One of our favorite rappers ever, Jay-Z, was born on December 4th, 1969. This now makes him now 47 years old. To honor
young Hov getting ‘oh so close’ to that half century mark, we look back to a mix DJ Ayres made back in 2009 with a stack of his favorite Jay-Z tunes.
Here is what Ayres had to say back when he released this classic….
Here are a bunch of my favorite Jay-Z songs, mostly album cuts with a few freestyles and secret joints thrown in for good measure. Since Jay “retired” and came back, his music hasn’t sounded as urgent or hungry to me. He sounds like he’s coasting along, so I wanted to go back and pull out a bunch of his music that made you bob your head, marvel at his flow, puff out your chest, or even raise the little hairs on the back of your neck. The feelings you got from songs like “Where I’m From,” “D’Evils,” “1-900-Hustler” and “You Don’t Know.” Not included: #1 singles you’ve heard a million times, lazy one-take flows, lyrics about inventing the button-down shirt, songs dissing rappers who would later be signed to Jay-Z’s label, and songs produced by Eminem.
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This week’s FOTR is the Freedom Party NYC crew. Made up of DJ’s Cosi, Herbert Holler and Marc Smooth…Freedom Party NYC is one of the most acclaimed parties and event series’ New York City has ever had. They do massive events at venues all over the city and stake the claim that they are “NYC’s Longest Running Friday Night Dance Party”. Their accolades include awards and mentions from the likes of Timeout NY, The Village Voice, Papermag and URB Magazine. They’ve also expanded to Chicago and have been running their Midwest incarnation now for 5 years as well.
This Friday sees The Rub and Freedom Party uniting for a massive holiday party at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Advance tickets are only $10 and you can snag em HERE. And while you’re prepping for Friday night, check out the 12 year anniversary mixes from Freedom Party NYC as well as all of their social media links below.
Stay Up With Freedom Party NYC
We’re the first to admit that mOma gets more shine on The Rub blog than pretty much anyone, and we offer no apology, because he consistently does dope shit. We first heard him play these Rihanna remixes (done with Guy Furious) at The Rub Halloween party, and we were sweating them even before we knew he and Guy did them. Uptempo, sort of Soca-meets-UK-Funky beats with Rihanna vocals on top, I mean what’s not to like!?! Download at Bandcamp (Name Your Price)
FOTR this week is Risk One. The Bay Area native unfortunately lost his life to cancer back in September and the DJ community has been mourning his loss ever since. He was immensely loved by his friends and peers and he was always a blast to catch behind the decks. Hollerboard alumni, Crooklyn Clan top seller and working DJ world traveler…he made people smile everywhere he would go. Tonight, many of his friends and loved ones will be gathering to celebrate his life in Dolores Park, San Francisco. We remember him today by sharing his last mix he posted and all of his links below. RIP Marques Lewis aka Risk One.
Stay Up With DJ Risk One
TNN is back this week after a week off and we’re officially closing out November as well as getting so close to the end of this tumultuous year. Some big guns have unloaded with new releases in the last week or so and there definitely seems to be a feel of nostalgic sounds in the air, at least in the pop world. First up this week is a new one from The Weeknd’s polarizing new LP. “A Lonely Night” is one of the many contributions from Max Martin on the album and easily one of the stand out cuts (*EDIT-Full album from The Weeknd has been added*). Next is a last week hold over from the retro fitted new (super short) Bruno Mars full length. “Finesse” sounds like it’s straight out of the Bell Biv Devoe catalog. Finally, we’ve got a cut from the recently dropped collab EP from Gucci Mane and Lil Uzi Vert. Stream all 3 in full below.
Not sure if 9 PM or 10 PM and we are still working on a flyer BUT if you want to go ahead and buy a ticket, we’d love to see you!
Get stuffed! This year we’re thankful for our friend Rok One, who gave us this cornucopia of plenty for Rub Radio.
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FOTR this week is our special guest again this upcoming Saturday, Rok One. Rok is simply a staple of NY nightlife and one of our favorite djs in the city. He’s been a guest of The Rub too many times to count now and it’s always a pleasure to have him play with us because he’s such a solid DJ! Whether it’s rocking at The Woods, private events all over the city or knocking out original productions with his Black Russian project, Rok is always bringing the goods. Case in point…check out Rok’s latest mix below and make sure to stay up with all of his relevant socials.
Stay Up With Rok One
TNN is back in the fold this week after a week off and we’ve got some big records to share with you. It was literally a challenge to limit it to just 3 this week but here goes. First up is the official video to A Tribe Called Quest’s “We The People”, the lead single to their first LP in 18 years that went straight to #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Next, we’ve got a surprisingly great new sound to feature from Childish Gambino. He’s apparently ditched the rap in favor of some Prince and Funkadelic type vibes and the results are shockingly very dope. Finally, we’ve got a favorite album cut from the recently released new LP from Justice. Stream all 3 in full below.