5.22 – That New New


It’s Monday and you know what that means – new music! Miami’s Bruno Mali Kidd just dropped a new tape last week, M.A.D.E. His gruff, rapid-fire flow is complemented by features from Rick Ross, Raheem Devaughn and Ace Hood. Burial has a new EP coming out on 5/26. Both Subtemple and Beachfire are hypnotic ambient soundtracks to your next overdose. If this one is too deep for your tastes, try his remix of Goldie’s classic “Inner City Life” which dropped last month. Thes One and DJ Day have a new EP of groovy instrumental hip-hop and scratching recorded live, with the former on the MPC and the latter on the crossfader. It’s a free download, with vinyl to come. That about does it for today, but watch out for more new music on Rub Radio tomorrow!

The Rub April 2017


The Rub March 2017

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Saturday, March 25
The Rub
DJ Ayres, DJ Eleven & Cousin Cole in the big room
#FOMOPARTY (Tap.10, Darling Chuck & Durian Qing) in the Frontier room
Door by Rahnon
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY
$10 before 12, $15 after

Rub Radio February 2017

Rub Radio is back with new music from 2 Chainz, Kingdom and Post Malone and more. Plus Ayres & Eleven play some classics featuring Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s drummer), Junie Morrison (keyboards for Ohio Players and Parliament) and David Axelrod, all of whom passed away in February.

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Migos – Kelly Price ft. Travis Scott
Post Malone – Cold
2 Chainz – Here We Go Again
mOma + Guy – Rain Drop
Kingdom – Nothin ft. Syd
Lindstrøm – Closing Shot
Tensnake – Tazaar
Eli Escobar – Phreeky
Rihanna – Needed Me (B. Cause Instant Funk Mix)
James Brown – Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved / Funky Drummer
Ohio Players – Funky Worm
Childish Gambino – Redbone
David Axelrod – Holy Thursday

Photos: The Rub x Grits & Biscuits

On Friday, February 3, Grits & Biscuits and The Rub threw a big party at Irving Plaza and raised $2000 for the ACLU! Photographers Stephen and ShoShots took some great photos:








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Gallery: The Rub x Grits & Biscuits by Stephen (Life Round Here)

Gallery: The Rub x Grits & Biscuits by ShoShots

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2/3/17: The Rub x Grits & Biscuits

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We’re very excited to announce that we’re throwing a huge party with the legendary Grits & Biscuits this Friday at Irving Plaza! If you’re feeling like we are, recent events in Washington have brought on a great deal of stress and anxiety. As we fight the good fight we also need a mental break for rejuvenation. Two of the best parties in NYC are joining forces to bring the village together on the dance floor, to escape through good music and good vibes with good people! It matters not your ethnicity, religion, sexuality, income, or race. Join Grits & Biscuits and The Rub as we clock out of the madness to celebrate ourselves and support those on the front lines! And to put our money where our mouth is, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

Who: All who need a mental break
What: CLOCK’N O.U.T (Over U Trump!)
When: Friday Feb 3rd – 10pm
Where: Irving Plaza – 17 Irving Place
Why: Turn on the news!

Tickets are $20 and are on sale here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00005234E7909AED You must be 21+ with a valid ID for entry. All sales are general admission tickets and final.

Rub Radio Jan 2017: Dirtyfinger & Brent Tactic

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This month our homies Brent Tactic and Dirtyfinger take over Rub Radio!  They’re both DJing with us at the party on Saturday, so here is a little taste of how it’s going down at The Bell House this weekend.

tracklist after the jump
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Best Dance Party of 2016

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“Somehow the geniuses behind the Rub have managed to bring quality partygoing to New York music lovers for over fourteen years.”


Hip-Hop Evolution


This documentary series on Netflix is so fucking dope! If you know us at all, you know we’re obsessive old school hip-hop fans, and Hip-Hop Evolution just gets it right. Shad interviews all the legends from the beginning of hip-hop in the seventies through the commercial explosion of gangsta rap in the late eighties. So much classic hip-hop music and really terrific storytelling and editing, the whole package has us hype!

Watch it now: https://www.netflix.com/title/80141782

And when you finish binge watching Hip-Hop Evolution, dig into our History of Hip-Hop mix series.



JD at The Rub, 2006ish, by Ian Meyer.

Over the weekend, our good friend Jason Dozier passed away. JD was a fixture at The Rub; he DJed a handful of times and connected us with a lot of DJs and artists from his native Texas, many of whom we’re still close with nearly 15 years later. We’ll remember him as a big-hearted, smart, sarcastic, generous, stubborn, kind and loving friend.

“JD and I recorded the Houston for Dvmmies mixtape at the height of the Houston rap invasion (2004/2005), when the biggest songs on the radio all over the US were Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones and Chamillionaire. We looked back at the history of Houston rap (and a little Port Arthur), digging into JD’s deep crates and selecting the absolute best jams. Truth be told, he brought 90% of the music, and my role was more like a producer, putting together the mix with him in my home studio on multitrack, and recording and placing the drops (Matt Sonzala and Roxy Cottontail hosted a big Houston rap show during CMJ that year, where we got access to a bunch of the rappers for drops).”

“Although he was a succesful DJ in Texas – ask anyone who was in Houston in the 90s about Cabo Fridays – when he moved to New York, JD started working for a law firm full time, traveling all over the country as an A/V technician in court cases. So this CD wasn’t meant to take him to the next level as a DJ, or make a bunch of money, it was just a fun thing to share the music he loved. But for me, it started a ball rolling that would lead to DJing on tour with Bun B. I’m forever grateful for JD’s friendship, and for his bringing us into his world – like I remember distinctly that he told us when we were going to Austin for SXSW we had to look up his old partner DJ Mel, who became another of our closest friends. He was that dude, a connector. I miss him so much.” – Ayres


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