Our next movie showing is SCARFACE and it’s coming up quick on July 5th!

There’s no shortage of iconic films from director Brian De Palma. But 1983’s SCARFACE is its own kind cocaine-dusted brilliance, which is part of what has made it the single most influential film on hip-hop culture. Some 30 years on, this story of the vicious side of the American dream reverberates heavily throughout popular culture — so much so that it’s nearly impossible to even say this movie’s name without conjuring that singular image of Tony Montana brandishing his “little friend.”

That makes it easy to forget there is real movie here that lives up to the hype. Oliver Stone is in top form as screenwriter and director Brian De Palma paints a bloody portrait like no other. Al Pacino is absolutely magnetic as the Cuban exile who quickly moves up the ranks of a drug cartel, displacing its leader while also seducing his woman (an excellent Michelle Pfeiffer). The wealth and power come with costs, and soon Tony finds those he cared for most to be lost to him. Things just get nastier as he tries to stay at the top — and every frame of it is downright electrifying.

After the screening, join us for more music, dancing and drinking at the House of Wax!

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A new film series comes to Alamo Drafthouse, presented in conjunction with us, The Rub! Having taken the party around the world, moved umpteen records, CDs, and mixes, and released hundreds of episodes of Rub Radio, we are building on our legendary mix series – The History of Hip-Hop – by curating some great hip hop films. We’ll be showing our next film on Thursday, June 7.

Released 25 years ago in May of 1993, Menace II Society was the directorial debut of the Hughes Brothers (twins Allen & Albert – directors of cult classic Dead Presidents). Set in it Watts, CA, Menace tells the story of Caine (Tyrin Turner) and O-Dog’s (Larenz Tate) struggles against the racism, drugs, and violence that gripped the LA area at the time. The film stars a pre-Fresh Prince Jada PInkett and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as an amazing roster of West Coast rappers, including MC Eiht, Too $hort, and Saafir.

After the screening, join us for more music, dancing and drinking at the House of Wax!

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A new film series comes to Alamo Drafthouse, presented in conjunction with us, The Rub! Having taken the party around the world, moved umpteen records, CDs, and mixes, and released hundreds of episodes of Rub Radio, we are building on our legendary mix series – The History of Hip-Hop – by curating some great hip hop films. We kick it all off on Thursday, May 10.

The first in the series is the directorial debut – and only feature length film – by legendary music video Hype Williams (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Drake, Missy, Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, 2pac). Released 20 years ago, BELLY features a who’s who of the hip hop world circa 1998, including DMX, Nas, Method Man, and T-Boz in starring roles and cameos by Sean Paul, Mr. Vegas, Ghostface Killah, and AZ. As highly stylized as one of Hype Williams’ music videos, this is a hip-hop movie classic!

After the screening, join us for more music, dancing and drinking at the House of Wax!

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TBT this week to our History of Hip-Hop mix showcasing the heat rocks that dropped in 2008. Hard to believe some of these records are a decade old already but here we are. So many of these styles of indie and commercial rap were starting to blend in 2008 and you can start to understand how open the genre and platforms are in 2018. Check out these classic sounds from Rick Ross, Outkast, Jay-Z, Dilla, Weezy, Yeezy, Jeezy, The Cool Kids and so many others.

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For the second in our “Hip-Hop History: The Producers” mix series we present Organized Noize. Best known for producing almost all the beats on the first Outkast and Goodie Mob records, the trio of Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown also crafted huge commercial hits for TLC, En Vogue, and Ludacris. Their catalog of underground classics for the entire Dungeon Family runs deep. We give you all of that, plus lesser-known songs by Joi, Brandy, Mista. This mix could have easily been twice as long!

Special extended edition with a couple of bonus tracks below:

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TBT today to our History of Hip-Hop Mix from 1997, arguably the best year of hip-hop ever. Some of the best ever laid down some bonafied classics in this 12 month period 20 years ago and they are peppered all over in this mix. Biggie flexed with the release of “Life After Death” right after he was lost to a senseless murder. Wu Tang returned with their second full length as fans were completely obsessed. Gang Starr dropped another classic LP. Master P solidified a full blown No Limit movement with the release of “Ghetto D”. Mase, MF Doom, The Beatnuts, Redman and more solidified their place in the scene with top shelf tunes as well. Check the mix in full below by stream or download.

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We’re launching a new series of Hip-Hop History mixes, highlighting producers. We’re starting with Mike Will Made It, a multiplatinum beatmaker who has crafted hit records over the last 6 years for Future, Ciara, Rae Sremmurd, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Drake, Rihanna, Beyonce – pretty much all the major hip-hop and R&B artists on the radio in this decade. Mike Will has an impressive range of records in his discography, and he’s known for his signature deep 808s bubbling at a slow tempo.

Whose catalog should we dig into for the the next Hip-Hop History: The Producers mix? Let us know at Facebook.com/itstherub and Twitter.com/itstherub.

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Tracklist:

Future – Turn On The Lights
Young Thug – Pacifier
Ace Hood – Bugatti (ft. Rick Ross & Future)
Rick Ross – Tupac Back (ft. Meek Mill)
Kendrick Lamar – DNA
Yo Gotti – Rake It Up (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Mike Will Made it – Bars of Soap (ft. Swae Lee)
Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone
Rae Sremmurd – No Type
Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane)
2 Chainz – No Lie (ft. Drake)
Rihanna – Pour It Up
Beyonce – Formation
Lil Wayne – Love Me (ft. Future & Drake)
Gucci Mane – Richest Nigga In The Room
YB – Lambo
Kanye West – Mercy (ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
Kendrick Lamar – Humble
Schoolboy Q – My Hatin Joint
Ciara – Body Party Remix (ft. Future & B.o.B.)


#TBT this week is another classic year in our History of Hip-Hop mix series. 1995 had so many rappers, crews and overall scenes sprouting in massively creative directions. Wu-Tang solo material was flowing heavy with GZA making serious noise, with Method Man, O.D.B and Raekwon right behind him. 2Pac and Biggie both we’re become dominant voices that everyone was paying attention to and Biggie’s Junior Mafia crew released one of the most quotable tracks of the entire decade in “Get Money”. Luniz, LL Cool J and Pharcyde released bonafide forever hits. TRU, Three 6 Mafia and Outkast made sure the South’s voicing was becoming very loud. And that’s really just scratching the surface.

You can revisit this mix today or come hear a bunch of 90’s classics (and more) from us at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg TONIGHT. Hope to see you there!

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Tracklist:

1. Real Live “Real Live Shit”
2. Smooth Da Hustler “Broken Language” feat. Trigger The Gambler
3. Luniz “I Got 5 On It”
4. Mic Geronimo “Masta I.C.”
5. Q-Ball & Curt Cazal “My Kinda Moves”
6. J-Live “Braggin’ Writes”
7. The Nonce “Bus Stop”
8. B.U.M.S. “Elevation (Free My Mind)”
9. Smif N Wessin “Sound Bwoy Bureill”
10. The Click “Hot Ones Through The Ghetto”
11. Kool G Rap “Take “Em To War feat. MF Grimm”
12. Lord Finesse “No Gimmicks” Brainstorm Remix feat. O.C.
13. Mobb Deep “Temperature’s Rising”
14. Mobb Deep “Temperature’s Rising” (The Abstract Remix)
15. Das EFX “Microphone Master” (DJ Spinna Remix)
16. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Players Anthem”
17. Blahzay Blahzay “Danger (When The East Is In The House)”
18. Mad Skillz “Skillz In ‘95”
19. Organized Konfusion “You Won’t Go Far” feat. O.C.
20. Ten Thieves “It Don’t Matter”
21. Black Moon “Headz Ain’t Ready” (Remix feat. Smif N Wessin)”
22. Ahmad “Come Widdie feat. Ras Kass & Saffir”
23. Jay-Z “Can’t Get Wit That”
24. The Roots “Silent Treatment” (Kelo’s Remix)
25. Ill Al Scratch “Don’t Shut Down On A Player”
26. Lost Boys “Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz”
27. GZA “4th Chamber”
28. GZA “Liquid Swords”
29. Big L “Put It On”
30. Artifacts “Dynamite Soul (Lip Service Remix feat. Mad Skillz)”
31. KRS One “MCs Act Like They Don’t Know”
32. Group Home “Up Against The Wall (Low Budget Mix)”
33. Group Home “The Realness”
34. Roxanne Shante “Queen Pin”
35. AZ “Sugar Hill” (Remix)
36. Showbiz & A.G. “U Know Now” (Buckwild Remix)
37. Da Youngsta’z “I’ll Make You Famous”
38. Ruggedness Madd Drama “Make U Go Crazy”
39. World Renoun “Come Take A Ride”
40. Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance” (Stay With Me Remix)
41. Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance” (Hip-Hop Remix)
42. Common “Resurrection” (Large Professor Remix)
43. Common Ressuerction” (Extra P Remix)
44. D&D All-Stars “1, 2 Pass It”
45. Shabazz The Disciple “Death Be The Penalty”
46. Raekwon The Chef “Ice Cream”
47. Method Man “I’ll Be There For You / You’re All I Need To Get By feat. Mary J. Blige” (Razor Sharp Remix)
48. Bahamadia “Uknowhowwedo”
49. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Get Money” (Remix)
50. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Get Money”
51. Notorious B.I.G. “Who Shot You?”
52. 2Pac “Me Against The World”
53. Young D Boyz “Keep On Poppin’ The Dope Track”
54. Broadway “Must Stay Paid”
55. Lost Boyz “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Shameless”
56. Outkast “Benz Or Beamer”
57. Da Bush Babees “Remember We” (Salaam Remi Remix)
58. GZA “Shadowboxing” feat. Method Man Redman & Method Man “How High”
59. Das EFX “Real Hip-Hop”
60. Fat Joe “Shit Is Real” (DJ Premier Remix)
61. Crooklyn Dodgers ‘95 “Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers”
62. Big Noyd “Recognize & Realize”
63. Mobb Deep “Give Up The Goods (Just Step)”
64. Keith Murray “I Get Lifted”
65. Sadat X & Akinyele “Loud Hangover”
66. Ol Dirty Bastard “Brooklyn Zoo”
67. Mad Skillz “The Nod Factor”
68. Grand Puba “I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)”
69. LL Cool J “Doin’ It”
70. Pharcyde “Runnin’
71. The Dove Shack “Summertime In The LBC”
72. The Alkaholiks “Daaam!” (Buckwild Remix)
73. Jurassic 5 “Unified Rebellion”
74. Funkmaster Flex “Nuthin’ But Flava” feat. Charlie Brown, Ol Dirty Bastard & Biz Markie
75. Lords Of The Underground “What I’m After” (Sir Charles Mix)
76. Ol Dirty Bastard “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” Rakim “Last Resort”
77. Mobb Deep “Shook Ones Pt. 2”
78. E-40 “Sideways” feat. B-Legit
79. Tha Alkaholiks “The Next Level”
80. Nine “Whucha Want?”
81. Rude Riddim Experiment “Everybody Bounce”
82. Doug E. Fresh “Where The Party At?”
83. Bone Thugs N Harmony “First of The Month”
84. TRU “Bout It, Bout It”
85. Three 6 Mafia “Tear The Club Up”


TBT this week takes back to our Hip-Hop History Mix from 1993. This mix reminisces the genre as it starts to truly become a pop culture phenomenom in the 90s. Hip-hop was truly a melting pot of styles in ’93 with jazzy samples of the Native Tongues movement and started to drift into the gangster sounds of the budding East Coast/West Coast beef that ended up dominating the era. There’s plenty of Hiero, Tupac, Snoop, Wu-Tang, Tribe, club classics, forgotten singles and the start of the indie era with Rawkus. Press play and take in this true blast from the past.

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Tracklist:

1. Souls of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity
2. Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain
3. Black Moon – Who Got Da Props
4. Lords of the Underground – Chief Rocker
5. Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
6. M.O.P. – How About Some Hardcore
7. Beatnuts – Psycho Dwarf
8. Onyx – Slam
9. Run DMC f. Pete Rock – Down With the King
10. KRS One – Sound of the Police
11. Fat Joe – Flow Joe
12. Masta Ace, Inc – Born to Roll
13. Snoop Doggy Dogg – The Shiznit
14. MC Breed f. Tupac – I Gotta Get Mine
15. De La Soul – Breakadawn
16. A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
17. Leaders of the New School – What’s Next + Large Pro Remix
18. Nubian Crackers f. Artifacts – Do You Wanna Hear It
19. Funkmaster Flex – Six Million Ways to Die
20. KRS One – Outta Here
21. Del tha Funkee Homosapien – Catch A Bad One
22. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To
23. Ice Cube – You Know How We Do It
24. Domino – Ghetto Jam
25. The Nonce – Mix Tapes
26. Freestyle Fellowship – Inner City Boundaries
27. Boss – Deeper
28. Tupac – Keep Your Head Up
29. Redman – All Night Long
30. Tragedy aka Intelligent Hoodlum – Grand Groove
31. Wu-Tang Clan – Can It Be All So Simple
32. Jeru tha Damaja – Come Clean
33. Big L – Devil’s Son
34. Ultramagnetic MCs – Two Brothers With Checks
35. Beatnuts – Reign of the Tec
36. KRS One – Hip-Hop vs Rap
37. Tupac ft Digital Underground – I Get Around
38. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin and Juice
39. Ice Cube ft Das EFX – Check Yo Self
40. Too Short – Don’t Fight the Intro
41. RBL Posse – Bammer Weed
42. Tha Alkaholiks – Only When I’m Drunk
43. LL Cool J – Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag
44. Wu-Tang Clan – Method Man
45. Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin to Fuck With
46. De La Soul – Ego Trippin (Part Two)
47. A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation


TBT this week takes us back to 2008 with our History of Hip-Hop mix. This interesting year of rap was peppered with a number of interesting tracks and trends. “Royal Flush” noted the beginning of the end of Outkast as a group project, even though the tune itself was so tough. Rick Ross really started to spread his wings as a super star with “The Boss”, which also featured T-Pain who was in the midst of a multi-year flex. Lil Wayne was securing his place as the “best rapper alive” with “A Milli”, arguably his most important tune ever. Acts like Pitbull, John Legend Common, Flo Rida and Snoop Dogg all started experimenting with dance-y tunes and faster tempos. Yes hip-hop was alive and well in 2008. Revisit this mix with the stream above and the free download below.

History of Hip-Hop 2008 (right-click, save as)
artwork by Rhek (Sharks & Hammers)

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