FOTR: Statik Selektah



Veteran dj/producer Statik Selektah is our FOTR (Friend of The Rub) this week as he celebrates the release of his latest solo album, 8. This dude just continues to stay out there and busy at all times. Multiple radio show residencies (including his current stay at Shade45), now 8 star-studded solo albums and too many collaborative projects to really count have all contributed to this consistent hustle. With features from the likes of Run The Jewels, G-Eazy, Curren$y, 2 Chainz, Joey Bada$$, The Lox and so many others, 8 is out now and you can stream 6 tunes from it below.

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FOTR: Nick Hook



FOTR this week is Nick Hook. This producing chameleon has a new project, 50 Backwoods, dropping next week with DJ Earl on Fool’s Gold and it’s shaping up to be an interesting release. The killer first single featuring vocals from Wiki just dropped last week. Nick and Earl are also heading out on a tour starting this week and hitting 9 cities total through the 23rd. Make sure to peep this new single and project (album is due this Friday!) and catch Nick out on tour.

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FOTR: DJ Craze



FOTR this week is one of the baddest (if not THE baddest) DJ on the planet. The resume should be well known already but this dude is as technically gifted on the decks as it gets. 3X solo DMC champ in a row (the only DJ to ever to accomplish that feat), multiple team titles with The Allies and a stack of Youtube vids showing off his skills that millions and millions of views. Not to mention his continued push to play and feature the dopest and most forward thinking turn up anthems in his sets. He’s also one of the dudes running Slow Roast Records, which is an imprint that’s been cranking out killer content for years now. Catch this recent showcase of skills, next level tunes and some Slow Roast catalog in Craze’s amazing Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 from a couple weeks ago. You’ve got just under 3 weeks to stream this bad boy. Check it out and link with Craze on all the socials outlined below.

DJ Craze – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

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FOTR: DJ Velcro



Our first FOTR this week and one of our special guests on at our November edition of #itstherub is Santurce, Puerto Rico’s finest: DJ Velcro.  In addition to being an accomplished MC and producer, Velcro is also a versatile DJ who just smashes parties. If you’re ever in San Juan, PR on a Monday night, you NEED to stop through his long running weekly party.

Check out his most recent single and video below and get ready to hear him rock on Saturday with us at The Bell House!

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FOTR: DJ Riz



FOTR this week is DJ Riz. Riz has reached legendary DJ status in the game and his skills have always been nothing less than WOW inducing. The Crooklyn Clan founder has been a huge influence on our DJing since, well, basically since we started DJing. Easily in our top 5 NYC DJs of all time and it’s dope to see him continually out there working week in and week out. He was just featured on Funk Flex’s 5 mins of Funk just last week and you can peep the video below. Check it out and connect with Riz on all the socials as well.

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FOTR: Zephyr Ann



Our second FOTR this week is our other special guest on Saturday, Zephyr Ann. She’s an active member in all things culture in NY (by way of Cambridge, Massachusetts) and has been active for a number of years now. Whether it’s via her DJing, working at Turntable Lab, contributing think pieces for Okayplayer or teaching youth with the Building Beats team, Zephyr is constantly sharing her voice about things she’s loves in a passionate and proactive way. She’s played rooms all over the city like House of Yes, Good Room, Our Wicked Lady, Mad Tropical and more and we’re so stoked to have her join us for the first time at The Rub for our annual Halloween jump off. Check out a recent mix from her and all her relevant links below and don’t miss her on the decks this Saturday at The Bell House!

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FOTR: DJ Kayper



Our first FOTR this week is DJ Kayper out of the UK. She’s one of the most versatile DJ’s you’ll find anywhere as she has legit turtablist level skill, BBC Radio hosting experience and over the past several years has become an accomplished producer. She’s DJ’d all over the world, performed at festivals such as Coachella and Glastonbury and very recently was a finalist for the first ever Goldie Awards put on by A-Trak and Fool’s Gold. She’ll be making her first ever appearance at The Rub this coming Saturday for our annual Halloween bash and we couldn’t be more excited to have her. Check out her latest EP and all her socials below and don’t miss her set this Saturday at The Bell House!

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FOTR: Chromeo



FOTR this week is Chromeo. These legendary Funk Lordz should be familiar to the readers out there as Dave 1 and P-Thugg have been making ridiculous fun and catchy music for well over a decade now. Their 80’s rooted sound and vibe has caught on in many ways since the heyday of blog house and has progressed to a point where it has transcended pop culture. As a testament to their catalog and history, possibly their most famous album just got a special 10 year anniversary reissue. “Fancy Footwork” has been re-released (as “Fancier Footwork”) with all the official remixes and packaged together with a number of special merch items. You can check out all the new items at their merch shop (click the image below) and stay connected with these guys on all the socials.

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FOTR: DJ Eclipse



Watch this video below of DJ Eclipse tearing it up on Funkmaster Flex’s turntables and you might guess he has a superstar attitude to go with his massive skills, but E is truly the nicest dude in the world. We met him at Fat Beats in the 90s, the brick and mortar epicenter of underground hip-hop, where he was the manager. Despite burning the candle at both ends, co-hosting The Halftime Show and DJing for Non Phixion, Eclipse always greeted us with a smile and a pound, and 20 years later, he’s still that humble, friendly guy. You can still catch him burning up the airwaves with the best hip-hop records you’ve never heard before, on Sirius’ Hip Hop Nation (Rap is Outta Control on Monday nights), and follow him on all the socials:

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We Love You, Stef



DJ Stef’s sudden passing this past Sunday is a huge loss. A big homie to nearly every DJ and hip hop fan in the Bay Area, Stef was unfailingly enthusiastic, supportive, and generous. She started the influential Vinyl Exchange zine in the mid-90s championing a golden era of independent hip hop, impacting the taste of a generation of west coast DJs, and helping launch the careers of a huge number of artists. Stef was also an accomplished graphic designer with a long list of clients, including our dear friend Matthew Africa’s “Yay Game: the Best of E-40”. Always supporting live music, DJs, and her friends, we knew we’d see Stef anytime we stopped through the Bay for a gig.

Our love and support goes out to her husband Serg, her family and friends, and everyone who was touched by her, as we were. We love you, Stef, and miss you already. Give Matthew a hug for us; we’re glad you’ll both have a friend to talk music with