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)
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The Rub’s Hip-Hop History 2002 Mix by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud

#TBT this week to The Rub’s History of Hip Hop mix from 2002, the year in which The Rub was conceived. Of course, leave the 2002 version of this series to be one of our favorites. Seriously though, 2002 was an amazing year for rap with Cam’ron’s Rocafella debut, Clipse flipping everyone on their ear with their first officially released LP, Scarface dropped a classic in The Fix and so many of the big party cuts became instant classics…all of which helped build the foundation that became The Rub then and now, 15 years later. Revisit this stellar mix with a stream above or a download below.

History of Hip-Hop 2002 (Mixed By DJ Eleven) (right-click, save as)
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#TBT – DJ Ayres – DJ Ayres’ Laboratory



DJ Ayres’s Laboratory by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

TBT this week back to one of the mixes Ayres dropped as a series with the insanely talented Mike 2600 designing all the cover art. This week, we go back to DJ Ayres’ Laboratory set that’s loaded with catchy indie dance tunes, remixed pop gems, snap rap classics and some tastefully turnt levels sprinkled in for good measure. Mixed with the touch that only Ayres can provide. Revisit this in full with the stream and download below.

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#TBT – Rub Radio – July 2013



TBT this week goes back 4 years to our anniversary Rub Radio mix from July 2013. Lots of bangers on this mix and some unfortunately have become a bit forgotten in a very short amount of time. You’ve got a now trap classic from Key’s N Krates, Grandtheft and Skratch Bastid’s fantastic “Miley” tune, Drake’s quiet anthem in “The Motion”, one of the best tunes from Yeezus, a underrated hit from JT and a couple of Rub tune sightings as well. Summer is (FINALLY) in full effect and it’s about to be that time to celebrate The Rub turning 15. Stream and download below.

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The Rub – Feel You ft. Misun & Lil Fame (Marco Polo Remix)
Rick Ross – Oil Money Gang ft. Jadakiss
Jadakiss – Big Boy Dialogue ft. The-Dream
El-P & Killer Mike – Banana Clipper ft. Big Boi
French Montana – Fuck What Happens Tonight ft. Mavado, Khaled & Scarface
Keys N Krates – Dum Dee Dum
RL Grime – Heard Me
Grandtheft & Skratch Bastid – Miley
Nick Catchdubs – Business ft. IAMSU! & Jay Ant
E.U. – Da Butt
Wale – Clappers ft. Nicki Minaj & Juicy J
Juicy J – Bounce It ft. Wale & Trey Songz
Migos – Hannah Montana
The Melker Project – Holy Grail Boss ft. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake & Mimosa
Drake – The Motion ft. Sampha
Kanye – Hold My Liquor ft. Chief Keef
Superprince – Say It
Justin Timberlake – Take Back The Night
DJ Eleven & Mike Baker the Bike Maker – Lucky
Jay-Z – BBC ft. Nas
Breakbot – You Should Know ft. Ruckazoid
Nicos Gun – Dirty (DJ Apt One Remix)


#TBT – DJ Eleven – Canadian Bacon



Serious throwback this week from DJ Eleven for TBT. Going back to the tail end of the 00’s for his Canadian Bacon Mix. This was a promo mix done for Beat Street Records in Vancouver and one quick listen feels like a time warp back to the heyday of the Hollerboard. And Eleven’s Bay Area influence is all over this thing, especially in the first 20 mins or so. Throwbacks from the likes of Rick James, James Brown and Rolling Stones make an appearance. Give this super fun mixtape a re-listen (or first listen) today. Stream up top and free download below.

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#TBT – The Rub – Under The Boardwalk



#TBT this week is full of some of the most classic music of all time as we revisit the Rub Radio mix, Under The Boardwalk, from Summer of 2014. Ayres and Eleven put it together as an official send off to that summer and it’s a great way to kick this one off. The kids are just getting out of school and the weather FINALLY has started to resemble what it’s supposed to feel like in June. There’s nothing on this mix released after 1968 just to give you a perspective on how timeless this music really is. Revisit this nostalgia blast from the past with the stream above and download below.

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#TBT – DJ Ayres – Sun Lovers



#TBT this week comes from Ayres and his Sun Lovers reggae and dancehall mix that won a Scion free mix competition several years ago. This is fitting as it’s actually (almost) warm and sunny in NY finally and it’s June. Turn this one up loud as this mix is full of classics new and old and is perfect for this time of here. Revisit this one in full above.

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#TBT this week takes us back to last year’s June Rub Radio when we let the homie Steve1der take the wheels and essentially start last Summer for our monthly mix series. In typical fashion, he took it all over the genre and era map with cuts from Take 5, Mr. Carmack, Akinyele, Queen Latifah, POOLS, T.I. and so much more. Make sure and give this fantastic a revisit one the stream above or the download below.

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The History of Hip Hop 1995 by Brooklyn Radio on hearthis.at

TBT this week to 1995 and a very strong argument year for the “golden era” of rap. Like legitimately, there are too many classic tracks and albums that dropped in 1995 to justifiably mention. Featured here are forever anthems from Mobb Deep, Luniz, Bone Thugs, Biggie, ODB, Three 6 Mafia, Junior M.A.F.I.A, GZA, 2Pac and this track list gets ridiculous in a hurry. With this deft mix of 80+ tracks that absolutely matter, ’95 gets a proper shine in what was one of the most influential years in the history of hip-hop. Stream in full above and grab the download below as well.

Download: History of Hip-Hop Vol. 17: 1995 (right-click, save as)

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#TBT – DJ Eleven – J.A. Goods 2



TBT this week looks to Eleven with the irie feels on full display. Roots reggae is some of the most uplifting and genuinely feel good music on the planet and Eleven mixes all hour and 15 mins of it here on J.A. Goods 2 with extreme precision. Revisit this one for your rooftop and outdoor parties if you feel like being the one responsible for immediately enhancing the vibes, as the weather may actually call for said parties sooner than later (we hope). Full stream and download are below.

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