The Rub’s Best of New York Mix
By Raspberry Jones
Distance—or lack thereof. It helps narrate the eight million stories of New York’s organized chaos flow. What qualifies as an invasion of privacy elsewhere, is a New Yorker’s way of saying, “excuse me.” The roars of a crowded life: Learn to exist atop one another, yet figure out how to live on your own. Make sure to cherish personal space, thoughts, experiences—but don’t get precious about sharing them on every street-corner, rush-hour subway, or club dance-floor. To survive, keep the things you love close and protect them; though don’t forget to brandish them sharply when expressing your individuality. Especially, when expressing your individuality amongst your people.
Inevitably, your people will have an anthem, a rallying call. His and her people will too. Most New Yorkers do. “Their” song or “their” artist, one long ago taken stock of, and never the twain shall part. Getting your own isn’t hard—it’s a town built on music. There are as many personal anthems in this city as there are clubs, and as many clubs as posses, each at a conscious arm’s length from the next—different neighborhoods, different strokes, and so on. Separate but equal, they sometimes call it—which is, frankly, bullshit—but it does offer an educated musical consumer a limitless choice of which rally to call his/her own.
Though on occasion, they all rally together. Arm-lengths shorten, the separation falls away, yours and theirs becomes ours—and the city sings with one voice, dances on the same beat. This pretense of musical U-N-I-T-Y mostly lasts no longer than a New York minute, an oasis. Yet when it does come around, the city transforms into that mythical place you read of in books, the one you were moving to. This one song engulfs your every move. Your local DJ sets off the dance-floor with it. The midnight jeep boys blast it, keeping you awake. The Garden blares it during time-outs—and maybe some jock choreographs a dance to it. Now the bartenders, the baristas, even the bros. It grows tiring. The oasis dissolves. Though its memory remains, residue retained on the tip of your tongue and on your breath, stuck in your ear forever.
The New York Anthem is a category. Look it up! Impervious to distance—or lack thereof—folding time and space, triggering memory, defining careers. Ask Frank or Liza—or O.C. Each generation gets the one(s) it deserves. Not a sentimental journey, but utilitarian in its emotional and rhythmic output. Just like the city that it serves.
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The Rub x Brian Coleman – Check The Technique 2
A brand new mixtape for hip-hop junkies selected from Brian Coleman’s new book, “Check The Technique Volume 2″. An ornate jigsaw puzzle of classic hip-hop records mixed with the original samples: 80s, 90s, 00s raps from 3rd Bass, The Coup, Gravediggaz, The Beatnuts, Kool G Rap, Dr. Octagon, Black Star and many more.
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We’ve got a brand new mix of classic soul to hold you down over the long weekend and ease the pain of the end of summer! Stream and download it over at BrooklynRadio. It goes like this:
The Drifters – Under the Boardwalk (1964)
The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1960)
James Brown – Try Me (1959)
Dion – Runaround Sue (1961)
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1955)
Franki Valli and the Four Seasons – Beggin (1967)
The Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin On (1966)
Fontella Bass – Rescue Me (1965)
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – Jimmy Mack (1967)
The Del-Vikings – Come Go With Me (1961)
Brenton Wood – Gimme Little Sign (1967)
The Spinners – It’s A Shame (1964)
Sam & Dave – Hold On, I’m Coming (1966)
The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love (1966)
Gloria Jones – Tainted Love (1965)
The Contours – Do You Love Me (1962)
Jackie Wilson – Higher and Higher (1967)
Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay (1968)
Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and with it another tide of randy, amorous DJ mixes cleverly hoping to capitalize on the trending topic and incite libidos around the world. Well, you can forget about all those cheesy basslines and sultry vocals, because we have an R&B mix to end all R&B mixes. The Rub has carefully assembled Luv U Better, an hour-long set, jam-packed with early 2000s R&B joints from top-shelf vibe dealers like Brandy, Ashanti, R. Kelly, and Aaliyah, which you can stream above.
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Nina Sky – Intro
Brandy – What About Us
Ashanti – Only You
Cassie – Long Way 2 Go
Kelis – Caught Out There
Rell – It’s Obvious feat. Jay-Z
Joe – Stutter (Double Take Remix) feat. Mystikal
SWV – Can We (Get Freaky Tonight) feat. Missy Elliot
Aaliyah – Come Back In One Piece feat. DMX
Keyshia Cole – I Changed My Mind
Faith Evans – You Gets No Love
Ryan Leslie – Just Right feat. Snoop Dogg
Mary J Blige – Back 2 Life 2000 feat. Jadakiss
Mariah Carey – Heartbreaker Remix feat. Da Brat & Missy Elliot
Joe – Ride With U feat. G-Unit
Babyface – There She Goes
Faith Evans – Burnin Up (Just Blaze Remix) feat. Freeway
New Edition – Hot 2 Nite
Jaheim – Just in Case
Mario – Let Me Love You
Musiq Soulchild – Just Friends (Sunny)
Raphael Saadiq – Still Ray
Lauryn Hill – Ex Factor
R-Kelly – When A Woman’s Fed Up
Jaheim – Could It Be
D’Angelo – Untitled (How Does It Feel)
Unfortunately, The Rub NYE party is all sold out. But, with the help of our friends at Okayplayer, we’re bring the party to you.
Adidas asked us to make a mix for their Classics series, so Ayres & I picked up our crystal ball and predicted 25 Future Classics. Here are some of our favorite rap records from the last year and change, with a sprinkling of rock, dancehall and trap for good measure.
Playing at The Do-Over has become one of my favorite-est things about LA. A receptive crowd, palm trees in the venue, and all the sangria folks can drink make it a highlight every single year. This might be the sloppiest of the sets I’ve played there over the years but it was also one of the funnest!
I’ve been toying around with different ideas about what to do with my mixtape catalog for a couple years now. No one is buying mixtapes, so why bother trying to sell them. And fewer and fewer people even have CD players, much less cassette decks, so why give them away. But I’m still very proud of them, so why let them collect dust in a box or on a harddrive. How about giving them all away… There’s a good idea!
I’ve uploaded every mixtape I could put my hands on to Mixcloud for streaming, as well as including a download link in the description for each. Go nuts, tell a friend, and don’t hesitate to share the links!