For our Halloween party coming up this Saturday, The Rub welcomes DJ Riz. To give you an idea of what to expect, this is a 2 hour live mix from 2011, when DJ Riz was invited by The Rub to celebrate their 11th anniversary. He played his set at breakneck speed, cramming in hundreds of songs ranging from hip hop, funk, soul, classics, trap, and much more. Don’t miss one of the best to ever do it crush the front room at The Bell House this Saturday night!
FOTR this week is DJ Riz. Riz has reached legendary DJ status in the game and his skills have always been nothing less than WOW inducing. The Crooklyn Clan founder has been a huge influence on our DJing since, well, basically since we started DJing. Easily in our top 5 NYC DJs of all time and it’s dope to see him continually out there working week in and week out. He was just featured on Funk Flex’s 5 mins of Funk just last week and you can peep the video below. Check it out and connect with Riz on all the socials as well.
Stay Up With DJ Riz
FOTR this week is DJ Riz, who also happens to be our guest this Saturday at The Bell House in Brooklyn. It’s our first edition of The Rub in 2016 and there may not be a better DJ in the world to do it with. Riz has truly reached a higher level of DJs in the game and his skills have always been nothing less than jaw dropping. We already shared the recorded sets from his legendary last visit to The Rub just last week. Below is maybe the most famous influential tape Riz ever made with Live From Brooklyn. Check them all before this Saturday and make sure to click some links below.
Stay Up With DJ Riz
#TBT this week goes to DJ Riz and his massive set he threw down back in July of 2013 for The Rub’s 11 year anniversary party. Now there’s always great guest DJs at The Rub, but Riz just beasted all over everything on these sets. Stream and download parts 1 and 2 below and make sure you’re there to witness his return to The Rub on January 30th at The Bell House!
July marked the 11th anniversary of The Rub. Ayres & Eleven have a history of bringing in special guests to their party, but this time was extra special, since they brought out DJ Riz – world renowned for his classic “Live from Brooklyn” mixtape. He played his set at breakneck speed, cramming in 100s of songs ranging from hip hop, reggae, funk, soul, classics, trap, and much more. DJ Eleven said it best – “If I hadn’t witnessed it, I wouldn’t have believed these Riz sets were really live. Fucking incredible.”
Saturday is our 11 year anniversary but truth be told we’ve been looking for an excuse to book DJ Riz at The Rub for a long time. The Crooklyn Clan founder has been a huge influence on our DJing since, well, basically since we started DJing. Easily in our top 5 NYC DJs of all time. Why? First of all:
And of course:
(part 2 starts at 0:16:)
And if you don’t know, now you know:
That’s just his old shit! Riz continues to tear shit up all over the world, so we’re really lucky he’ll be stepping onto The Rub stage this Saturday. All we can tell you is to get there early!
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I wrote about 80s Freestyle in The Fader years ago but never did a full length mix until now. Tracklist, and a repost of the article, below.
For Summer of The Rub, and the first celebration of our ten year anniversary, we reached out to a couple of our oldest DJ friends, who should need no introduction for most die-hard Rub fans, but flattery will get you everywhere, so:
We’ve been a fan of Neil Armstrong since the late 90s, when we would go see his Fifth Platoon crew killing it at DJ battles, and he and I worked together at a now defunct hip-hop website and got to be friends. Neil’s themed “Originals” mixes took crate digging out of the Ken Sport era of “play 4 bars each of as many obscure soundtrack and library records sampled by the Beatnuts because that’s the only good part of the song” nerdism and into a much more fun composition / skills-based / narrative format. Edutainment, as the venerable Blastmaster puts it. His mixes and lives shows have been hugely popular in a lot of the same venues as The Rub’s. He and I played the Do-Over in LA together last year, and he and Eleven have done a number of shows together, but this is the first time we’ll all be playing together at an official Rub party, and I can’t wait to see and hear what he does. Oh yeah, and he was also Jay-Z’s DJ for a couple of years – so there’s that! In fact, his DNA of the Blueprint mixtape is a must-have for any fan of Jay-Z.
Rich Medina is another guy who has been at the very top of our scene since the late nineties, and similarly his crate-digging pedigree is world-class. Rich’s mission has always been to find funky music and bring it to the dancefloor. He is credited with popularizing Afro-beat in 2001 and has thrown legendary parties over the years at APT and Santos alongside Bobbito, DJ Language and Q-Tip. Most recently, Rich became the newest member of the Advisory Board for the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection, a very esteemed honor. Rich has played with The Rub on New Year’s Eve and at our holiday warehouse parties, and we couldn’t think of a better person to rock with outdoors on a hot summer day. Make sure you check his site and cop a mix or two to get you through the dog days of summer. His mix at APT in 2009 is one of our personal favorites, but his work on the “Afro Beatles” projects from a few years back is one of the cooler projects you’ll come across.
Be sure to check them both out tomorrow:
138 Willoughby St (@Flatbush Ave)
Saturday, October 27
DJ Eleven & DJ Ayres
w/ special guests DJ Riz & Prince Klassen
The Bell House
149 7th Street, BK, NY
$15 all night
Door by Rahnon
We’ve got 50 more skip-the-line tickets available now for tomorrow night’s annual Halloween 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 should be plenty of tickets at the door. Special guests this month are DJ Riz and Prince Klassen. We hope to see you all in costume tomorrow night!