RJD2: A 'Colossal' Return To Form


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Instrumental hip-hop artist and producer Ramble John Khron, better known as RJD2, emerged as an exciting new voice in hip-hop after the release of his 2002 debut album, Deadringer. As a musician, his innovations in beat-making — utilizing pop hooks and organic instrumentation — shook up hip-hop and landed him shows with DJ Shadow, El-P, David Lynch and The Roots. As a producer, he's worked with a range of artists and styles, from Mos Def to The Polyphonic Spree and Massive Attack. Taking his career a step further in 2009, RJD2 created his own record label called RJ's Electrical Connections, under which he released his new album, Colossus.

Colossus marks a departure from the relatively traditional pop-rock sound of RJD2's 2007 album, The Third Hand. His pop influences surface on tracks such as "The Glow," but his textures are driven by kick and snare patterns that resemble the hip-hop of his earlier work. With Colossus, RJD2 has become more sophisticated in integrating his assorted tastes, but the album preserves the sound that made him an underground star. It features collaborations with a series of top-notch artists, including Kenna and The Catalyst.



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