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The comparison it most often draws is with DJ Shadow's Endtroducing. The reason is clear, given the complexity of the arrangements and the "soundscape" quality to a lot of the tracks. However, this album is both less intense and less eclectic than that milestone. Which isn't necessarily bad-- just different. rjd2's tracks tend to be more funk-oriented and less bass-heavy. Normally that would be a strike against it for me. I may generally prefer the dark, urban stuff, but this album works brilliantly. Effective sampling and just enough turntable trickery to please (well, almost enough) make this album (like Endtroducing) consistently good from start to finish. It's good to see that the "DJ-as-artist" trend is alive and well. This album should help convince some doubters that it's worthwhile musical terrain.
Being a producer/music creator myself(not a DJ), I can appreciate the style and creative force that RJD2 wields like an iron sceptor. Each song is crafted and laid out with tight beats and awesome production. All of the reviews on this spot seem to classify RJ as this or that. WEll, to be honest, he has his own style, RJ style. It sounds like no one else.
RJ seems to enjoy using samples, but his creative energy shines forth. This album is more "hip hop" oriented,, even featuring a few emcees who rock the mic right. I love this cd and I would recommend it to all who enjoy tight beats.
disparate elements to make for soulful, moody portraits of the
world. Born in Eugene, OR, on May 27, 1976, he moved to Columbus,
OH, a few years later and was raised there. He first busted out onto
the hip-hop scene in 1998 -- a time when producers were emerging
from the shadows to seize the spotlight -- as the DJ/producer for
the Columbus-based group Megahertz. MHz had two 12" singles released
on Bobbito Garcia's Fondle 'Em Records and the group was mentioned
in Vibe Magazine's "History of Hip Hop."
In 2000, RJD2 produced Copywrite's debut single, "Holier Than Thou,"
on Rawkus Records. In the spring of 2001, he made his first formal
appearance as a solo artist on the Def Jux Presents... compilation,
proving he could hold his own alongside such luminaries as Company
Flow, El-P, Cannibal Ox, and Aesop Rock. RJD2's debut album, Dead
Ringer, followed on Def Jux in 2002. One of the best underground hip-
hop releases of the year, it melded dirty samples and a classic
approach to song structure for an end result that gave DJ Shadow, DJ
Spooky, and Moby a run for their money.
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I am a huge fan of RJD2, and purchased my favorite album of his for my new record player.
Within fifteen seconds of placing the needle on the record, right out of the... Read more
RJD2's debut, DEADRINGER, made a huge splash... and how could it not, with such a gripping, spooky and funky opener as "The Horror"? Read morePublished 6 months ago by scoundrel
Classic album with a great appearance by Blueprint. Would suggest following it up with "The Horror" remix album. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brant
God like, this is seriously one of my favorite albums of all time. It will probably remain that way until I pass. Read morePublished 9 months ago by TSJ