History of Hip Hop 2016



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2016 was a great for both bangers and experimentation: Rae Sremmurd and Migos released their biggest singles to date, Travis Scott continued his winning streak, and Anderson .Paak blew up in the underground. D.R.A.M. and Yachty broke through with the sublimely weird “Broccoli,” Young M.A. had her moment in the spotlight with “Ouuuuu,” and Lil Uzi Vert hit radio (more from him in 2017!). Despite it being the streaming era, rap fans were blessed with some great full length albums, most notably from Chance (Coloring Book), Kanye (Pablo), and Drake (Views from the 6) plus Tribe’s comeback (We got it from here…). Top it off with a dash of Missy, a pinch of 2 Chainz, and a drop of A$AP Ferg, and you have a stellar year of hip-hop!

Tracklist:

Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 (ft. Kid Cudi)
Chance The Rapper – No Problem (ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
D.R.A.M. – Broccoli (ft. Lil Yachty)
Travis Scott – Pick Up The Phone (ft. Young Thug & Quavo)
Gucci Mane – Both (ft. Drake)
Migos – Bad & Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
Wiz Khalifa – Bake Sale (ft. Travis Scott)
YFN Lucci – Everyday We Lit (ft. PnB Rock)
Young M.A. – Ooouuu
Fat Joe & Remy Ma – All The Way Up (ft. French Montana & Infared)
Kanye West – Fade (ft. Post Malone & Ty Dolla Sign)
Chance the Rapper – All Night (ft. Knox Fortune)
ASAP Ferg – Strive (ft. Missy Elliot)
Drake – One Dance (ft. Wizkid)
DJ Khaled – For Free (ft. Drake)
Mac Miller – Dang (ft. Anderson .Paak)
A Tribe Called Quest – The Space Program
De La Soul – Pain (ft. Snoop Dogg)
J. Cole – Change
Anderson .Paak – Come Down
YG – FDT (ft. Nipsey Hussle)
YG – Why You Always Hatin (ft. Drake & Kamaiyah)
Trinidad James – Just A Lil Thick (She Juicy) ft. Mystikal & Lil Dicky
E-40 – Slappin (ft. Nef the Pharoah and D.R.A.M.)
Snoop Dogg – Don’t Know (ft. Too Short)
Joey Purp – Girls At (ft. Chance the Rapper)
Schoolboy Q – Whateva U Want (ft. Candice Pillay)
Rae Sremmurd – Start A Party
DJ Khaled – I Got The Keys (ft. Jay-Z & Future)
Lil Uzi Vert – Money Longer
Dae Dae – Spend It
Big Sean – Bounce Back
Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane)
Travis Scott – Goosebumps (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Drake – Pop Style (ft. The Throne)
Schoolboy Q – That Part (ft. Kanye West)
YFN Lucci – Key To The Streets (Remix ft. 2 Chainz, Migos & Trouble)
Drake – Child’s Play
Future – Low Life (ft. The Weeknd)
French Montana – Lockjaw (ft. Kodak Black)
Kanye West – Real Friends (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)


Rub Radio October 2019



Rub Radio October 2019 is a fat pumpkin full of hip-hop treats, from trap to twerk to pop to backpack rap! Be sure to come party with us at The Bell House on October 26. Buy your tickets right here.

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Lil Tjay – F.N.
Dreamville – Costa Rica
DaBaby – RAW Shit (ft. Migos)
Chance The Rapper – GRoCERIES (ft. TisaKorean)
Travis Scott – Highest in the Room
Lil Tecca – Did It Again
Lizzo – Truth Hurts Remix (ft. DaBaby)
IDK – Lilly
Polo G – Pop Out Remix (ft. Lil Tjay, Lil Baby & Gunna)
Big Sean – Berzerk (ft. A$AP Ferg & Hit Boy)
Saweetie – My Type Remix (ft. Jhene Aiko & City Girls)
Anderson .Paak – Jet Black (ft. Brandy)
Big K.R.I.T. – Addiction (ft. Lil Wayne & Saweetie)
Gang Starr – Family & Loyalty (ft. J. Cole)
Skyzoo & Pete Rock – It’s All Good
Danny Brown – 3 Tearz (ft. Run The Jewels)


Rub Radio September 2019



Rub Radio this month is mixed by DJ M!LLS, who will be playing the party on Saturday, September 28.  (Plus he has been designing our flyers for the last two years!)  The mix is chock-a-block with summer bangers, perfectly wrapping up the season, and even teases a handful of future hits going into fall.

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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.

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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