TBT this week comes courtesy DJ Ayres and his 28 min megamix of all things Mannie Fresh. We’re approaching the 5 year anniversary of the special night celebrating the catalog of Mannie Fresh at DROM and all these tunes still sound completely outstanding. You’ve got some token Big Tymers classics, Young Jeezy’s breakout single, a forever DJ weapon from Lil Wayne and so many underrated catalog anthems in this mix. This one definitely deserves the revisit and maybe even multiple listens as we head into Labor Day weekend. Get your roll on indeed.

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#TBT – DJ Ayres – 80’s Re:Union Mix

TBT this week takes us back to the sounds of the 1980’s with a killer mix from DJ Ayres. This 80’s Re:Union Mix is a deft mix of New Wave, Post Punk, Alternative and Dance music from so many favorite artists and tunes from the time period. With so much of this music approaching the 40 year old mark, it’s safe to say most of this tracklist falls into the bonafide “classics” category at this point. Madonna, David Bowie, Prince, Donna Summer, The Cure and so many other great artists are featured here. Revisit this mix below and get your 80’s fix on in a major way

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#TBT – DJ Ayres – Safe For Work II

#TBT this week comes from DJ Ayres and his 3 year old mix for The Hairpin with his Safe For Work II mix. As a follow up to the lost first volume (Soundcloud removals are oh so real), this is vibe friendly mix full of non-offensive language tunes for the office crowd. Janet, Kylie, Frank Ocean, Bjork and more all holding down this great mix of 90’s, diva house and chill feels. Revisit the stream below in full.

DJ Ayres – Safe For Work Volume 2 presented by The Hairpin by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

#TBT – DJ Ayres – Nasty Nas

#TBT today is simple and there’s not a lot to say about this killer mix from Ayres other than it’s so much choice Nas catalog and Ayres is on the controls for 53 mins and change. New upload due to a special request so it only made sense to share it again. Stream and download are both available below.

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TBT: History of Hip-Hop 1998 (Mixed by DJ Ayres)

#TBT today has us looking back at 1998 and what an interesting year for hip-hop that was. Immediately post Biggie and 2Pac murders, it was invigorating to see (and hear) so many great tracks seemingly inspired by the void those two legends left behind. Or maybe all of this music was slotted for ’98 anyways and it was mere coincidence timeline wise. Who knows. Whatever the case may be, so many anthems and crew bangers dropped this year and a ton of it is mixed to perfection here by DJ Ayres as part of the History of Hip-Hop mix series. Stream and download are below.

The Rub’s Hip-Hop History 1998 by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud

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As Labor Day weekend is now upon us and summer has so quickly started coming to an end, it only makes sense to revisit the “Summer of The Rub” mix on the #TBT tip as it’s classic sounds seem to forever encapsulate this time of year so well. Timeless rock and soul proliferate this mix with the kind of vibes and flow you’ve come to expect from Ayres and Eleven. This is one to turn on loud this weekend and completely kick back to. We all hope your summer was as enjoyable as ours.

DJ Eleven & DJ Ayres (The Rub) – Summer of The Rub by Djeleven on Mixcloud

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#TBT DJ Ayres – Mixpak FM 025

TBT this week is an incredibly diverse and banging mix from DJ Ayres that dropped via the Mixpak crew back in 2011. As an entry into their long running mix series, Mixpak FM 25 is loaded with all sorts of tropical and bashment vibes over the course of 70 minutes and runs through a ridiculous tracklist that sounds very fresh 4 years later. Whether it’s classic jungle, roots era dubstep and vintage dancehall grooves or even the moombahton and tropical bass sounds that were very relevant at the time…this mix is still quite the summertime turnup. Stream and download are both available on this one below.

Mixpak Mix by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

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#TBT DJ Ayres & JD – Houston For Dummies

Houston rap is amazing. It was great for a long time before it ever broke into the mainstream and it’s still extremely rad to this day. For #TBT this week, we revisit the mix Ayres and JD put together to showcase the history of the area’s sound right as it’s time in the limelight was at it’s peak. Digging deep into the crates, Houston For Dummies showcases classics from bonafied legends such as UGK, The Geto Boys and Devin The Dude and regional anthems from the likes of E.S.G., Big Mike, Lil O and many more. Basically, let this be your guide to one of the coolest scenes in rap to ever come about.

DJ Ayres & JD – Houston Tape by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

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#TBT DJ Ayres – Next Of All

As my time here with The Rub goes into month five, I’ve had a chance to really listen to a lot of these mixtapes that we feature weekly for #TBT. And while everything I’ve been able to peep since February has genuinely helped re-instill my faith in mixtapes overall, something about Ayres playing house tunes is just really freaking tight to me. Featured today for #TBT is his Fall of 2012 mix, Next Of All. It was kind of a sneak peek at all the dope house sounds that broke in 2014 but it was like two years before you realized it was cool. Ayres staying ahead of the game on the music tip per usual. Peep the stream below.

Next of All by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

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#TBT DJ Ayres – Return of the Mash

#TBT this week takes us back to fall of 2010 as Ayres opened up his “dance pop” crate and cranked out this super fresh mix for Urban Outfitters. Return of the Mash is a slick representation of the electronic music experimentations that took place with pop music towards the end of the last decade which have ultimately became a huge influence on the Billboard charts of the last five years. Don’t necessarily believe me? Take a listen for yourself below and hear the early ideas from so many artists and producers that are dominating charts, playlists and festival lineups in 2015. Shouts to Mike 2600 for this killer artwork as well.

Return of the Mash by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

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