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History of Hip Hop 2014


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2014 was a banner year for a handful of rappers and producers who were familiar to hip-hop fans – Young Money, GOOD Music, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, etc – but their music was evolving and absorbing influences from the margins.  Upstarts Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd,  Bobby Shmurda, OT Genasis, Makonnen and Dej Loaf all scored huge hits and got cosigns from the previous generation of rap stars.  DJ Mustard kept chugging along with a string of top 10 radio records in a streak which may have only been preceded by The Neptunes the decade prior.
History of Hip Hop 2014 is a rich tapestry of ATL trap, West Coast gangster rap and NYC drug dealer anthems, plus a ton of styles that defy categorization (D.R.A.M. raps over a Nintendo theme, Vic Mensa sings over deep house, Mystikal does a spot-on James Brown impression and Kanye is flipping full on gospel music).  We hope you enjoy listening to the mix as much as we did making it!
Tracklist:

Problem – Andale (ft. Lil Jon)
Wiz Khalifa – We Dem Boyz
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Juicy J – Low (ft. Young Thug)
Young Money ft. Drake – Trophies
Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone
E-40 – Choices (Yup)
OT Genasis – CoCo
Future – F*ck Up Some Commas
Salva – Drop That Bitch (ft. Kurupt, Schoolboy Q, Problem & Bad Lucc)
Kevin Gates – I Don’t Get Tired (ft. August Alsina)
Big K.R.I.T. – King of the South
Migos – Handsome and Wealthy
Bobby Shmurda – Hot N*gga
Rick Ross – Nobody (ft. French Montana)
DeJ Loaf – Try Me
IamSu – Only That Real (ft. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini)
DJ Mustard – No Reason (ft. YG, Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle & RJ)
Iggy Azalea – Fancy (ft. Charlie XCX)
Big Sean – IDFWU (ft. E-40)
Migos – Fight Night
Que – Rich N*gga Problems (ft. Future)
YG – Who Do You Love (ft. Drake)
Nicki Minaj – Truffle Butter (ft. Lil Wayne)
Low Pros – Muscle (ft. Juvenile)
Sage The Gemini – College Drop (ft. Kool John)
T.I. – About The Money (ft. Young Thug) Watch The Duck Remix
Kevin Gates – Break The Bitch Down (ft. K. Camp)
French Montana – Don’t Panic
Mr. Collipark – On The Table (ft. Fabo)
Mark Ronson – Feel Right (ft. Mystikal)
Kendrick Lamar – I Love Myself
Major Lazer – Aerosol Can (ft. Pharrell Williams)
Schoolboy Q – Studio (Grandtheft Edit)
Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck
Travis Scott – Don’t Play (ft. Big Sean & The 1975)
Rick Ross – Sanctified (ft. Kanye West & Big Sean)
Jeezy – Seen It All (ft. Jay-Z)
J. Cole – No Role Models
D.R.A.M. – Cha Cha
Busta Rhymes – Calm Down
Cam’ron & A-Trak – Dipshits
Run the Jewels – Close Your Eyes
Juvenile – Booty
Wiz Khalifa – Ass Drop
Rich Gang – Lifestyle (ft. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan)
Drake – 0 to 100
Lil Wayne – Believe Me (ft. Drake)
Bas – Lit (ft. J Cole & K-Quick)
Bar Kays – Be Like Me (ft. 8 Ball & MJG)
Big K.R.I.T. – Mind Control (ft. E-40 & Wiz Khalifa)
YG – Really Be (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Makonnen – Tuesday (ft. Drake)

May 8th, 2019Categories: DJ Mixes, Downloads, The Rub

Rub Radio April 2019

Rub Radio is back with a mix of new music, our first one in a while after 4 consecutive Hip Hop History mixes. Ayres and Eleven pay tribute to Nipsey Hussle (RIP), build a vibe with new disco, hip-hop and R&B then close out the set with some deep house and club records. Enjoy! And be sure to come back next month for Hip Hop History 2014.

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ODB – Good Morning Heartbreak (Intro)
Nipsey Hussle – Dedication (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Anderson .Paak – King James
Kaytranda – Dysfunctional (ft. VanJess)
Escort – Slide
2 Chainz – 2 Dollar Bill
Melii – HML (ft. A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
Afro B – Melanin
Casanova – 2 AM (ft. Tory Lanez & Davido)
Birdman & Juvenile – Filthy Money
Gunna – One Call
Flume – Friends (ft. Reo Cragun)
Semma & Kingdom – Bittersweet
KH – Only Human
Todd Edwards – You’re Sorry
Maxwell – Shame (H508 Cyril Hahn Remix)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Energy Fantasy (Baltra Vocal Remix)

April 19th, 2019Categories: DJ Mixes, The Rub

Hip-Hop History 2013

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Listen to all of 34 of The Rub’s History mixes, from 1979 to 2013, at http://www.itstherub.com/category/history-of-hip-hop/.

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March 15th, 2019Categories: DJ Mixes, The Rub

Love Rap Live Mix

Recorded live at House of Wax in Downtown Brooklyn, Love Rap is over two and a half hours of hip-hop love songs. From LL Cool J “I Need Love” (1987) to SZA & Travis Scott “Love Galore” (2017), this is the very best of rap romance and sexual braggadocio.

Tracklist:

J-88 – Look Of Love (Excel Sample Edit)
Mary J. Blige – I Love You (Remix ft. Smif N Wessun)
Big Daddy Kane – Smooth Operator
2Pac – Do For Love
Apache – Gangsta Bitch
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
Common Sense – I Used to Love Her
Young Gunnaz – No Better Love
Shyne – Bonnie & Shyne (ft. Barrington Levy)
G-Unit – I Wanna Get To Know You
Eric B. & Rakim – Mahogany
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February 14th, 2019Categories: DJ Mixes, The Rub

Hip-Hop History 2012

There’s an argument to be made that 2012 was one of the greatest years in hip-hop. The Rub’s History of Hip Hop 2012 mix argues the case forcefully, with wall to wall bangers in a plethora of regional styles.

LA’s DJ Mustard produced approximately 99.9% of the songs on hip-hop & R&B radio, and Kendrick Lamar dropped a masterpiece of an LP. Future, Macklemore, and Trinidad James blew up, Big Sean, Meek Mill and 2 Chainz had monster radio records, and Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music compilation kept him on the airwaves (alongside Jay-Z and Pusha T). NOLA bounce saw a big resurgence: Nicky Da B went from local artist to international sensation with “Express Yourself,” and the “Triggaman” beat found its way into big club singles by T.I. & Lil Wayne, Trina and Meek Mill among others. ATL-style hip-hop trap and EDM-style trap began to play nice together, and DJs like Bauuer, Diplo, Lunice & Hudson Mohawke, RL Grime and Cashmere Cat all had big hybrid hip-hop-R&B-EDM-trap records. The Bay area scene also produced a bunch of hits, especially HBK Gang. Throw in a NY renaissance – French Montana, Nicki Minaj, ASAP Mob, Action Bronson, El-P, etc – and you’ve got yourself a banner year for hip-hop.

Listen to all of 33 of The Rub’s History mixes, from 1979 to 2012, at http://www.itstherub.com/category/history-of-hip-hop/.

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February 13th, 2019Categories: DJ Mixes, The Rub

History of Hip Hop 2011

As The Rub’s History of Hip Hop mix series moves into the teens, the range of styles ever widens, touching on everything from classic soul samples to weird dubstep beats. (Watch The Throne had both.) Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross were featured on everything; Juicy J. was putting out mixtapes at an astonishing rate, and Meek Mill had a couple of career-defining hits. J. Cole, Big Sean, Future, A$AP Mob, Odd Future and the Black Hippy crew were the new kids on the block, and Kreayshawn and YC were the year’s biggest one hit wonders. In R&B, both The Weeknd and Frank Ocean debuted in 2011. All told, it’s a pretty incredible year to revisit!

So enjoy this blast from the recent past, and remember you can catch up on all of The Rub History of Hip Hop mixes (1979 – 2010) at http://www.itstherub.com/category/history-of-hip-hop/.

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December 19th, 2018Categories: DJ Mixes, Downloads, The Rub

History of Hip Hop 2010

Fans of The Rub’s History of Hip Hop series have been asking for new episodes since 2009, and your dreams have finally been fulfilled! We pick up right where we left off, and we’ll be dropping another year every month until we’re caught up.

2010 was dominated by a few big stars – Young Money’s Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne were on the radio and in clubs nonstop, along with huge hits by Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and Kanye. Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T. and J. Cole were the hot up-and-comers. It was Ludacris and Jeezy’s last really stellar year, and we also got surprising comeback singles from Dipset, Lloyd Banks, Nas and Big Boi. And 2010 was a great year for producers, including Lex Luger, AraabMuzik, Clams Casino, Stargate and of course Kanye West and Swizz Beats.

So enjoy this blast from the recent past, and remember you can catch up on all of The Rub History of Hip Hop mixes (1979 – 2010) at http://www.itstherub.com/category/history-of-hip-hop/.

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December 19th, 2018Categories: DJ Mixes, Downloads

The Rub NYE Mix 2018

OkayPlayer.com just premiered our new mix of the best music of 2017, to ring in the New Year!

Calvin Harris – Rollin (ft. Future & Khalid)
Dej Loaf – No Fear
Jeremih – I Think Of You (ft. Chris Brown & Big Sean)
French Montana – A Lie (ft. The Weeknd & Max B)
Injury Reserve – See You Sweat
Joey Purp – Girls At (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Wizkid – African Bad Gyal (ft. Chris Brown)
Major Lazer – Run Up + Remix (ft. Partynextdoor, Vybz Kartel & Nicki Minaj)
Riton – Money (ft. Kah-Lo, Mr. Eazi, Davido)
Duke Dumont & Gorgon City – Real Life (ft. Naations)
The XX – On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)
Jim E-Stack – Dreamt
Vince Staples – Love Can Be (ft. Ray J, Kilo Kish & Damon Albarn)
Sinjin Hawke – They Can’t Love You
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow (UNIIQU3 Remix)
Gucci Mane – Both (ft. Drake)
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Drowning (ft. Kodak Black)
Future – Mask Off
Lil Uzi Vert – XO Tour Life
ASAP Ferg – Plain Jane
Jay-Z – Family Feud (ft. Beyoncé)
CyHi The Prynce – Nu Africa (Album Version) ft. Ernestine Johnson
Jidenna – Boomerang
Maleek Berry – 4 Me
Drake – Madiba Riddim
Smalltown DJs – Erased The Night (ft. Lisa Lobsinger)
SZA – Love Galore (ft. Travis Scott)
Kendrick Lamar – LOVE. (ft. Zacari)

December 27th, 2017Categories: DJ Mixes, The Rub

Rub Radio Aug 2017

Rub Radio for August is coming in heavy with a roundup of summer bangers. We set it off with a wealth of great new hip-hop from the likes of French Montana, Vince Staples, and Texas legends Z-Ro and Trae. Then we go into stellar new dance cuts from Kah-lo, Jim-E Stack and Claus Casper w/ Jean Phillips. Give it a spin this week before hitting The Bellhouse this Saturday night!

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Tracklist:

French Montana – A Lie (ft. The Weeknd & Max B)
Tyga – Run It Back (ft. Young Thug)
Z-Ro – He’s Not Done Yet
Trae – Thuggin (ft. Young Thug & Skippa da Flippa)
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Drowning (Water) ft. Kodak Black
Vince Staples – Love Can Be… (ft. Damon Albarn, Kilo Kish, Ray J & GTA)
Janet Jackson – Someone To Call My Lover (James Patrick Drum Dub)
Kah-lo – Fasta (ft. Riton)
Claus Casper & Jean Philips – Shameless
Jim-E Stack – Dreamt
Alunageorge – Turn Up The Love
Count Bass D – Too Much Pressure (ft. Snoop Dogg)
Tuxedo – July (Sly & Robbie’s Dub)

August 21st, 2017Categories: DJ Mixes, The Rub

Rub Radio May 2017

Here’s a mix of our favorite new music to get you pumped for The Rub this weekend!

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Tracklist:
Run The Jewels – Down (ft. Joi)
Joey Badass – Devastated
Kingdom – Down 4 Whatever (ft. SZA)
Joe Goddard – Truth is Light
Sinjin Hawke – They Can’t Love You (ft. )
Riton – Money (ft. Kah-Lo, Mr Eazi, Davido)
SoulClap – The Drums (Din Daa Daa) ft. George Kranz
Tuxedo – 2nd Time Around
The Weeknd – Rockin
1-O.A.K. – Dead Wrong

May 22nd, 2017Categories: DJ Mixes, The Rub