4.28 – Skip-the-line Tickets

We’ve got 50 more skip-the-line tickets available now for tomorrow night’s party at The Bell House. $15 (all in…no fees) jumps you right past the line and straight through the door to the festivities. If you can’t get any of these tickets in time, don’t worry…there will be plenty of tickets at the door. Special guests this month are Back To Life NYC and Nick Catchdubs. We hope to see you all tomorrow night!


FOTR: Back To Life NYC

Our first time party crew holding down the front room at The Bell House this Saturday is Back To Life NYC. Born in the LES back in 2015, Khalil, Pauli Lovejoy and Move Forward Music have cultivated a party that brings the vibe of London’s vibrant night life and vibe to NYC. Past guests have included Sampha, Roska, NAO, Just Blaze, Idris Elba, DJ Spinna and many more. We’re stoked to bring them to The Rub and have them rock the front room Saturday night. Check one of Khalil’s most recent mixes below and make sure to click some links as well. And we’ll see you on the Bell House dancefloor Saturday night!

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FOTR: Nick Catchdubs

We’ve been fans and friends with Nick Catchdubs for what seems like forever. Whether it’s his graphic design chops, his DJ sets, his Fool’s Gold label and crew, or his production work… Nick has been that dude. We’re so excited to have him back as one of our special guests at The Rub this Saturday night at The Bell House and look forward to helping us light up the main room. He also just released a brand new single that you can peep below. Check out the sounds, click some links and come catch Nick rock the house with us Saturday Night!

Stay Up With Nick Catchdubs:


Rub Radio April 2018

DJ Eleven and DJ Ayres go zone coasting on this month’s Rub Radio mix, taking you from the birthplace of hip-hop to the painted desert and back again just in time for their soiree at The Bell House on April 28!


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A new film series comes to Alamo Drafthouse, presented in conjunction with us, The Rub! Having taken the party around the world, moved umpteen records, CDs, and mixes, and released hundreds of episodes of Rub Radio, we are building on our legendary mix series – The History of Hip-Hop – by curating some great hip hop films. We kick it all off on Thursday, May 10.

The first in the series is the directorial debut – and only feature length film – by legendary music video Hype Williams (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Drake, Missy, Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, 2pac). Released 20 years ago, BELLY features a who’s who of the hip hop world circa 1998, including DMX, Nas, Method Man, and T-Boz in starring roles and cameos by Sean Paul, Mr. Vegas, Ghostface Killah, and AZ. As highly stylized as one of Hype Williams’ music videos, this is a hip-hop movie classic!

After the screening, join us for more music, dancing and drinking at the House of Wax!


TNN 4.16.18

Young Thug – Anybody (ft. Nicki Minaj)

Thugger’s new EP is called Hear No Evil, and we’re really feeling this earworm (produced by Charlie Handsome and Rex Kudo), along with the hypnotic “Now” featuring 21 Savage. And the video is weirdly captivating, with American Sign Language taking on the beauty of dance.

Rusko Has Made 5 More Songs

Rusko was sidelined with cancer for a bit, but he beat it and musically he has not lost a step. There’s a little of the old rough bizness (Walalalangleng, Hot) but the vibe we’re feeling the most is the girl songs,where he goes into deeper R&B territory. The shuffly “Emotional” featuring Anjulie is especially gorgeous.

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Everything’s Fine

This is a serious, funny, honest, cynical, woke, dystopian, post-hip-hop, jazz rap therapy session. Really really smart shit!

Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps

Kool Keith, Dan the Automator and Q-Bert have reunited for a Dr. Octagon sequel, and we really tried, but this album is just exhausting. It’s like listening to a comedian with advanced alzheimers. We can’t even bring ourselves to link the album; just listen to Dr. Octagonecologyst (1996) and pretend this new shit doesn’t exist.

Listen to all this plus new Rae Sremmurd, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Tinashe and more on our Spring 2018 TNN playlist:

TBT this week to our History of Hip-Hop mix showcasing the heat rocks that dropped in 2008. Hard to believe some of these records are a decade old already but here we are. So many of these styles of indie and commercial rap were starting to blend in 2008 and you can start to understand how open the genre and platforms are in 2018. Check out these classic sounds from Rick Ross, Outkast, Jay-Z, Dilla, Weezy, Yeezy, Jeezy, The Cool Kids and so many others.

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TNN 4.9.18

There’s so much new music out right now that it’s hard to keep up, but here are some standouts from our That New New Spring 2018 playlist.

Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

Even as Bodak Yellow went from rap radio ubiquity to Billboard hit to your mom’s Facebook in the span of two years, it’s always been clear that Cardi B has a little extra something which distinguishes her from a string of one-hit rappers (Young M.A, Bobby Shmurda, OT Genasis).   Her debut album blows all expectations completely out of the water.  There are so many great songs on this record that to pick one to talk about is to do a disservice to the others, though “Best Life” featuring Chance the Rapper is definitely resonating with folks.  And we have to give a shout out to Benny Blanco, who got his start producing for Spankrock before becoming a megaproducer on the pop charts; his beat for Cardi (Thru Your Phone) gives us goosebumps.

A$AP Rocky – A$AP Forever

A really strange thing happens when you watch the video for A$AP Forever for the first time – as you’re sitting through a generic A$AP song (gang gang blah blah) and waiting for the (admittedly pretty compelling) beat to drop for the first two verses, your attention drifts away and you look up the string sample, which sounds very familiar, and as you click away, instead of the beat dropping, it just goes into the entire original song and it’s Moby and just as you are ready to throw your laptop out the window the video ends with a car crash.  A lot of people love A$AP mob and we play the fuck out of Ferg’s Plain Jane, so maybe this will grow on us, but Rocky is so unlikeable.

Drake – Nice For What

Murda Beats and BlaqNmilD execute a perfect alley oop slam dunk with this NOLA bounce beat, looping up Lauryn Hill and chopping Drake’s vocals, plus the video manages to celebrate women in a way that we really need right now.  This doesn’t feel like it’s going to be “Hotline Bling” big but it is definitely going to run the clubs for a while, and it’s way more fun!

Aminé – Campfire (ft. Injury Reserve)

This shit slaps!  Plus the video is hilarious.

All this plus new Diplo, Jpegmafia, Tunji Ige, MF Doom x Czarface and and and more in our playlist.

March 2018 Photos

Our January pictures from The Rub are up on our Facebook! All by Kenny Rodriguez

To see the rest of ’s photos from The Rub February 2018 party, visit our Facebook page.

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