Rub Radio August 2019



This month we’re joined by DJ Dirtyfinger, both on Rub Radio and at the party at The Bell House on Saturday 8/31! Our August mix boasts a wide variety of shit we’re feeling, including new rap, dancehall, afrobeats, house, R&B and NOLA brass.

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2015 feels like it was yesterday, and this mix is chock full of anthems that still get run in the clubs and on the radio, like Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and Desiigner’s “Panda.”  Then there are the viral hits that helped to define the current culture (think “Hotline Bling,” “Look At My Dab,” “Milly Rock.”)  But our favorites are the songs in the margins, songs like “Wavybone,” and “The Blacker The Berry,” and “Good Times.”

As always with The Rub’s History of Hip Hop series, the goal is to expand the canon to include not only the most popular songs of the year but also all of the forgotten greatness.  But most importantly it’s a banging mix from start to finish!

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Ayers & Eleven recorded a new mix of NEW sounds for the latest Heavy Hits podcast. Listen, and download the tracks via the Heavy Hits dj service HERE.

“The Rub residents: DJ ELEVEN & DJ AYRES are two of NYCs most respected DJs and you can hear why with this slick mix blurring the lines between hip hop, international, disco, house and more. Check the skills, click the heart, download the tracks and head over to the next installment of THE RUB on Saturday June 29th at THE BELL HOUSE in Brooklyn featuring guest DJs Getlive!, Ric808 and Mike Nasty.”

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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!
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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!

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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.

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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