizing for his absence from the rap scene, before going through his iconic catalog, performing hits “Back Then” and “Need a Dime.” Jones closed off his set with a performance of this latest Single “Hit it Again”
North Caroliona MC, Petey Pablo, came out in a fur coat, to “Raise Up” with the iconic “Who am I??” refrain, wining the crowd over almost immediatley. Going on the perform “Goodies” by the time he closed with his infamous single,”Freak-A-Leak” its was clear Pablo was remembering his experiences with each of the women listed on the track, more than he has recting lyrics to a song.
Mystikal closed out the party in his first New York City show since returning home from prison in 2010. Addressing the crowd he said, “Some of you might not know me but I bet your mother does.” Opening with “It aint my fault,” before going through some of his newer songs; Mystikal struggled at times to connect with his the audience. Halfway through the set after some urging from Levine, the rapper went back in his discography to “Move Bitch” “Shake Ya Ass” and “Danger.”
Before leaving the stage, Mystikal turned and reassured the crowd, “I told you:’you heard my shit before’ ”