12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One-man power station RJD2’s heady, psychedelic funk hasn’t sounded this strong since his 2002 breakthrough, Dead Ringer. Fusing the crate-digging collages of his early work with underground rap, '70s soul, sci-fi synthscapes, and the songwriter impulses of The Third Hand, Dame Fortune is an expansive, encyclopedic experience that covers so much ground in so little time you wonder what kind of ship he’s driving. Take, for example, the opening hat trick of “A Portal Inward,” “The Roaming Hoard,” and “Peace of What,” which gets us from Mars, 3003 to Philadelphia, 1972 without breaking a sweat.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One-man power station RJD2’s heady, psychedelic funk hasn’t sounded this strong since his 2002 breakthrough, Dead Ringer. Fusing the crate-digging collages of his early work with underground rap, '70s soul, sci-fi synthscapes, and the songwriter impulses of The Third Hand, Dame Fortune is an expansive, encyclopedic experience that covers so much ground in so little time you wonder what kind of ship he’s driving. Take, for example, the opening hat trick of “A Portal Inward,” “The Roaming Hoard,” and “Peace of What,” which gets us from Mars, 3003 to Philadelphia, 1972 without breaking a sweat.

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5

15 Ratings

15 Ratings

YES

Nickbrown4311,

I've been waiting months for this release, I'm absolutely in love with his new project!

The Best Beat Baker

irrelevant24,

No reviews yet? Alright, look, RJ is a dope producer. Dude can make beats with the best of 'em. Not only that, he bakes all kinds of cakes and pies and other morsels that'll make your mouth water. He's the best beat baker around, so buy this album and get to movin', shakin', bakin'... whatever it is you want to do... because this album is oven fresh.

Why

MondoBoulder,

... is this categorized as hip-hop/rap?

About RJD2

RJD2's music is a collage of cut-and-paste hip-hop that combines disparate elements to make for soulful, moody portraits of the world. Born Ramble John Krohn in Eugene, Oregon, on May 27, 1976, he moved to Columbus, Ohio 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. Aside from his top-billed recordings, he also provided productions for Cage's Hell's Winter and Aceyalone's Magnificent City (the latter also spawned an instrumentals album, Magnificent City Instrumentals).

RJD2 returned in 2004 with Since We Last Spoke, which blended hip-hop with elements of pop. He then moved to XL to fully indulge his passion for pop, releasing The Third Hand in early 2007. In early 2010, he dropped The Colossus. It was the first album to be released on his own label, RJ's Electrical Connections. Months later, he released Inversions of the Colossus, containing instrumental versions of The Colossus' vocal tracks and several additional cuts. The album More Is Than Isn't arrived in 2013 and featured appearances from Phonte Coleman, Aaron Livingston, and Blueprint. The R&B and soul flavors found on the LP returned on 2015's STS x RJD2, a collaborative effort recorded with rapper STS. Phonte Coleman, Blueprint, Son Little, and Jordan Brown all appeared on his 2016 solo effort, Dame Fortune. ~ Charles Spano

  • ORIGIN
    Eugene, OR
  • BORN
    May 27, 1976

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