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2017 was a year of breakout stars: Cardi B, 21 Savage, XXXTentacion, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie all went from 0 to 100.  Of course some familiar faces continued to reign, like Migos, Future, Drake, Gucci Mane and Kendrick Lamar.  It was also a year of interesting collaborations: Pharrell had Rihanna try her hand at rapping, Jay-Z and No I.D. threw it back to the Blueprint era, and Calvin Harris competed with DJ Khaled to see who could have the most features on an album.  Overall, a super eclectic and exciting year in hip-hop!

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Rub Radio September 2019

Rub Radio this month is mixed by DJ M!LLS, who will be playing the party on Saturday, September 28.  (Plus he has been designing our flyers for the last two years!)  The mix is chock-a-block with summer bangers, perfectly wrapping up the season, and even teases a handful of future hits going into fall.


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Rub Radio August 2019

This month we’re joined by DJ Dirtyfinger, both on Rub Radio and at the party at The Bell House on Saturday 8/31! Our August mix boasts a wide variety of shit we’re feeling, including new rap, dancehall, afrobeats, house, R&B and NOLA brass.


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Rub Radio – DJ Riz live @ The Rub part 1 & 2

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!

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Rub Radio September 2018

The Rub boys start things off with Mac Miller (R.I.P.) and then get
right into the new shit by Lil Baby, Ciara, Cassius, Sleepy Brown and
more! Just in time for their party this Saturday, Sept 29 at The Bell

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Mac Miller – Red Dot Music (feat. Action Bronson)
Travis Scott – R.I.P. SCREW
Youngboy NBA – Head On (feat. Kevin Gates)
Lil Baby & Gunna – Drip Too Hard
Cardi B – I Do (feat. SZA)
Mnek – Correct
Naeem – Sway(e)ed
Ciara – Level Up
A-Trak feat. Todd Terry – DJs Gotta Dance More (Cassius Burnin’ Mix)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Energy Fantasy
Tuff City Kids feat. Joe Goddard – Reach Out (Osborne Remix)
Silk City – Electricity (feat. Dua Lipa)
Sleepy Brown – If You Want It (feat. Scar)

Rub Radio August 2018

This month Rub Radio shares the decks with one of our favorite guests, Kevlove, who will be bringing the heat at The Bellhouse on Saturday, August 25. Kev brings a smooth ass set of new joints from D.R.A.M., Childish Gambino, PNB Rock, and The Rub bats cleanup with tracks by Tyga, RL Grime, Ryan Hemsworth and more!

KevLove Guest Mix

Trippie Redd – Oomps Revenge
The Carters – LOVEHAPPY
Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer
D.R.A.M. – Best Hugs
Jay Worthy, King Most & LNDN DRGS – Westside Party
YG – Slay feat. Quavo
PnB Rock – Nowadays
Krept & Konan ft Jhene Aiko – Wrongs
Stefflon Don – Senseless
YNW Melly – Wine For Me
Roses Gabor – Illusions (feat. Sampha)
Mac Miller – Ladders

The Rub Mix

DJDS – I Get By (ft. Amber Marks & Vory)
Drake – Don’t Matter To Me (ft. Michael Jackson)
Tyga – Taste (ft. Offset)
Jacques Greene – Nordschleife
RL Grime – Shoulda
How To Dress Well – The Anteroom / False Skull 1
Ryan Hemsworth – Think About U (ft. Joji)

#TBT Rub Radio – RIP Prodigy

Hard to believe it’s already been a year since we lost Prodigy. Recorded live at The Rub last June with Ayres on the decks. RIP to this true hip-hop legend. Shout out again to Mike Davis for the cover art.

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Mobb Deep – Got It Twisted
Mobb Deep – It’s Mine (ft. Nas)
Mobb Deep – G.O.D. Pt. III
Mobb Deep – Trife Life
LL Cool J – I Shot Ya (ft. Prodigy)
Mobb Deep – Give Up The Goods (ft. Big Noyd)
Mobb Deep – Drink Away The Pain (ft. Q-Tip)
Pete Rock – Tha Game (ft. Prodigy)
Mobb Deep – Drop A Gem On Em
Prodigy – Keep It Thoro
Mobb Deep – Burn (ft. Big Noyd & Vita)
Mobb Deep – Quiet Storm (ft. Lil Kim)
Mobb Deep – Still Shinin’ (DJ Excel Edit)
Mobb Deep – Survival of the Fittest
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Part Two

To get pumped up for our Belly screening and afterparty, we’ve been gathering up all the songs with Hype Williams music videos. Hype has directed something like 200 clips since 1991 – he’s done 20 videos with Kanye West alone. So to keep the mix from being 10 hours long, we focused on his mid to late 90s output, basically the Belly era. And it’s a real meaningful time for us, as we went from rocking house parties to playing primetime slots in New York clubs along this same timeline.

We are screening Belly at The Alamo in Brooklyn on Thursday, May 10 to launch their our film series. And after the movie, DJ Eleven and DJ Ayres will be spinning a special set of 90s hip-hop, R&B and dancehall records at The House of Wax, inside The Alamo and free to the public! Even if you missed getting a ticket for the movie, you can still come drink and party with us from around 8:45 on, at 445 Albee Square West.


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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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#TBT – Rub Radio March 2016

#TBT this week to 2 years ago for March 2016’s edition of Rub Radio. Instant classics from Anderson .Paak, Kanye, Thugga along with some slept on bangers from Riton, Club Cheval, Tunji Ige and more. Guess this is proof that forward thinking soul movement has be digging in like crazy for over 2 years now. Revisit this one asap today for some guaranteed ear candy.

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