Spotlight on Jamesy

Jamesy is playing the party this Saturday, which means it’s time to get horny for that good music! Here’s a recent live mix:

jamesy · Live @ Shapes – March 17, 2022

Good right? Go ahead and smash that TICKETS button and we’ll see you Saturday.

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Rub Radio December

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The Rub New Year’s party is coming up! We’ve enlisted our homie Parlé ( to spin the party, plus he gave us a killer set for Rub Radio! We’ll also have Hasan Insane ringing in the New Year with us, so be sure to grab your tickets before they sell out:

Parlé set:

A$AP Ferg – Floor Seats
Three 6 Mafia – Sippin on Some Sizzurp (ft. UGK & Project Pat)
Megan Thee Stallion – Big Drank
Too Short – Blowjob Betty
Shawnna – Gettin Some Head
Pardison Fontaine – Backin It Up (ft. Cardi B)
DaBaby – Vibez
Future – Crushed Up
Travis Scott – Highest In The Room
Lil Baby – Life Goes On (ft. Lil Uzi Vert & Gunna)
Pop Smoke – Dior
Mustard – Ballin (ft. Roddy Ricch)
Jorja Smith – Be Honest (ft. Burna Boy)
Majalia – Simmer (ft. Burna Boy) Ill Blu Remix

The Rub set:

Koffee – W (ft. Gunna)
French Montana – Writing on The Wall (ft. Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian)
KAYTRANADA – Culture (ft. Teedra Moses)
Juice WRLD – Bandit
YoungBoy NBA – Self Control
Chance the Rapper – Handsome (ft. Megan Thee Stallion)
Lil Uzi Vert – Futsal Shuffle 2020
Whole Truth – Can You Lose By Following God
Kanye West – Follow God

The Road Podcast

DJ Eleven and DJ Ayres talked to DJ Crooked, DJ Goldfinger and MOMA about The Rub, the early days of mashups, gentrification, reggae music and a whole lot more! Audio stream below:

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The very first Rub was July 27, 2002 at Southpaw, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In 16 years and 200+ parties, The Rub has toured the world, recorded a gazillion mixes, release countless records and CDs, and won a slew of awards.

To say it’s rare for a club night in New York City to last more than a few years is a gross understatement. So as The Rub approached its fifteenth anniversary, a project consistent with the milestone felt warranted. In the end, putting Sixteen Years of The Rub together was such a huge undertaking that it took another full year. (Imagining cutting 15,000 photos from the party down to the best 200!)

The idea and inspiration for the structure of Sixteen Years of The Rub came from Kenny Rodriguez, an accomplished photographer who one fateful night early in the party’s life set out to document an entire evening at the Brooklyn party, from before the doors opened until after all the party-goers had left. Following Kenny’s idea, the book starts at 9:30 PM and ends at 4:00 AM, with detours into crowd shots, guest DJs, the annual Halloween party mayhem, and lots of drunken hookups. Most of the images are Kenny’s, but ShoShots and Ian Meyer graciously contributed some of their favorite photos.

The result is a beautiful 150 page book full of joyful images of party people lost in the music.

Pick up this photographic history of The Rub in our Merch Store now!

FOTR: Mills

This week for Friends of The Rub we’re showing love to Mills, who has been designing our flyers for the past year and change.  It’s rare to find a designer who is fast, has a ton of fresh ideas which fit our vibe perfectly, and never complains about our nitpicky edit requests, and Mills is all that, plus his flyers always look fly as fuck!  He’s a great DJ and the minimalist flyers for his own parties give us a design boner every week on Instagram.  Here are some of our favorites he’s done for us, plus a few rejected designs which we probably should have used.

Halloween 2017, Clockwork Orange flip with original logo

March 2018, unused Michael J Fox variant with original logo

February 2018, Dumb & Dumber flip with original tongue logo

September 2017, Air Max 1 illustration

November 2017, Seinfeld logo flip with unused Michael Richards illustration (we felt this one was problematic)

January 2018, Seinfeld logo flip with revised idea (Elaine dancing)

August 2017, Slick Rick

June 2018, Phife from A Tribe Called Quest

May 2018, Pharrell Williams

FOTR: Brent Tactic

#bffs on the absolute real and i dont know what i would do without him. #nationalcatday #brentcatpic

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Brent Tactic is spinning at The Rub tomorrow, June 30. Brent is a Taurus, loves cats, and enjoys fine dining and walks on the beach. A music industry professional and seasoned disc jockey, he will amaze and astound with his impeccable selections and skills. You can enjoy Brent’s wit and learn about his many gigs on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter too. And listen to Brent’s mix on Rub Radio right here.


Guesting in the front room of the Bell House for the June edition of The Rub is our friends, #FOMOPARTY. Tap.10, Darling Chuck and Tha Yell0w R. KEL have created a true to life “fear of missing out” scenario with their monthly 4th Friday party at Friends And Lovers over the last several years as it’s always popping and they’ve got the IG evidence to prove it. They celebrated 3 years as a crew and party earlier this year and they’ll be making their 2nd appearance at The Rub this Saturday! Check some recent mixes from all 3 crew members and click some links on their socials for the formal follow. And don’t miss them holding down the front room this weekend for The Rub!




Our other guests this month for the May edition of The Rub are repping a relatively new party, SZN SLT. This crew is made up of Donwill and Meka, 2 names that have been around and making waves for a long time now. You may have seen Donwill play a show with his rap group, Tanya Morgan, or DJing for basically every single comedy show in Brooklyn. He’s also a co-host of the monthly event “Shouting at The Screen” with Wyatt Cenac at Alamo Drafthouse as well as being the music supervisor for Wyatt’s HBO show, “Problem Areas”. Meka is a co-founder of 2DopeBoy, one of the best rap music and culture blogs ever. He’s also a very prolific DJ on the party circuit and is constantly dropping killer mixtapes like the one streaming below. Check out some links on these fellas and don’t miss their takeover in the front room of The Bell House this Saturday!

Stay Up With SZN SLT:

Donwill Facebook
Donwill Twitter
Meka Twitter
Donwill Soundcloud
Meka Mixcloud
Donwill Instagram
Meka Instagram

FOTR: Dirtyfinger

One of our special guests this month for The Rub is NY DJ Dirtyfinger. He’s one of the hardest working and most active folks in the Brooklyn DJ scene and seems to always be rocking somewhere extremely fun whether it’s House of Yes, Tender Trap, Mad Tropical, Bembe or even overseas backing up the one and only Zebra Katz. He’s guaranteed to be playing somewhere in BK every week. And this Saturday he’ll be rocking with us at The Bell House for the May edition of The Rub. Check his recent live radio mix for WHCR 90.3 FM below for some worldly flavors. And make sure to click some links and give him a follow on the socials as well.

Stay Up With Dirtyfinger: