5.26 – Skip-the-line Tickets

We’ve got 50 more skip-the-line tickets available now for tomorrow night’s party at The Bell House. $15 (all in…no fees) jumps you right past the line and straight through the door to the festivities. If you can’t get any of these tickets in time, don’t worry…there will be plenty of tickets at the door. Special guests this month are SZN SLT and Dirtyfinger. We hope to see you all tomorrow night!


The Rub May Flyer

Saturday, May 26
The Rub
DJ Eleven & DJ Ayres
special guests:
and Dirtyfinger
Door by Rahnon
The Bell House
149 7th Street, BK, NY
$10 before midnight, $15 after
Door by Rahnon


Our other guests this month for the May edition of The Rub are repping a relatively new party, SZN SLT. This crew is made up of Donwill and Meka, 2 names that have been around and making waves for a long time now. You may have seen Donwill play a show with his rap group, Tanya Morgan, or DJing for basically every single comedy show in Brooklyn. He’s also a co-host of the monthly event “Shouting at The Screen” with Wyatt Cenac at Alamo Drafthouse as well as being the music supervisor for Wyatt’s HBO show, “Problem Areas”. Meka is a co-founder of 2DopeBoy, one of the best rap music and culture blogs ever. He’s also a very prolific DJ on the party circuit and is constantly dropping killer mixtapes like the one streaming below. Check out some links on these fellas and don’t miss their takeover in the front room of The Bell House this Saturday!

Stay Up With SZN SLT:

Donwill Facebook
Donwill Twitter
Meka Twitter
Donwill Soundcloud
Meka Mixcloud
Donwill Instagram
Meka Instagram

FOTR: Dirtyfinger

One of our special guests this month for The Rub is NY DJ Dirtyfinger. He’s one of the hardest working and most active folks in the Brooklyn DJ scene and seems to always be rocking somewhere extremely fun whether it’s House of Yes, Tender Trap, Mad Tropical, Bembe or even overseas backing up the one and only Zebra Katz. He’s guaranteed to be playing somewhere in BK every week. And this Saturday he’ll be rocking with us at The Bell House for the May edition of The Rub. Check his recent live radio mix for WHCR 90.3 FM below for some worldly flavors. And make sure to click some links and give him a follow on the socials as well.

Stay Up With Dirtyfinger:


TNN 5.22.18

A new film series comes to Alamo Drafthouse, presented in conjunction with us, The Rub! Having taken the party around the world, moved umpteen records, CDs, and mixes, and released hundreds of episodes of Rub Radio, we are building on our legendary mix series – The History of Hip-Hop – by curating some great hip hop films. We’ll be showing our next film on Thursday, June 7.

Released 25 years ago in May of 1993, Menace II Society was the directorial debut of the Hughes Brothers (twins Allen & Albert – directors of cult classic Dead Presidents). Set in it Watts, CA, Menace tells the story of Caine (Tyrin Turner) and O-Dog’s (Larenz Tate) struggles against the racism, drugs, and violence that gripped the LA area at the time. The film stars a pre-Fresh Prince Jada PInkett and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as an amazing roster of West Coast rappers, including MC Eiht, Too $hort, and Saafir.

After the screening, join us for more music, dancing and drinking at the House of Wax!


TNN 5.7.18

Childish Gambino – This is America

Donald Glover is a magnetic actor and the best way to experience this song is to watch the video, which elevates the concept to a powerful, unflinching work of political art. The internet is awash with thinkpieces but if you need this explained to you, it’s likely you’re not really trying to see the message anyway. On a scale of one to It Takes A Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back, “This is America” is an 11.

Rae Sremmurd – SR3MM / Swaecation / Jxmtro

This new triple album is being called Rae Sremmurd’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and we can see that, because each brother ostensibly has his own disc, in addition to the group disc. SR3MM is the group record and has the most features and the biggest radio singles, EG Powerglide. Swaecation, naturally, features more R&B songs because Swae Lee is the singer and hook svengali, while Jxmtro showcases Slim Jxmmi’s raps (and Mike Will’s more adventurous rap beats). But despite the different styles on display between the solo records, the Outkast comparison feels more like a PR box than an honest impression. As a group, Rae Sremmurd still compliment one another perfectly, and they’re still all over each other’s records, whereas “The Love Below” especially felt like Andre 3000 evolving beyond Outkast as a rap group into a weird pop singer, no longer the quirky rap hitmaker of So Fresh, So Clean. But Rae Sremmurd are just a few years into their domination, still at the height of their powers, and show no sign of drifting apart. Honestly this week’s That New New could be us talking about Rae Sremmurd BUT there is so much great new music out right now, we’re going to keep it moving.

Amber Mark – Conexáo EP

Speaking of variety! Even though the texture on this EP is very consistent – latin percussion, lush keyboards and Mark’s confident, charismatic vocals – the breadth of songs is such that each one stands out in its own way. “All The Work” especially resonates with us because it is dancey, but all four songs, including her cover of Sade’s “Love is Stronger Than Pride” are truly great.

Labrinth, Sia, Diplo present LSD – Genius

“Genius” is the debut of a new supergroup comprised of Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, and it’s an epic, arch song. If anyone has the power to elevate Sia beyond Rihanna soundalike radio songs (to be fair she wrote “Diamonds”), it’s Diplo, and Labrinth is no newcomer, having scored a huge hit with Tinie Tempah all the way back in 2010.

Listen to all these plus new music from Tove Styrke and Jessie Reyez on our TNN Spring 2018 playlist:

To get pumped up for our Belly screening and afterparty, we’ve been gathering up all the songs with Hype Williams music videos. Hype has directed something like 200 clips since 1991 – he’s done 20 videos with Kanye West alone. So to keep the mix from being 10 hours long, we focused on his mid to late 90s output, basically the Belly era. And it’s a real meaningful time for us, as we went from rocking house parties to playing primetime slots in New York clubs along this same timeline.

We are screening Belly at The Alamo in Brooklyn on Thursday, May 10 to launch their our film series. And after the movie, DJ Eleven and DJ Ayres will be spinning a special set of 90s hip-hop, R&B and dancehall records at The House of Wax, inside The Alamo and free to the public! Even if you missed getting a ticket for the movie, you can still come drink and party with us from around 8:45 on, at 445 Albee Square West.


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