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Music, All Shook Down Instrumental Hip-Hop Sucks. Ban It Forever.

Instrumental Hip-Hop Sucks. Ban It Forever.

Instrumental hip-hop should be banned. It's the banal, meandering stepchild of hip-hop. It's a front-runner for the dubious honor of being the world's most snooze-inducing form of music. And, shockingly, there are still producers and fans who insist on…
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Music, All Shook Down RJD2 on the Dehumanizing of Music, and Performing with Four Turntables

RJD2 on the Dehumanizing of Music, and Performing with Four Turntables

Performing with and producing for artists like EL-P, Aesop Rock, and Aceyalone, RJD2 has paved an unprecedented path for himself since the 2002 debut of his instrumental hip-hop album, Deadringer. He's shown his creativity in a variety of outlets, whether it…
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Music, All Shook Down Glow Into 2011 With This Free Rjd2 Remix EP

Glow Into 2011 With This Free Rjd2 Remix EP

Ohio-via-Philly producer Rjd2, the best instrumental hip-hop beatsmith in the country circa 2002, has been keeping busy. This February will see the release of We Are The Doorways, the debut full-length from his return-to-form side project The Insane Warrior, mere…
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Music, All Shook Down Review and Download: Pretty Lights' 'Spilling Over Every Side'

Review and Download: Pretty Lights' 'Spilling Over Every Side'

"I now require an email address to download Pretty Lights music," explains Derek Vincent Smith on the giveaway portion of his website, where most of his recent discography can be yours for the price of an "@" symbol. "I…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night:  RJD2 and Busdriver at the Independent

Last Night: RJD2 and Busdriver at the Independent

RJD2, Busdriver Wednesday, April 7, 2010 The IndependentBetter than: Karaoke night with R2D2 and a bus driver.

Indie-rapper Busdriver called last night's bill at the Independent a "weird rap night." The music was eclectic, to be sure, but the vibe was strange too. It was…
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Music, Hear This RJD2

RJD2

When he emerged in 2002 with his debut LP, Deadringer, Philadelphia-based RJD2 (born Ramble John Krohn) was pegged as the next DJ Shadow. He possessed a similar crate-digging prowess; a love of classic soul, funk, and hip-hop; and a reliance…
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Music, BeatBox Gobbling Psychedelics with Stars of the Lid

Gobbling Psychedelics with Stars of the Lid

RJD2 (aka Philadelphia-based Ramble John Krohn) offers a much broader musical palette than the sparse bleeps of the little Star Wars robot that inspired his name. Primarily known for sample-heavy hip-hop work, the producer's 2007 album The Third Hand saw…
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Music, Beat This

Beat This

Think it's easy being a dope producer? Think again. Sure, it may seem like fun to make blazing tracks for MCs to spit over and moody, instrumental pastiches, but most knob-twiddlers tend to be perfectionists who find it hard to…
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Music, BeatBox Aceyalone and RJD2 team up for hip hop sweetness; Joaquin Joe Claussell brings soulful house from NYC

Aceyalone and RJD2 team up for hip hop sweetness; Joaquin Joe Claussell brings soulful house from NYC

For more than 15 years, Los Angeles has cultivated a cadre of hip hop artists who make music that's distinct from the gangsta-soaked offerings of names like Snoop Dogg and DJ Quik. One such standout is Aceyalone (real name: Eddie…
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Music, BeatBox Videogames and Stevie Wonder compliments of Amon Tobin, RJD2, and "Wonder-Full 2"

Videogames and Stevie Wonder compliments of Amon Tobin, RJD2, and "Wonder-Full 2"

Amon Tobin's got game. Or, rather, the game's got Amon Tobin. The Brazilian-born, Montreal-residing breakbeat specialist and Ninja Tune mainstay's most recent project was crafting the music for this year's Xbox special-ops shoot'em-up Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. The results were…
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Music, Reviewed Dosh

Dosh

I like to think of instrumental hip hop as background music for alternative-universe waiting rooms. Instead of easy listening, lite rock, and smooth jazz, all the doctors in this other world groove out to tracks by RJD2, Wagon Christ, and…
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Music, Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

Now that everybody can (and does) have his 15 minutes of fame, it's about time we completely overhauled Mr. Warhol's prediction, especially when it comes to hip hop: In the future, let's hope that no genre of music has more…
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Music, Reviewed Soul Position

Soul Position

Producer RJD2 shot into the spotlight with his 2002 debut, Dead Ringer. The sample-based album was filled with lush, evolving instrumentals, and critics ate it up, many branding him the Second Coming of DJ Shadow. After a Dead Ringer track…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Pioneering Los Angeles lyricist Aceyalone (celebrating the release of his new album, Love & Hate) and trailblazing New York producer Prince Paul (who also has a new one, Politics of the Business) have joined forces for the cleverly dubbed "Love…
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Music, Reviewed Boom Bip

Boom Bip

For the past few years, a group of independent hip hop producers and MCs -- from Emeryville's Anticon crew to Columbus' RJD2 to New York's El-P -- has been fucking with mainstream hip hop, lobbing cherry bombs down the toilet…
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Music, Reviewed RJD2

RJD2

RJD2 might just be the most talented hip hop producer you haven't heard of. Until now, the Columbus, Ohio, turntablist had only a couple of singles to his name, but Deadringer announces his arrival as a major talent behind the…
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