Beat Street event brings hip-hop culture to East Village

Beat Street, presented by Party Naked, is going down from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.19 at Quartyard in East Village. The collective event is designed to showcase and celebrate the four elements of hip-hop: the turntablist, the emcee, art and dance.

The event will bring an East Coast vibe to Quartyard, with the goal of taking attendees back to the Bronx of the 90s, when hip-hop flourished. For many East Village residents, who grew up and embraced hip-hop during that time, Beat Street will provide the ultimate celebration of hip-hop culture.

DJ Jam, former tour DJ for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, will perform the ultimate live DJ set. Iconic rapper Twista, known for his chopper style of rapping and hits such as "Slow Jamz" and "Overnight Celebrity," will take the stage in what's sure to be a high-energy performance. During Twista's set, artist Pako Pablos will be creating a large, life-like painting influenced by the energy of the crowd. Throughout, some of Southern California's best B-boys, or breakdancers, will show off their skills.

In addition to the turntablist, emcee, art and dance, Beat Street will integrate other concepts that are integral to hip-hop culture, including fashion, basketball, street musicians and more. The streetwear brand Anybody Gets It will also have a pop-up shop.

Quartyard is the perfect venue for an event like Beat Street - since opening in March 2015, the urban park has been welcomed by trendy East Village. Repurposed shipping containers around the perimeter of the space are used for a coffee shop, eatery and bar, creating a local hangout. It's hosted a variety of events, ranging from concerts to farmers markets. Party Naked is excited to bring Beat Street to Quartyard and celebrate all aspects of hip-hop.

Tickets are $10 in advance ($20 at the door) and are available at beatstreetsd.com. Use the promo code PACIFIC for 20 percent off tickets.

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