Best of Timbaland Pt. 1



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The Producer Series has been so much fun to work on, and our newest entry is nothing short of magical! In hindsight, Timbaland is universally accepted as the gold standard of hip-hop and R&B production, but when he first came out of Virginia Beach in the 1990s, it was like an alien had landed on Earth, bearing otherworldly technology. The double-time drum patterns, the beatboxing, the sample flips, the synthesizers: he was truly speaking a different language. In Part 1, we’ve featured many of his early hits with Missy, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Nas and Ginuwine, with a sprinkling of forgotten gems from Tweet, Ms Jade, Nelly Furtado and Pastor Troy.

Be on the look out for Part 2, coming at the end of September!

Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody (OG + Supafriendz Remix)
Memphis Bleek – Is That Your Chick (ft. Jay-Z & Missy Elliott)
Missy Elliott – Beep Me 911 (ft. 702 & Magoo)
SWV – Can We Get Kinky Tonight (ft. Missy Elliott)
Missy Elliott – Sock It 2 Me
Timbaland & Magoo – Luv 2 Luv U
Aaliyah – Try Again (ft. Timbaland)
Nas – You Won’t See Me Tonight (ft Aaliyah)
Pastor Troy – Are We Cuttin (ft. N.O.R.E. & Ms Jade)
Petey Pablo – Raise Up (All Cities Mix)
Jay-Z – Snoopy Track (ft. Juvenile)
Jay-Z – It’s Hot
Missy Elliott – The Rain
Tweet – Call Me
Ms Jade – Ching Ching (ft. Timbaland & Nelly Furtado)
Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
Ginuwine – Pony
Jay-Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulderz
Rell – It’s Obvious (ft. Jay-Z)
Nas – Owe Me (ft. Ginuwine)
Lil Kim – The Jump Off
LL Cool J – Headsprung (ft. Timbaland)
Ludacris – Potion
Cee-Lo – I’ll Be Around
Fabolous – Make Me Better (ft. Ne-Yo)
Timbaland – Grab The Wheel (ft. 6LACK) co-produced by Nes
Bryson Tiller – Sorry Not Sorry (co-produced by Millibeatz)
Aaliyah – One In A Million
Tink – Million (co-produced by AnonXmous)


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FINALLY we celebrate the producer of some of our favorite rap records of the past 25 years, Alan the Chemist! The breadth of this man’s career is remarkable: he started out in The Whooliganz in the early 90s, made big waves in underground hip-hop with beats for Dilated Peoples, became Mobb Deep’s in-house producer, and went on to craft hits for Jadakiss, Eminem, Nas, Cam’ron and a whole lot more. Unlike most of his peers, in 2021 he still releases at a breakneck pace, with Griselda, Action Bronson, Curren$y, Earl Sweatshirt, and the list goes on. And he raps! It was almost impossible to boil this all down into a 40 minute mix but we did it.

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During lockdown, we’ve been huge nostalgia junkies, revisiting all the great records we’ve collected over the years. Rub Radio fans have gotten a taste of our comfort food, as we’ve mixed the catalogs of J. Dilla, Trackmasters and Prince Paul in recent months in our History of Hip Hop: Producers Series. Madlib is one of our favorites, a beatmaker but also a prolific artist and even a jazz musician who has recorded under a dozen aliases. This mix just scratches the surface of his work with MF Doom, J. Dilla, Lootpack, Freddie Gibbs, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu and a whole lot more, laced throughout with original sample sources.

Let us know which producers we should highlight next, at @itstherub on Twitter and Instagram!

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Back in the early 2000s, Spitkicker was an umbrella a whole bevy of artists who came together in the Native Tongues and Lyricist Lounge days. DJ Eleven was enlisted to collab with Spitkicker on a number of mix CDs, including this one hosted by MF Doom (R.I.P.).

1 MF Doom – MF Doom Intro
2 Goodie Mob Featuring Sleepy Brown & Kurupt – Play Your Flute
3 Crown City Rockers – Crown City Rockers
4 Murs & DangerMouse – To A Black Boy
5 El Da Sensei – Course Of My Life
6 Oktober – Hell 2 Pay
7 8 Ball & MJG Featuring Bun B – The Streets
8 Pete Rock With C.L. Smooth – Appreciate
9 Audissee – Da Hop
10 Masta Ace – Good Ol’ Love
11 Supastition – Spitkicker Freestyle
12 Spectac & 9th Wonder – When I Rock
13 Pete Rock Featuring Little Brother – Give It To Ya
14 Prince Po Featuring MF Doom – Social Distortion
15 MF Doom – Doomstrumental #1
16 MF Doom Featuring Mr. Fantastic – Rap Snitches
17 Strange Fruit Project – Love Is RMX
18 Critically Acclaimed Featuring Phonte & YahZarah – Road Trip
19 Sean Price – 60 Bar Dash Freestyle
20 M.O.P. – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
21 Graph – Graph Freestyle
22 Sub-Con – Freshman Friday 2
23 Wordsworth – Trust
24 MF Doom – Con Carne
25 MF Doom – Doomstrumental #2
26 DJ Nu-Mark Featuring J-Live – Brand Nu Live
27 The Foreign Exchange – Nic’s Groove (Back To The Basics Remix)
28 Hieroglyphics Featuring Goapele – Make Your Move (9th Wonder RMX)
29 MF Doom – MF Doom Outro
30 M.O.P. – Raise Hell


Best of J Dilla Vol 2



We did a J Dilla mix for our History of Hip Hop: The Producers series, but we could not fit all our favorites in just one mix! So here’s Vol 2, with Nas, Busta, Tribe, Ghostface, Slum, Badu, The Roots, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Oh No and even Daft Punk!

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Nas – The Season
Ghostface Killah – Whip You With A Strap
Busta Rhymes – Show Me What You Got
Gap Mangione – Diana in the Autumn Wind
Slum Village – Fall In Love
Bilal – Reminisce (ft. Mos Def & Common)
The Roots – Dynamite
J Dilla – So Far
Guilty Simpson – Man’s World
A Tribe Called Quest – Find A Way
Yancey Boys – The Throwaway
J Dilla – Center of the Movement
Oh No – Move (ft. Roc C)
M.E.D. – Push
Common – The Movement
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic (Slum Village Remix)
Phat Kat – Dedication To The Suckers
J Dilla – Pause (ft. Frank-n-Dank)
A Tribe Called Quest – Keep it Moving
Erykah Badu – Didn’t Cha Know


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History of Hip Hop: The Producers Series
Best of J Dilla (Volume 1)

Next in our Producer Series, we’ve got J Dilla! What can you say about one of the greatest beatmakers of all time, of any genre? The music speaks for itself, and we had so much fun putting together this mix that we’re going to drop another one next week. So enjoy the History of Hip Hop: J Dilla Vol 1, and watch this space for Vol 2, with Nas, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface, The Roots, Tribe, of course more Slum Village plus some secret gems!

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The Pharcyde – Drop
A Tribe Called Quest – Get A Hold
De La Soul – Stakes Is High
Common – Dooinit
Slum Village – I Don’t Know
Jay Dee – Fuck The Police
Slum Village – Raise it Up
Phat Kat – Don’t Nobody
J Dilla – The $
Jaylib – React
Jaylib – The Red
Q-Tip – Move
Q-Tip – Let’s Ride
The Pharcyde – Runnin
Slum Village – Players
Common – Funky For You (ft. Jill Scott & Bilal)
Steve Spacek – Dollar$
J-Dilla – Rico Suave Bossa Nova
J-Dilla – Think Twice (ft. Dwele)
J-88 – The Look of Love (Pt. 1) Excel Sample Edit


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We’ve been Prince Paul fans since we were kids, starting with his production for De La Soul’s first three albums. From Stetsasonic, Big Daddy Kane, 3rd Bass to Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School & Dr. Octagon, this tribute takes you through some of our favorites from the Doo Doo Man’s storied career. Plus you get to hear some rarities from MF Doom, a very young Jay-Z and even Marvin Gaye!

Special thanks to Brian Coleman for linking us with Prince Paul – be sure to seek out his Check the Technique books and our companion mixes – and the Spitkicker crew for hooking us up with De La Soul back in the day.

Also, take a listen to Prince Paul & Open Mike Eagle’s podcast, “What Had Happened Was,” in which Paul tells the stories of albums and groups he’s worked with throughout his career: https://starburns.audio/podcasts/what-had-happened-was/

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For our fourth installment of The Producers, we’re diving into The Trackmasters’ catalog of hits! The duo of Poke & Tone were responsible for a ton of hits in the mid to late 1990s, when we were starting out DJing clubs, so these songs all hold a special place for us. Their classic sound is a chopped up breakbeat with familiar old-school samples – think Mya & Jay-Z “Best of Me” Remix, with the Biz Markie samples. But if you dig a little deeper, you find that they worked the boards on all kinds of stuff, from Kool G. Rap and Pudgee tha Phat Bastard in 1992 to super top-40 towards the end of the decade, like Will Smith “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” and Destiny’s Child “Independent Woman.” So there should be something for everyone, and we hope you enjoy the mix.

Mary J Blige – Be Happy
Foxy Brown – Get Me Home (ft. Blackstreet)
Soul For Real – Candy Rain (Heavy D & Trackmasters Remix)
Notorious B.I.G. – One More Chance (Puffy & Trackmasters Remix)
Mya – Best of Me (Trackmasters Remix ft. Jay-Z)
Mariah Carey – The Roof
Nas – If I Ruled the World (ft. Lauryn Hill)
City High – Caramel (Trackmasters Joint) ft. Eve
Cam’Ron – Horse & Carriage (ft. Mase)
50 Cent – How To Rob
Jennifer Lopez – Jenny From the Block (Remix ft. Jadakiss & Styles P)
Destiny’s Child – Independent Woman Pt 1
Jay-Z – Jigga that N*gga
Noreaga – N.O.R.E.
Nature – Natures Shine
Nas – The Message
Notorious B.I.G. – Respect
LL Cool J – I Shot Ya (Remix ft. Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Prodigy & Keith Murray)
Kool G Rap – Ill Street Blues
Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard – Life’s A Bitch
Slick Rick – Me & Nas Bring It To You Hardest
Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
Michael Jackson – Butterflies (Remix ft. Eve)



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2017 was a year of breakout stars: Cardi B, 21 Savage, XXXTentacion, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie all went from 0 to 100.  Of course some familiar faces continued to reign, like Migos, Future, Drake, Gucci Mane and Kendrick Lamar.  It was also a year of interesting collaborations: Pharrell had Rihanna try her hand at rapping, Jay-Z and No I.D. threw it back to the Blueprint era, and Calvin Harris competed with DJ Khaled to see who could have the most features on an album.  Overall, a super eclectic and exciting year in hip-hop!

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For the third installment of The Producer Series, we salute two kings! Rich Harrison dominated the 2000s R&B charts, bringing back funk and go-go samples on huge hits for Amerie, Beyonce, J-Lo and Usher, among others. Salaam Remi’s body of work goes all the way back to the early 90s, blending hip-hop and dancehall for crossover acts like The Fugees, Super Cat and Nas. Mixed by Dirtyfinger and DJ Ayres, this is a battle for the dancefloor! Catch The Rub live the last Saturday of the month at The Bell House.

Rich Harrison (mixed by Dirtyfinger)

Amerie – Need You Tonight
Amerie – Got To Be There
Mos Def – Undeniable
Jennifer Lopez – Whatever You Wanna Do
Jennifer Lopez – Get Right
Usher – Ride
Beyonce – Crazy In Love (CFLO edit)
Beyonce – Creole
Beyonce – Freakum Dress
Amerie ft. Jay-Z – 1 Thing
Usher – Take Your Hand
Toni Braxton – Take This Ring
Amerie ft. Foxy Brown – Talkin’ To Me
Kelly Rowland – Can’t Nobody
Che’Nelle – Summer Jam
Beyonce – Suga Mama
Missy Elliot – Can’t Stop
Tha’ Rayne – Didn’t You Know
Usher – Whatever I Want
Diddy ft. Mary J Blige – Making It Hard
Christina Aguilera ft. Steve Winwood – Makes Me Wanna Pray

Salaam Remi (mixed by DJ Ayres)

Funkmaster Flex – Six Million Ways To Die
Super Cat – Ghetto Red Hot (Hip Hop Mix)
Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hot Stepper (Heartical Mix)
Zhigge – Rakin in The Dough
Kool G Rap & Nas – Fast Life (Norfside Remix)
Mega Banton – Sound Boy Killing (Smoothed Out Remix)
Da Bush Babies – Remember We (Salaam Remi Version)
The Fugees – Nappy Heads (Remix)
The Fugees – Fu-Gee-La
Caron Wheeler – Star (ft. Biz Markie) (Vibes mix)
Blu Cantrell – Breathe (ft. Sean Paul)
Nas – Made You Look
Nas – The Don
Jackson 5 – ABC (Salaam Remi Krunk-A-Delic Remix)
Jazmine Sulivan – Bust Your Windows
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry on Their Own
Miguel – Pineapple Skies
Miguel – All I Want Is You (ft. J. Cole)
Black Thought – Fentanyl

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