The History of Hip Hop 2007 by Brooklyn Radio on

TBT this week to our History of Hip-Hop mix from 2007. Are these tunes really 10 years old at this point? Good lord. So many of these gems were club bangers and were downloaded in masses on the Hollerboard and some of them even got famous on that infamous messageboard. Arguable that B.o.B.’s career was started there, flat earth controversy many years later aside. What an amazing year for rap. Ye, Jay, Benny & Spankrock, Kid Cudi, Dude & Nem, Cool Kids, Kid Sis, Rich Boy, 50 and so much more. Revisit this amazing year for rap with the stream above and free download below.

Download: History of Hip-Hop 2007 (Mixed By DJ Ayres) (right-click, save as)

Artwork by Rhek for Sharks and Hammers

Tracklist after the jump!

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Bring on the Love Remixes

In an effort to spread the love this Valentine’s Day, The Rub is proud to present a fresh stack of remixes of “Bring on the Love”, featuring with Tatiana Owens. Vibes and feels are always at high levels on this lovers’ holiday and now there’s three brand new versions of this single to fully enhance your sensory experience. In this special delivery release pack, you’ll find a fresh Jersey Club take from Gutta, a romantic downtempo interpretation from The Slow Waves, and a sexy disco house flip from Michael The Lion. Grab all three remixes now (and the originals!) to make your 2015 Valentine’s Day experience complete.


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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.

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Goapele – Hey Boy (The Rub Remix)

Goapele’s new album “Strong As Glass” is in stores now!

The Rub ft Tatiana Owens “Bring On The Love”


OUT NOW! The Rub featuring Tatiana Owens “Bring On The Love”

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Credits: All production and instrumentation by The Rub. Guitar on Disco Mix by Mark Tewarson. Photo by Kenny Rodriguez. Artwork by Vytis Gruzdys aka Boyfriend.



Yup. It’s Mixtape Monday–New Year’s Edition! Q: What makes this monday different from all other mondays? A: You don’t need a stack of the newest and true-est mixtapes to get you through the grumpiest day of the workweek with your sanity intact. You need that one ultimate Mother Of All Mixtapes to provide the soundtrack to your New Year’s Eve loft party. Or romantic NYE for two on a beach in Bali. Or meditating on top of a Mayan pyramid in Tulum waiting for the sun to rise on Quintana Roo. Or trying to keep your sanity intact while you watch the ball drop on a TV in your step-parent’s rec room in Blawnox, Pennsylvania. Or WHATEVER craziness you are planning to get into at 12 midnight, December 31st, 2013.

That’s why we have foregone the usual Mixtape Monday format and teamed up with DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven–collectively known as The Rub and known to be the residents of what may be New York City’s purest dance-party party (it’s called The Rub). Don’t nobody want you to show off your obscure library records when the ball is fittin’ to drop on 12 midnight, and Ayres and Eleven kept it true to form and eschewed music show-offery for a pure selection of the year’s bangers from Drake to Disclosure to their own productions with dancehall queen (and shameless Larger Upper) Natalie Storm, all mixed in the signature Rub style. Plus they threw in a little Prince for the annoying music nerds hanging around the DJ booth to make requests (hi, that’s us). Without further ado, Okayplayer presents The Rub’s official New Year’s Eve Mixtape, 2013. Press play to enjoy below–and look for the free download to drop like a glowing crystal orb sometime between now and midnight tomorrow! Happy New Year.

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Beautiful People Remix Contest

DJ Ayres Tatiana remix

photo by Kenny Rodriguez, art by Respire

Singer Tatiana Owens and producer DJ Ayres just released Beautiful People, a cover of Barbara Tucker’s 1994 classic house anthem, updated with a UK Garage swagger, a big ol’ bassline and Tatiana’s soaring diva vocals. Now you can add your own beautiful touch to “Beautiful People” by remixing the track using any sample, any style, any way you want! The winner will receive $250 plus the opportunity to be on an official release coming out via DJ Ayres & Tittsworth’s T&A Records.

The competition is made possible by Legitmix, technology that helps remixers and the artists they sample get credited and paid. Stream & buy “Beautiful People” below and keep reading for contest rules.


1) Go to and download the acapella and stems.

2) Make a remix using any sample that can be found in iTunes. You MUST use a sample and be willing to identify it.

3) Submit your track to the “Beautiful People” Legitmix page:

4) Add a photo, bio and social links to your Legitmix profile.

Deadline to enter is Dec 31, 2013. The winner will be contacted by email. Please don’t share your work until the winner has been announced.

How Legitmix works:

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About the artists:

Tatiana Owens is a 21 year-old Harlem-based singer, whose music has been featured on MTV, VH1 and Showtime. “Black and White,” her collaboration with Ayres’s The Rub crew and rapper Bigg Base, went to #1 on the RapNetwork Record Breakers College Chart, and her song “Pendulum” was nominated for Best Pop Song at the Hollywood Music Awards. Follow on Twitter and Like on Facebook.

DJ Ayres is your favorite DJ’s third favorite DJ. The Village Voice called DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven’s monthly Brooklyn party, The Rub, “the best party to dance sweatily to smart music.” And the New York Times called Ayres “One of New York’s best mixtape DJs.” He has shared bills with Gucci Mane, Diplo, Justice, LCD Soundsystem and The Chemical Brothers – and toured with A-Trak, Ghostface and Bun B. Ayres makes music and releases it on T&A Records with his partner Tittsworth. Follow on Twitter and Like on Facebook.

A brand new remix of The Rub “Dutty Gyal” featuring Natalie Storm is on this compilation from T&A Records. Smalltown DJs slow the tempo with this insanely catchy moombahton remix. Grab it here:

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The Rub Remixed

Art by Josh Ruck

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Download the Radio Edits (Zip File)

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Hot and fresh out the kitchen, it’s The Rub Remixed!

The Rub’s first EP of original music was released in June, and the duo (DJ Eleven and DJ Ayres) enlisted a handful of their favorite producers to remix the four songs.  Inspired by the legendary Brooklyn party, The Rub Remixed is extremely eclectic, from boom bap hip-hop to rave anthems to chill out vibes.

Marco Polo brings a 90s rap aesthetic to “Feel You,” enlisting Lil Fame from M.O.P. to add some Brooklyn grime to complement Misun’s smoky singing.  German dancehall dons So Shifty lift the Natalie Storm feature “Dutty Gyal” to high energy carnival Soca levels, while XXXChange (T&A) keeps the electro feel of the original track but raves it out.  Oakland’s Trackademicks (Fools Gold) smooths things out with his “Black & White” remix, delivering notes of  80s R&B and Bay slaps.  Michna’s (Ghostly International) “At Night” remix is deep and lo-fi, like Afrika Bambaata scoring a Michael Mann film.

Go to The Rub website to download the original The Rub EP for free along with The Rub’s brand new mix for The Fader, and don’t miss their monthly bash at The Bell House, where they are celebrating their 11 year anniversary this summer.



After we released “Dutty Gyal” with Natalie Storm, our first choice for remixers was So Shifty, and fuck, they smashed it! The OG was fairly electro-y, and So Shifty turned it into a huge Soca-pop jam. Follow them on Soundcloud and Twitter and be sure to get their EP on Mixpak and also get up on JR Blender if you aren’t already, this shit is the highest quality Caribbean remixes that money can’t buy.