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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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
FOTR this week is Kevlove, who is also our special guest this Saturday at The Bell House. He’s a Jersey City native and has been embedded in the burgeoning culture that’s been developing there. Any quick glance at Kev’s socials and you see that he’s loaded up with a number of gigs every single week whether in Jersey or NY/BK. What’s got us so hyped on him playing The Rub this Saturday is the way he rocks a set. His M.O. is really encapsulated in this quote: “What is most important to me in DJing or any project I undertake is to genuinely have the love for it. This foundation is imperative because everything else after falls into place – people begin to see your vision, you start connecting and building relationships, and opportunity begins to present itself.” PREACH. You can get a quick feel for his vibe on the decks with his fresh edition of Rub Radio he just dropped for us last week below. Stay up with him as well on all the socials and we’ll see you all on Saturday at The Bell House.
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FOTR this week is Annie Mac. She’s one of the most prominent radio DJ personalities in the world and who can really imagine BBC Radio 1 without her. Over the last decade, she’s made a name for herself off the air as well as a club dj, tastemaker, talent-finder and just an overall champion of new music. Over the last couple of years, she’s launched her own festival (AMP Lost & Found) and released her debut compilation album last year. Maybe this As she continues to be a trailblazer, she’s still holding down her weekly shows at BBC Radio 1 Monday – Friday. Last night featured a magnificent interview with Four Tet that you check below. Make sure to click some links and stay connected as well. Maybe she’ll bring back Free Music Monday’s at some point as well. 🙂
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We’ve got a legendary FOTR this week in Kenny Dope. He’s a 25 plus year veteran in the music game, a Grammy Winning producer, one half of the iconic Masters At Work and a sinister dj. As house music continues to have another resurgence/moment in the sun, it’s been great seeing this dude staying busy playing club gigs and festivals all over the world. He’s also still got the magic touch with the originals and remixes he’s still dropping every now and again. Check out his fire mix for RinseFM below from late July and stay up with Kenny on all the socials.
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FOTR this week is Prince Klassen. He’s a regular guest at The Rub and a top shelf FOTR if there ever was one. He moved out of NY at the end of 2016 and there was a short time where it was unknown if he was going to maintain his presence out our monthly event at The Bell House. Thankfully, things have settled in on a bit of normalcy and Prince Klassen has been a part of almost every Rub party so far in 2017. With his regularly scheduled monthly visits now, he’s been playing other parties and keeping up with his Wild Combinations Mix series out at Lot Radio. Check out his most recent mix below and click on some of his socials to keep tabs with our bud.
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FOTR this week is the dj and production duo Oliver. U-Tern and Oligee linked together in LA many years ago and started off with a bang, releasing 80’s influenced funky disco tunes and remixes for the likes of Juan Atkins, Chromeo, Breakbot and many others. They quickly earned a strong reputation for their production prowess and dj sets and have traveled all over the world playing clubs and festivals alike. This past Friday saw the long awaited release of their debut full length record, which you can stream below in full. Give them a follow on all the relevant socials linked as well.
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FOTR (Friends of the Rub) this week and this month’s special guest is NY’s own Sammy Needlz. Sammy is Producer/DJ/doer-of-all and is a decade plus staple at Shade45 on SiriusXM with fellow FOTR Statik Selectah. He’s also traveled all around the world to rock various different club scenes and recently he’s started to spread his wings as a budding tour manager for a steady roster of top shelp EDM talent. Over the past several years, he’s also started to heavily focus on working in the studio and being involved with the creation of original music, whether it’s his own or his A&R efforts on a number of current projects. Behind the decks though is his ultimate safe space and we’re expecting him to really come with it on Saturday at the Bell House. So make sure and pop in the front room to check out what this dude can bring to the tables. For now, check is his latest mix for DJ City below.
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FOTR this week is the team that is Fool’s Gold Records. Founded by A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs and Dust La Rock (RIP) in 2007, they’ve branded themselves as a true innovator and tastemaker in terms of the music they release and how they present themselves as an entity in the music business. They’ve always been super supportive of The Rub and we consider them family for it. This coming Saturday is Fool’s Gold Day Off NYC at the Coney Art Walls and features a crazy lineup of acts like Jay Electronica, Flosstradamus, boss man A-Trak, PNB Rock, recently added Trippie Redd and many others. Tickets can still be copped right HERE. Don’t miss it!
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FOTR this week is Anna Lunoe. She’s established herself as a true mogul in dance music after relentless touring, making the Hyperhouse brand explode through her Beats 1 Radio show as well as steadily releasing music with her production work and vocal prowess. In the U.S. alone, she’s gone from playing illegal warehouse raves to less than 100 people in Kansas City close to 10 years ago (I was there) to touring with folks like Jack U and playing every major festival stage you can think of. She closed out a long run of constant touring this past weekend at the 10 year anniversary of HARD Summer while 8 months pregnant. She’s about to take an extended break to have her baby and we wish her and her family the absolute best. Check out her latest single below and make sure to keep up with Anna on all her socials.
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