The Rub’s Hip-Hop History 2002 Mix by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud

#TBT this week to The Rub’s History of Hip Hop mix from 2002, the year in which The Rub was conceived. Of course, leave the 2002 version of this series to be one of our favorites. Seriously though, 2002 was an amazing year for rap with Cam’ron’s Rocafella debut, Clipse flipping everyone on their ear with their first officially released LP, Scarface dropped a classic in The Fix and so many of the big party cuts became instant classics…all of which helped build the foundation that became The Rub then and now, 15 years later. Revisit this stellar mix with a stream above or a download below.

History of Hip-Hop 2002 (Mixed By DJ Eleven) (right-click, save as)
artwork by Rhek (Sharks & Hammers)

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FOTR: Goapele

Words by DJ Eleven:

Goapele and The Rub go back like babies and pacifiers. We’ve been friends since before “Closer” reached undeniable classic status, before we remixed “Hey Boy”, before she just dropped her 5th and newest release “Dreamseeker”, and before she broke down “Stand” from her new album for Song Exploder. Like every single one of her releases, “Dreamseeker” is beautiful, honest, and thoughtful, and her commitment to social justice hasn’t wavered. We’re bummed we missed her in NYC a couple months ago but she’s doing shows across the country this summer and fall, so keep an eye on her social media and be sure you don’t make the same mistake.

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7.17 – That New New

TNN this week keeps the summer hot with a trifecta of fresh new tunes for your eardrums. First up is a super interesting collaboration from Lana Del Rey featuring A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti that sounds like a train wreck on paper but the finished product (featured on her brand new LP) is pretty dang solid. Next up is a new one from Bobby Raps’ new LP “Mark” that recently dropped. The Minnesota native continues to blur the lines and definitely has mainstream appeal…but absolutely prefers to keep it weird and underground. Lastly, we’ve got a swanky dancefloor ready remix of SZA’s “The Weekend” from Zikomo, who’s been making a habit of keeping his flips super fun and funky as of late. Stream all 3 in full below.

#TBT – DJ Ayres – DJ Ayres’ Laboratory

DJ Ayres’s Laboratory by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

TBT this week back to one of the mixes Ayres dropped as a series with the insanely talented Mike 2600 designing all the cover art. This week, we go back to DJ Ayres’ Laboratory set that’s loaded with catchy indie dance tunes, remixed pop gems, snap rap classics and some tastefully turnt levels sprinkled in for good measure. Mixed with the touch that only Ayres can provide. Revisit this in full with the stream and download below.

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FOTR: YehMe2

FOTR this week is YehMe2. You may recognize him as the guy who publicly left Flosstradamus after a decade plus of being in that very influential project. This past week showcased the release of his 2nd mixtape to honor this solo departure, as it’s now been a year since the seemingly amicable split. It’s always fascinating to see someone break out on their own from a successful group project and “Steal This Mixtape 2” sounds like a solo artist coming into their own. Stream this nu nu in full below and click some links to keep up with all things YehMe2.

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7.10 – That New New

TNN keeps right on trucking as the weather is letting us know consistently now that summer is in full swing. More new audios heaters reached our ears again this week, per usual, and here’s just a few of the ones that caught our interest. First up, and admittedly a couple weeks late on this one, is a new single from The-Dream featuring Fabolous. Dream and Fab doing what they do best and this time it’s over a summery dancehall flavored beat making for an extremely addicting track. Next up is a new one from Rhye, who’s back with a couple new tunes after an extended hiatus. More dreamy emo pop here proving a good formula doesn’t always need to be tampered with. Lastly, is a new heat rock from Dizzee Rascal. The original O.G. Grime MC is slowly leaking out new material from his forthcoming LP and “Wot U Gonna Do” feels like this legend still has something interesting left in the tank. Stream/view all 3 in full below.

#TBT – Rub Radio – July 2013

TBT this week goes back 4 years to our anniversary Rub Radio mix from July 2013. Lots of bangers on this mix and some unfortunately have become a bit forgotten in a very short amount of time. You’ve got a now trap classic from Key’s N Krates, Grandtheft and Skratch Bastid’s fantastic “Miley” tune, Drake’s quiet anthem in “The Motion”, one of the best tunes from Yeezus, a underrated hit from JT and a couple of Rub tune sightings as well. Summer is (FINALLY) in full effect and it’s about to be that time to celebrate The Rub turning 15. Stream and download below.

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The Rub – Feel You ft. Misun & Lil Fame (Marco Polo Remix)
Rick Ross – Oil Money Gang ft. Jadakiss
Jadakiss – Big Boy Dialogue ft. The-Dream
El-P & Killer Mike – Banana Clipper ft. Big Boi
French Montana – Fuck What Happens Tonight ft. Mavado, Khaled & Scarface
Keys N Krates – Dum Dee Dum
RL Grime – Heard Me
Grandtheft & Skratch Bastid – Miley
Nick Catchdubs – Business ft. IAMSU! & Jay Ant
E.U. – Da Butt
Wale – Clappers ft. Nicki Minaj & Juicy J
Juicy J – Bounce It ft. Wale & Trey Songz
Migos – Hannah Montana
The Melker Project – Holy Grail Boss ft. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake & Mimosa
Drake – The Motion ft. Sampha
Kanye – Hold My Liquor ft. Chief Keef
Superprince – Say It
Justin Timberlake – Take Back The Night
DJ Eleven & Mike Baker the Bike Maker – Lucky
Jay-Z – BBC ft. Nas
Breakbot – You Should Know ft. Ruckazoid
Nicos Gun – Dirty (DJ Apt One Remix)

7.3 – That New New

So Summer is officially here and TNN is here on this holiday Monday (in the U.S.) to bring you some big guns dropping big new records. There’s been a flood of new heat from some superstar acts of late and here’s 3 standout ones to kick off your week. First up is the latest single from the new Calvin Harris LP that just dropped, loaded with a gang of top shelp cameos. “Feels” alone features Pharrell, Big Sean and Katy Perry on the hook. Next is a crazy new video and song from Tyler, The Creator and ASAP Rocky. Super rugged tune and the video is definitely geared to inspire a reaction. Finally is the latest from Vince Staples, who just dropped his 2nd LP and it’s really phenomenal. Immediately in the running for album of the year for sure, at least in our humble opinion. Check out all 3 videos below.

#TBT – DJ Eleven – Canadian Bacon

Serious throwback this week from DJ Eleven for TBT. Going back to the tail end of the 00’s for his Canadian Bacon Mix. This was a promo mix done for Beat Street Records in Vancouver and one quick listen feels like a time warp back to the heyday of the Hollerboard. And Eleven’s Bay Area influence is all over this thing, especially in the first 20 mins or so. Throwbacks from the likes of Rick James, James Brown and Rolling Stones make an appearance. Give this super fun mixtape a re-listen (or first listen) today. Stream up top and free download below.

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