Listen to all our favorite new music from Winter 2018!

Elsewhere Rooftop 8/19

The Rub with special guest Evil Dee on the Rooftop of Elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY.

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TNN 8/13

New music this week from Apex Twin, Ryan Hemsworth, Naeem (!!!), Ciara and more! WARNING: CONTAINS STROBING

TBT: The Rub European Tour Mix

2006 Tour mix!

The Rub – Internationally Known (Intro)
Brand Nubian – The Travel Jam
The Roots f Peedi – Long Time Coming
Mary J Blige – Gonna Breakthough
Spoonie Gee – The Godfather
Crash Crew – We Are Known as Emcees
The Sequence – Funk You Up
Starski – Live at the Fever
Pitbull ft Lil Jon and Sean Paul – Bojangles remix
B Legit & Too $hort – So International
DJ Eleven – Hyphy megamix
Too $hort & Snoop Dogg – Keep Bouncing
E-40 feat. Keak Da Sneak – Tell Me When To Go
(Cosmo Baker Snakes & Martyrs Remix)
The Bar-Kays – Let’s Have Some Fun
Marvin Gaye – T Plays It Cool
Lupe Fiasco – Pimp Hand (Make Sure)
Level 42 – Starchild
De La Soul – A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturdays
(What Your Life Can Truly Be Mix)
Afrodisiac Sound System – Afroheat 4
West Street Mob – Let’s Dance
Rick James – Ghetto Life (DJ Eleven Remix feat Busta Rhymes)
Bobby LaBeat – Partay People
Smith ‘N Hack – To Our Disco Friends
Tuff Crew – What You Don’t Know
Moby – Love City
Kraftwerk – Tour De France
Masters at Work f. Puppah Ras-T & Denise – Work
(DJ Ayres Chinkuzi remix)
Hollow Point – Infamous
Bounty Killer – Gal Fi Get (Remix)
Samir – Na Na Na
DJ Ayres – La Da Dee
Rick Ross – Hustlin (Sinden remix)
Sinden & Solid Groove – Overbooked
Twista feat. Saigon – Ass Whoop
Trae – Real Talk
KLC – Holla At Me
Ray Cash feat. Scarface – Bumpin My Music Remix
Sean Paul & Mr. Vegas – Hot Gal Today
Beenie Man – Battery Dolly
Sizzla – Give Them The Ride
Tanya Stephens – Handle The Ride
Terror Fabulous – Love Me If You Love Me
GLC – Chi State of Mind

Rub Radio July 2018: Prince Klassen & Run P.

The Rub celebrates our 16th anniversary with guest mixes from Prince Klassen and Run P., who are also playing at the Anniversary party on Saturday. The two guests deftly mix classic funk and jazz with new hip-hop and house.

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Prince Klassen

Drake – Ratchet Happy Birthday
Sly5thAve feat Jimetta Rose – Let Me Ride
EARTHGANG feat Ari Lennox – Nothing But The Best
Daktyl feat Duckwrth – Warpaint
Nipsey Hussle – Hussle In The House
The Game feat Kendrick Lamar – On Me
Sly5thAve – Shiznit
Jean-Jacques Perrey – E.V.A. (Just To Get A Rep Edit)
Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep
Frankie Cutlass – Puerto Rico
Big Pun feat Tony Sunshine – 100%
The Internet – La Di Da (reprise)

Run P.

The J.B.’s – You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be Straight
Vicki Anderson – Message from a Soul Sister
Romare – Work Song
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Rhythm Heritage – Theme From S.W.A.T.
Kaytranada – Track Uno
Simba – Jaywalking
Outkast – Spottieottiedopealicious (Nacey Remix)
Tom Misch – Twinkle
General Ludd – Woo
Ohio Players – Love Rollercoaster

16 Years of Rub Flyers

Logo by Tim Waves, layout by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by Praveen Sharma

Flyer by Mills

Flyer by DJ Eleven

Flyer by DJ Eleven

Flyer by Darryl Sharp

Flyer by Darryl Sharp

Flyer by Rok One

Flyer by Makana Ching

Flyer by Makana Ching

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Art by Timothy Curtis; layout by Makana Ching

Flyer by Makana Ching

Flyer by Makana Ching

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FOTR: Mills

This week for Friends of The Rub we’re showing love to Mills, who has been designing our flyers for the past year and change.  It’s rare to find a designer who is fast, has a ton of fresh ideas which fit our vibe perfectly, and never complains about our nitpicky edit requests, and Mills is all that, plus his flyers always look fly as fuck!  He’s a great DJ and the minimalist flyers for his own parties give us a design boner every week on Instagram.  Here are some of our favorites he’s done for us, plus a few rejected designs which we probably should have used.

Halloween 2017, Clockwork Orange flip with original logo

March 2018, unused Michael J Fox variant with original logo

February 2018, Dumb & Dumber flip with original tongue logo

September 2017, Air Max 1 illustration

November 2017, Seinfeld logo flip with unused Michael Richards illustration (we felt this one was problematic)

January 2018, Seinfeld logo flip with revised idea (Elaine dancing)

August 2017, Slick Rick

June 2018, Phife from A Tribe Called Quest

May 2018, Pharrell Williams

FOTR: Brent Tactic

#bffs on the absolute real and i dont know what i would do without him. #nationalcatday #brentcatpic

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Brent Tactic is spinning at The Rub tomorrow, June 30. Brent is a Taurus, loves cats, and enjoys fine dining and walks on the beach. A music industry professional and seasoned disc jockey, he will amaze and astound with his impeccable selections and skills. You can enjoy Brent’s wit and learn about his many gigs on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter too. And listen to Brent’s mix on Rub Radio right here.

TNN 6.4

We’re running around like chickens with our heads cut off this summer so it’s been a little hard to find the time to write about all the new music coming out, but here is a big old bouillabaisse for you!

Jubilee Presents: Magic City Vol 4

Jubilee’s Magic City series is all about Miami, a city of intersectionality, where dancehall meets freestyle, electro bass meets grime, and the lineups just get better and better. There is a song on here that sounds like The Prodigy and another that sounds like Drexciya, it’s really all over the place in the best way.

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Black Thought – Streams of Thought Vol 1.

Just to get our bias out of the way: Black Thought has alway been the most skilled boring rapper, a very good performer who resonates with music fans who think rap flows peaked with the Juice Crew, and/or people who discovered hip-hop when they saw The Roots on tour supporting Dave Matthews. Imagine a version of The Roots that never collaborated with Rahzel, Scott Storch, Erykah Badu, Peedi Crakk, Jill Scott, Beenie Sigel… so yeah that’s kind of why we don’t normally check for Black Thought solo work, aside from that mind bending 11 minute freestyle he dropped on Funkmaster Flex last December. BUT you know what, this EP is pretty good and you’re not us so you might really love it! WTF do we know?

The Internet – Come Over

God, imagine being as effortlessly good at music as The Internet! We honestly love everything they do.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Age Of

Super minimal, experimental electronic music, like if Aphex Twin was drugs, this would be the come down. Super chill and interesting.

All this plus Tierra Whack, J Hus and new Drake on our TNN Q2 playlist:


If you’re wondering why Kanye West and Pusha T’s albums didn’t make it into TNN, there are a few reasons, primarily that the music would have to be banging as fuck to make up for all the nonsense Kanye’s been spouting for the last 6 weeks. There’s so much great music coming out right now, so there’s really no reason to feed into that TMZ Hollywood reality shitshow. Meaghan Garvey’s review on Pitchfork says it so much better than we can:

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: