#TBT – DJ Ayres – The Roots Rare Sides



#TBT this week is a killer recent re-upload from DJ Ayres. Originally made as a Turntable Lab giveaway companion mix for The Roots’ release of “The Tipping Point”, it’s now up on Ayres’ Hearthis.At account for your listening and downloading pleasure. Loaded with tons of their best, more rare records from 2004 and before featuring some remixes, freestyles, Black Thought solo joints and more. Press play on this one asap.

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#TBT The Rub – Going Back To Cali



Right around a decade ago, The Rub did a Summer West Coast tour and commemorated this journey with their very appropriately titled mix, Going Back to Cali. This mix showcases a wide variety of tunes with an obvious homage to a number of artists who have been instrumental in putting the West on the map and continuing that long standing tradition of excellence. The beauty of this mix to me though it never stays in one place stylistically or regionally, and the flow of sample drops in between their modern era flips is all too slick. Revisit this mix with a listen above and see if this doesn’t make you want to hit Cali for an end of summer getaway.

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This week for TBT, we dig deep into The Rub mixtape lore and revisit “The Glamorous Life” mix put together by Eleven and Ayres. It was the first of three and featured classic Boogie / R&B / New Jack Swing cuts from the likes of Sheila E, Bobby Brown, SOS Band, Vanity, Gap Band + so many more. Listen above or download here(right click, save).


#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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Rub Radio – RIP Prodigy



This past Saturday at The Rub, Ayres played a stellar tribute set to Prodigy featuring nothing but cuts from P and Mobb Deep. We also happened to press record and it’s now live for your listening pleasure as a very special edition of Rub Radio. RIP to this true hip-hop legend. Shout out to Mike Davis for the cover art.

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Tracklist:

Mobb Deep – Got It Twisted
Mobb Deep – It’s Mine (ft. Nas)
Mobb Deep – G.O.D. Pt. III
Mobb Deep – Trife Life
LL Cool J – I Shot Ya (ft. Prodigy)
Mobb Deep – Give Up The Goods (ft. Big Noyd)
Mobb Deep – Drink Away The Pain (ft. Q-Tip)
Pete Rock – Tha Game (ft. Prodigy)
Mobb Deep – Drop A Gem On Em
Prodigy – Keep It Thoro
Mobb Deep – Burn (ft. Big Noyd & Vita)
Mobb Deep – Quiet Storm (ft. Lil Kim)
Mobb Deep – Still Shinin’ (DJ Excel Edit)
Mobb Deep – Survival of the Fittest
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Part Two


#TBT – DJ Ayres – Sun Lovers



#TBT this week comes from Ayres and his Sun Lovers reggae and dancehall mix that won a Scion free mix competition several years ago. This is fitting as it’s actually (almost) warm and sunny in NY finally and it’s June. Turn this one up loud as this mix is full of classics new and old and is perfect for this time of here. Revisit this one in full above.

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#TBT – DJ Ayres – Parent Trap



TBT this week to the O.G. Trill Dad, DJ Ayres and his Parent Trap mixtape. Trap Music was all the rage with the kids just a few years ago, but the grown ups were definitely being left out. This mix was made for all the Trill Dads and Twerkin’ Moms so they could join in on the fun! It’s always been time to get Grown and Trappy as DJ Ayres mixed the biggest and best in adult contemporary electronic trap music, including music by Diplo, Miguel, Keys N Krates, Ryan Hemsworth, RL Grime, The Rub, Sinjin Hawke & Just Blaze. Presented by Mad Decent Worldwide Radio – Ayres was twerkin’ all the mollies! Revisit this banger of a mix in full above.

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The History of Hip Hop 2007 by Brooklyn Radio on hearthis.at

TBT this week to our History of Hip-Hop mix from 2007. Are these tunes really 10 years old at this point? Good lord. So many of these gems were club bangers and were downloaded in masses on the Hollerboard and some of them even got famous on that infamous messageboard. Arguable that B.o.B.’s career was started there, flat earth controversy many years later aside. What an amazing year for rap. Ye, Jay, Benny & Spankrock, Kid Cudi, Dude & Nem, Cool Kids, Kid Sis, Rich Boy, 50 and so much more. Revisit this amazing year for rap with the stream above and free download below.

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Artwork by Rhek for Sharks and Hammers

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#TBT – Ayres & Titties



With Dave Chappelle recently bringing his Lil Jon impression out of retirement, it’s only right we throw it back to 2006! Ayres & Titties mix for Money Studies has officially been re-upped. Baltimore Club forever.

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#TBT – DJ Ayres – Best Of Jay-Z Mixtape



Dj Ayres Best Of Jay Z Mixtape

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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