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2014 was a banner year for a handful of rappers and producers who were familiar to hip-hop fans – Young Money, GOOD Music, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, etc – but their music was evolving and absorbing influences from the margins.  Upstarts Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd,  Bobby Shmurda, OT Genasis, Makonnen and Dej Loaf all scored huge hits and got cosigns from the previous generation of rap stars.  DJ Mustard kept chugging along with a string of top 10 radio records in a streak which may have only been preceded by The Neptunes the decade prior.
History of Hip Hop 2014 is a rich tapestry of ATL trap, West Coast gangster rap and NYC drug dealer anthems, plus a ton of styles that defy categorization (D.R.A.M. raps over a Nintendo theme, Vic Mensa sings over deep house, Mystikal does a spot-on James Brown impression and Kanye is flipping full on gospel music).  We hope you enjoy listening to the mix as much as we did making it!
Tracklist:

Problem – Andale (ft. Lil Jon)
Wiz Khalifa – We Dem Boyz
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Juicy J – Low (ft. Young Thug)
Young Money ft. Drake – Trophies
Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone
E-40 – Choices (Yup)
OT Genasis – CoCo
Future – F*ck Up Some Commas
Salva – Drop That Bitch (ft. Kurupt, Schoolboy Q, Problem & Bad Lucc)
Kevin Gates – I Don’t Get Tired (ft. August Alsina)
Big K.R.I.T. – King of the South
Migos – Handsome and Wealthy
Bobby Shmurda – Hot N*gga
Rick Ross – Nobody (ft. French Montana)
DeJ Loaf – Try Me
IamSu – Only That Real (ft. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini)
DJ Mustard – No Reason (ft. YG, Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle & RJ)
Iggy Azalea – Fancy (ft. Charlie XCX)
Big Sean – IDFWU (ft. E-40)
Migos – Fight Night
Que – Rich N*gga Problems (ft. Future)
YG – Who Do You Love (ft. Drake)
Nicki Minaj – Truffle Butter (ft. Lil Wayne)
Low Pros – Muscle (ft. Juvenile)
Sage The Gemini – College Drop (ft. Kool John)
T.I. – About The Money (ft. Young Thug) Watch The Duck Remix
Kevin Gates – Break The Bitch Down (ft. K. Camp)
French Montana – Don’t Panic
Mr. Collipark – On The Table (ft. Fabo)
Mark Ronson – Feel Right (ft. Mystikal)
Kendrick Lamar – I Love Myself
Major Lazer – Aerosol Can (ft. Pharrell Williams)
Schoolboy Q – Studio (Grandtheft Edit)
Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck
Travis Scott – Don’t Play (ft. Big Sean & The 1975)
Rick Ross – Sanctified (ft. Kanye West & Big Sean)
Jeezy – Seen It All (ft. Jay-Z)
J. Cole – No Role Models
D.R.A.M. – Cha Cha
Busta Rhymes – Calm Down
Cam’ron & A-Trak – Dipshits
Run the Jewels – Close Your Eyes
Juvenile – Booty
Wiz Khalifa – Ass Drop
Rich Gang – Lifestyle (ft. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan)
Drake – 0 to 100
Lil Wayne – Believe Me (ft. Drake)
Bas – Lit (ft. J Cole & K-Quick)
Bar Kays – Be Like Me (ft. 8 Ball & MJG)
Big K.R.I.T. – Mind Control (ft. E-40 & Wiz Khalifa)
YG – Really Be (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Makonnen – Tuesday (ft. Drake)


Rub Radio April 2019



Rub Radio is back with a mix of new music, our first one in a while after 4 consecutive Hip Hop History mixes. Ayres and Eleven pay tribute to Nipsey Hussle (RIP), build a vibe with new disco, hip-hop and R&B then close out the set with some deep house and club records. Enjoy! And be sure to come back next month for Hip Hop History 2014.

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ODB – Good Morning Heartbreak (Intro)
Nipsey Hussle – Dedication (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Anderson .Paak – King James
Kaytranda – Dysfunctional (ft. VanJess)
Escort – Slide
2 Chainz – 2 Dollar Bill
Melii – HML (ft. A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
Afro B – Melanin
Casanova – 2 AM (ft. Tory Lanez & Davido)
Birdman & Juvenile – Filthy Money
Gunna – One Call
Flume – Friends (ft. Reo Cragun)
Semma & Kingdom – Bittersweet
KH – Only Human
Todd Edwards – You’re Sorry
Maxwell – Shame (H508 Cyril Hahn Remix)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Energy Fantasy (Baltra Vocal Remix)


History of Hip Hop 2013



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2013, what a year! A$AP Mob and TDE lead the vanguard, with big records from both Rocky & Ferg, and Schoolboy Q featuring Kendrick. 2 Chainz had a hell of a year, DJ Mustard was still churning out hits left and right, Kanye dropped Yeezus and Drake answered with Nothing Was The Same. R&B and melodic rap converged to the point where it was sometimes a little hard to know which was which (Future, Rich Homie Quan, J. Cole, Ty Dolla Sign, Chance, Thug, and of course Drake). Plus Run the Jewels and Migos both debuted!

Tracklist:
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Love Rap Live Mix



Recorded live at House of Wax in Downtown Brooklyn, Love Rap is over two and a half hours of hip-hop love songs. From LL Cool J “I Need Love” (1987) to SZA & Travis Scott “Love Galore” (2017), this is the very best of rap romance and sexual braggadocio.

Tracklist:

J-88 – Look Of Love (Excel Sample Edit)
Mary J. Blige – I Love You (Remix ft. Smif N Wessun)
Big Daddy Kane – Smooth Operator
2Pac – Do For Love
Apache – Gangsta Bitch
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
Common Sense – I Used to Love Her
Young Gunnaz – No Better Love
Shyne – Bonnie & Shyne (ft. Barrington Levy)
G-Unit – I Wanna Get To Know You
Eric B. & Rakim – Mahogany
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There’s an argument to be made that 2012 was one of the greatest years in hip-hop. The Rub’s History of Hip Hop 2012 mix argues the case forcefully, with wall to wall bangers in a plethora of regional styles.

LA’s DJ Mustard produced approximately 99.9% of the songs on hip-hop & R&B radio, and Kendrick Lamar dropped a masterpiece of an LP. Future, Macklemore, and Trinidad James blew up, Big Sean, Meek Mill and 2 Chainz had monster radio records, and Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music compilation kept him on the airwaves (alongside Jay-Z and Pusha T). NOLA bounce saw a big resurgence: Nicky Da B went from local artist to international sensation with “Express Yourself,” and the “Triggaman” beat found its way into big club singles by T.I. & Lil Wayne, Trina and Meek Mill among others. ATL-style hip-hop trap and EDM-style trap began to play nice together, and DJs like Bauuer, Diplo, Lunice & Hudson Mohawke, RL Grime and Cashmere Cat all had big hybrid hip-hop-R&B-EDM-trap records. The Bay area scene also produced a bunch of hits, especially HBK Gang. Throw in a NY renaissance – French Montana, Nicki Minaj, ASAP Mob, Action Bronson, El-P, etc – and you’ve got yourself a banner year for hip-hop.

Listen to all of 33 of The Rub’s History mixes, from 1979 to 2012, at http://www.itstherub.com/category/history-of-hip-hop/.

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As The Rub’s History of Hip Hop mix series moves into the teens, the range of styles ever widens, touching on everything from classic soul samples to weird dubstep beats. (Watch The Throne had both.) Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross were featured on everything; Juicy J. was putting out mixtapes at an astonishing rate, and Meek Mill had a couple of career-defining hits. J. Cole, Big Sean, Future, A$AP Mob, Odd Future and the Black Hippy crew were the new kids on the block, and Kreayshawn and YC were the year’s biggest one hit wonders. In R&B, both The Weeknd and Frank Ocean debuted in 2011. All told, it’s a pretty incredible year to revisit!

So enjoy this blast from the recent past, and remember you can catch up on all of The Rub History of Hip Hop mixes (1979 – 2011) at http://www.itstherub.com/category/history-of-hip-hop/.

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Dj Ayres Best Of Jay Z Mixtape

Jay Z was born on December 4th, 1969… he turned 49 years old just a few days ago. In honor of young Hov almost reaching a half century we look back to a mix DJ Ayres made back in 2009 with a grip of his favorite Jay Z tunes.

And tonight, December 6, 2018, we will be showing Fade to Black at The Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Brooklyn. After the movie, which documents the making of the Black Album and a star-studded concert at MSG, we’ll be playing Jay-Z songs in the bar downstairs. Tickets are still available: GET TICKETS


Fans of The Rub’s History of Hip Hop series have been asking for new episodes since 2009, and your dreams have finally been fulfilled! We pick up right where we left off, and we’ll be dropping another year every month until we’re caught up.

2010 was dominated by a few big stars – Young Money’s Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne were on the radio and in clubs nonstop, along with huge hits by Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and Kanye. Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T. and J. Cole were the hot up-and-comers. It was Ludacris and Jeezy’s last really stellar year, and we also got surprising comeback singles from Dipset, Lloyd Banks, Nas and Big Boi. And 2010 was a great year for producers, including Lex Luger, AraabMuzik, Clams Casino, Stargate and of course Kanye West and Swizz Beats.

So enjoy this blast from the recent past, and remember you can catch up on all of The Rub History of Hip Hop mixes (1979 – 2010) at http://www.itstherub.com/category/history-of-hip-hop/.

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Rub Radio – DJ Riz live @ The Rub part 1 & 2



For our Halloween party coming up this Saturday, The Rub welcomes DJ Riz. To give you an idea of what to expect, this is a 2 hour live mix from 2011, when DJ Riz was invited by The Rub to celebrate their 11th anniversary. He played his set at breakneck speed, cramming in hundreds of songs ranging from hip hop, funk, soul, classics, trap, and much more. Don’t miss one of the best to ever do it crush the front room at The Bell House this Saturday night!

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Rub Radio September 2018



The Rub boys start things off with Mac Miller (R.I.P.) and then get
right into the new shit by Lil Baby, Ciara, Cassius, Sleepy Brown and
more! Just in time for their party this Saturday, Sept 29 at The Bell
House.

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Tracklist:

Mac Miller – Red Dot Music (feat. Action Bronson)
Travis Scott – R.I.P. SCREW
Youngboy NBA – Head On (feat. Kevin Gates)
Lil Baby & Gunna – Drip Too Hard
Cardi B – I Do (feat. SZA)
Mnek – Correct
Naeem – Sway(e)ed
Ciara – Level Up
A-Trak feat. Todd Terry – DJs Gotta Dance More (Cassius Burnin’ Mix)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Energy Fantasy
Tuff City Kids feat. Joe Goddard – Reach Out (Osborne Remix)
Silk City – Electricity (feat. Dua Lipa)
Sleepy Brown – If You Want It (feat. Scar)