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Album Review

The Colossus is Rjd2's first self-produced album for his own label, RJ's Electrical Connections, and it definitely benefits from being released by a boutique. Aside from the features, which come from friends rather than fortune-makers, The Colossus finds Rjd2 back to doing what he did when he first began recording: simply curating excellent productions instead of wooing a new audience by creating expressly written songs or telling a story with his full-lengths. A couple of the instrumentals here are entirely constructed from samples (starting with the opener "Let There Be Horns"), and they create a fractured sense of swing — especially since they sit so well next to slightly more "played" productions. Rjd2's guests are singers more than rappers (with just a few exceptions), so the R&B vibe behind "Games You Can Win" (featuring Kenna) and the infectious, horn-led "Crumbs Off the Table" (featuring Aaron Livingston) is palpable. Whether Rjd2 needed a reset or not after leaving his previous label, The Colossus shows him relaxed and happy being his own boss.

Customer Reviews

Great cd

Bringing back the old style of sampling from his earlier stuff but also some of the same types of vocals (especially his own) that were found on the last CD. A Son's Cycle and a Spaceship for Now are my two favs on the CD. DL those two tracks if you are unsure about buying the entire album. I have a feeling it will grow on me but some of the tracks are really just a bit too slow and un-exciting, similar to the style of his last CD.

Unfortunately it missed the mark

Considering the press about this album, I am let down. As a fan of RJ, I've been buying his albums for years, hoping that his once cinematic multi layered approach to his unique genre would once again inspire me. Unfortunately, this time it did not. I'm not sure where he is going with his recent albums, but as an artist who relies on the music of other artist to inspire me, I'm uninspired. I wish you the best RJ, considering I still rock dead ringer almost weekly. I know that sound is still knock'n around your head. Marketing is not timeless...

RJ Does it again

RJD2 is back with another banger, and this time it's under his own record label. I enjoyed this album from start to finish. Deadringer and The Third Hand fans will both appreciate these tracks. My personal favorites are Let There Be Horns, Giant Squid, and The Stranger.

Overall good album


Born: May 27, 1976 in Eugene, OR

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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