In 2006 me and DJ Ayres as The Rub went on tour with A-Trak for the North American “Sunglasses Is A Must” tour. About two months of rocking parties coast to coast to coast. 4 turntables, 3 laptops, 2 microphones, samplers, foot pedals, drum machines, cowbells, stuffed talking robotic parrots, giant inflatable liquor bottles, and more… Captured here live from our show in Indianapolis, Indiana. Parts one and two for your enjoyment… Fun times!
WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE RAP ALBUMS SINCE 2000? Glad you asked… This is kind of like a Top Ten, with the honorable mentions at the bottom, and although they’re not in any particular order I’ll tell you why I chose these first ten for my favorites. Bear in mind these are my personal opinions as someone who’s has been listening to rap music their entire life, who understands music pretty well, and who has been an active DJ during this entire era. Also understand that the art of the album is dying so a big consideration to me was looking at these albums for what they were – complete works. There were a lot of other records out there that really could have qualified but maybe they were too long, meandering along with 22+ songs and shit. Or maybe they were so special guest feature ridden that they felt more like compilations than specific visions of an artist. Also, time changes, sounds change, music changes and tastes changes. A lot of stuff that I swore I would consider classics back in the day just didn’t stand the test of time when I revisited them. So all in all, the records below are the ones that I feel are the high-watermark of rap music in the last 13 years. Again, this is just my opinion, and I am sure that I must have forgotten and would love to add, but this list is something that I am going stick to.
One of the hottest records burning up the dancefloors and killing it in my sets comes from France in the form of DJ Snake’s “Bird Machine” first released on Mad Decent’s Jeffree’s imprint. A funny little tune that was neither rap nor trap but a bit of both, it really sets it off when I play it. Recently I was messing around in my live sets and blending Too $hort’s “Blow The Whistle” with it (duh) and it’s been coming off like crazy. So I whipped up this simple but incredibly effective little bootleg blend for everyone’s enjoyment! Hope you like it and if so, LIKE it, comment on it, share, blog, rip, burn, play, rock out to it, and all that good stuff!
Here is another edition of the Top Ten Mix featuring all songs that I am really feeling. Mostly current but I had to respect the master Donald Byrd and kick it off with his masterpiece “Think Twice.” Hope you enjoy it, and as always feel free to download, like, share, blog about, comment on, and blast.