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Review: Webster Hall House Party 4.24.14

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When it comes to hip hop music, New York City may know a thing or two. Earlier this month, the folks at Webster Hall decided to bring back big hip hop parties in the Big Apple with its weekly event entitled House Party. While Kid 'N Play were nowhere to be found, the event does cater to hip hop fans of every spectrum.

The Marlin Room was somewhat empty around 11:00pm, but the bumping rap tracks created a monstrous vibe which had people dancing their way inside the venue. DJs Vashtie and DJ Sober stirred things up with 80s and 90s hip hop and R&B tracks like Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It", A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation" and Luniz's "I Got 5 On It". Some current cuts, such as Too $hort's "Blow The Whistle" and Big Boi's "Shutterbugg", were mixed in with ease.

It almost felt like being transported back to 1992 for a moment. The flyer for the event stated "flat tops never pay", and a lot of guys obviously took advantage of it. The one thing about the event which is refreshing is that everyone felt welcomed. It didn't matter if it was a suit and tie guy coming from a stressful day at work, a ballet dancer that wanted to display her moves to the sounds of Cypress Hill or an old couple engaging in ballroom dancing to some of their favorite jams.

The party wasn't just in the Marlin Room; folks who headed downstairs to The Studio were greeted by DJ Sliink and Dirty South Joe spinning a plethora of trap, club and bass music. While the tunes weren't as lyrically engaging as old school hip hop, Asap Ferg's track "Dump Dump" is a prime example, the crowd packed the 300 capacity room with balloons, some fierce dance moves and copious amounts of dry humping in front of the DJ booth. Many folks that went down to take a peek quickly jetted back upstairs.

The balcony lounge didn't stray away from the party vibes, either. Fans of reggae music grooved all night as DJ Select and The Large spun some classic tunes as well as some underground jams.

The Grand Ballroom opened up around one in the morning, and almost everyone made their way to dance in bigger spaces. The musical offering was a nice mixture of modern hip hop (TeeFlii's "This D") and the classics (Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice"). Missing from that night's festivities was Paterson, New Jersey DJ Just Blaze, who was unfortunately spending the evening in the hospital. Spinning some infectious jams was Young Guru, a man that has been a part of several music careers, including Jay-Z, Beyonce and Mariah Carey.

Overall, the House Party is for a hip hop aficionado's dream. Even if you've strayed away from the genre, you'll find yourself singing along to some classic hits. Those who don't necessarily connect with the genre are welcomed, too. There's no discrimination at all; the DJs just want you to get down. House Party rocks Webster Hall every Thursday from 10pm-4am. (Terrance Pryor)