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RJD2
RJD2 at Moogfest 2014.jpgRJD2 performing at Moogfest 2014
Background information
Birth nameRamble Jon Krohn
Also known asRJ, The Insane Warrior
Born(1976-05-27) May 27, 1976 (age 40)
Eugene, Oregon, United States
OriginColumbus, Ohio, United States
GenresHip hop,[1] indie rock[2]
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ, singer-songwriter
Years active1993–present
LabelsDefinitive Jux, XL Recordings, RJ's Electrical Connections
Associated actsThe Dirty Birds, Icebird, MHz Legacy, Soul Position, Aceyalone, STS
Websitewww.rjd2.net

Ramble Jon Krohn[3] (born May 27, 1976),[4] better known by his stage name RJD2, is an American musician based in Columbus, Ohio.[5] He is owner of record label RJ's Electrical Connections.[6] He has been member of groups such as Soul Position,[7] MHz Legacy,[8] and Icebird.[9]

Contents

  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Discography
    • 2.1 Studio albums
    • 2.2 Compilation albums
    • 2.3 Mix albums
    • 2.4 EPs
    • 2.5 Singles
    • 2.6 Guest appearances
    • 2.7 Productions
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Life and career

Born in Eugene, Oregon,[10] Krohn was raised in Columbus, Ohio.[11] He began making music in 1993.[12]

In 2002, RJD2 signed to El-P's record label Definitive Jux and released his solo debut album, Deadringer, to much acclaim.[13] RJD2 later collaborated with rapper Blueprint under the name Soul Position, releasing 8 Million Stories on Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2003.[14]

He released his second solo album, Since We Last Spoke, on Definitive Jux in 2004.[15] Soul Position's second album, Things Go Better with RJ and AL, was released in 2006 under Rhymesayers Entertainment.[16] 2006 also saw the release of Magnificent City, his collaborative album with rapper Aceyalone.[17] Magnificent City includes "A Beautiful Mine", which has been used in the titles of Mad Men.[18]

In 2007, RJD2 released the solo album, The Third Hand, on XL Recordings.[19] In 2010, he released his fourth solo album, The Colossus, on his own label RJ's Electrical Connections.[20] In 2011, he released the album, We Are the Doorways, under the pseudonym The Insane Warrior.[21]

RJD2 formed Icebird with Aaron Livingston, vocalist of a Philadelphia-based band called The Mean.[22] The duo's debut album, The Abandoned Lullaby, was released in 2011.[23] In 2013, RJD2 released his fifth solo album, More Is Than Isn't, on RJ's Electrical Connections.[24]

In 2015, RJD2 released a collaborative album with rapper STS, titled STS x RJD2.[25] His sixth solo album, Dame Fortune, was released in 2016.[26]

Discography

See also: MHz Legacy discography and Soul Position discography

Studio albums

  • Deadringer (2002)
  • Since We Last Spoke (2004)
  • Magnificent City (2006)
  • The Third Hand (2007)
  • The Colossus (2010)
  • We Are the Doorways (2011)
  • The Abandoned Lullaby (2011)
  • More Is Than Isn't (2013)
  • STS x RJD2 (2015)
  • Dame Fortune (2016)

Compilation albums

  • In Rare Form: Unreleased Instrumentals (2004)
  • The Third Hand Instrumentals (2007)
  • Inversions of the Colossus (2010)

Mix albums

  • Your Face or Your Kneecaps (2001)
  • Loose Ends (2003)
  • Lobster and Scrimp (2003)
  • Constant Elevation (2005)

EPs

  • Pryor Convictions (2000)
  • The Horror (2003)
  • The Mashed Up Mixes (2004)
  • The Tin Foil Hat (2009)
  • The Glow Remixes (2011)

Singles

  • "June" b/w "The Proxy" (2001)
  • "Rain" b/w "Find You Out" (2002)
  • "Here's What's Left" (2002)
  • "Let the Good Times Roll" (2002)
  • "The Horror" b/w "Final Frontier (Remix)" (2003)
  • "Sell the World" b/w "Ghostwriter (Remix)" (2003)
  • "1976" (2004)
  • "Through the Walls" (2004)
  • "Exotic Talk" (2004)
  • "Fire" (2005)
  • "Superhero" (2006)
  • "You Never Had It So Good" (2007)

Guest appearances

  • Pigeon John – "The Last Sunshine" from And the Summertime Pool Party (2006)
  • Lushlife + CSLSX – "Toynbee Suite" from Ritualize (2016)

Productions

  • Aesop Rock – "Kill 'Em All Remix" (2001)
  • Cage – "Among the Sleep" from Movies for the Blind (2002)
  • Mos Def/Diverse/Prefuse 73 – "Wylin Out (RJD2 Remix)" (2002)
  • Souls of Mischief – "Spark" (2002)
  • El-P – "Lazerfaces' Warning (RJD2 Remix)" from Fandam Plus (2002)
  • Massive Attack – "Butterfly Caught (RJD2 Remix)" from The Conspiracy (2002)
  • Murs – "Sore Losers" from The End of the Beginning (2003)
  • Viktor Vaughn – "Saliva" from Vaudeville Villain (2003)
  • The Weathermen – "5 Left in the Clip (RJD2 Remix)" (2003)
  • Cage – "Weather People" from Weatherproof (2003)
  • Nightmares on Wax – "70s 80s (RJD2 Remix)" (2003)
  • Elbow – "Fugitive Motel (RJD2 Mix)" (2003)
  • Tame One – "Up 2 No Good Again" from When Rappers Attack (2003)
  • CunninLynguists – "Seasons" from SouthernUnderground (2003)
  • Diverse – "Certified", "Uprock", "Big Game", "Explosive" and "Under the Hammer" from One A.M. (2003)
  • Aceyalone – "Lost Your Mind" and "Moonlit Skies" from Love & Hate (2003)
  • Babbletron – "The Clock Song" from Mechanical Royalty (2003)
  • Vast Aire – "9 Lashes (When Michael Smacks Lucifer)" from Look Mom... No Hands (2004)
  • Leak Bros – "Gimmesumdeath" from Waterworld (2004)
  • Hikaru Utada – "Devil Inside (RJD2 Remix)" (2004)
  • Leela James – "Music (RJD2 Remix)" (2005)
  • Cage – "Shoot Frank" from Hell's Winter (2005)
  • Pigeon John – "The Last Sunshine" from And the Summertime Pool Party (2006)
  • Cool Calm Pete – "Black Friday" from Lost (2006)
  • Aceyalone – "Never Come Back", "Angelina Valintina" and "Impact" from Grand Imperial (2006)
  • Jack Peñate – "Learning Lines" from Matinée (2007)
  • Yo La Tengo – "Here to Fall (RJD2 Remix)" from Here to Fall: Remixes (2010)
  • J-Live – "Great Expectations" from S.P.T.A. (2011)
  • CunninLynguists – "The Format" from Strange Journey Volume Three (2014)
  • Son Little – "Cross My Heart (RJD2 Remix)" from Things I Forgot (2014)
  • Tycho – "Apogee (RJD2 Remix)" from Awake Remixes (2016)
  • Homeboy Sandman – "Gumshoe" from Kindness for Weakness (2016)

References

  1. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (May 15, 2004). "Hip-Hop Review; Dissolving the Border Between CD and Live". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Faraone, Chris (May 6, 2008). "Experiment illness - RJD2 at Paradise Rock Club, May 3, 2008". The Portland Phoenix. 
  3. ^ Jurgensen, John (January 15, 2010). "Beyond the 'Mad Men' Sound - The theme song's creator releases a genre-bending album". The Wall Street Journal. 
  4. ^ Spano, Charles. "Rjd2 - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Gensler, Andy (April 7, 2016). "RJD2 Explains Losing and Winning With 'Mad Men,' the Licensing Inspiration of His New Record". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ Coplan, Chris (January 4, 2011). "RJD2 drops free remix EP, announces Insane Warrior album and more". Consequence of Sound. 
  7. ^ Chennault, Sam (October 23, 2002). "Soul Position: Unlimited EP". Pitchfork Media. 
  8. ^ Eddy, Lincoln (February 13, 2013). "Resurrecting a MHz Legacy: RJD2 and Tage Future chase inspiration in "Out of Room"". Alarm. 
  9. ^ Coplan, Chris (August 1, 2011). "RJD2 and Aaron Livingston form Icebird, ready debut album". Consequence of Sound. 
  10. ^ Notman, Alex (May 13, 2014). "Dub Ball Recap: Medium Troy, Devin the Dude, RJD2 and more". Eugene Weekly. 
  11. ^ Dominic, Anthnoy (May 2014). "Editors' Picks the Best of the City this Month". Columbus Monthly. 
  12. ^ Peck, Jamie (February 20, 2014). "Daily 5: Creed Bratton at Webster Hall, La Soiree Burlesque in Union Square, More". Newyork.com. 
  13. ^ Reyneke, David (April 23, 2013). "Our 12 Favorite Definitive Jux Albums (4/5)". Potholes in My Blog. 
  14. ^ Rabin, Nathan (November 11, 2003). "8 Million Stories". The A.V. Club. 
  15. ^ Heaton, Dave (May 25, 2004). "Rjd2: Since We Last Spoke". PopMatters. 
  16. ^ Breihan, Tom (April 3, 2006). "Soul Position: Things Go Better With RJ and Al". Pitchfork Media. 
  17. ^ Adams, Erik (March 27, 2013). "Untangling the threads of the Mad Men theme". The A.V. Club. 
  18. ^ DeVille, Chris (February 19, 2014). "Beck Turned Down Multiple Offers To Write The Mad Men Theme". Stereogum. 
  19. ^ Harris, Keith (March 15, 2007). "RJD2, 'The Third Hand' (XL)". Spin. 
  20. ^ Sisson, Patrick (January 18, 2010). "RJD2: The Colossus". Pitchfork Media. 
  21. ^ Schiller, Mike (February 28, 2011). "The Insane Warrior: We Are the Doorways". PopMatters. 
  22. ^ Amorosi, A.D. (December 26, 2012). "RJD2/Icebird". Philadelphia City Paper. 
  23. ^ Curtin, Kevin (January 17, 2012). "Traveling at Different Speeds: An Interview with Icebird's RJD2". PopMatters. 
  24. ^ McCurry, Francisco (November 21, 2013). "RJD2 – More Is Than Isn't". Potholes in My Blog. 
  25. ^ Newman, Jason (April 8, 2015). "RJD2 Plots 'Soulful' New Album With Philly Rapper STS". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  26. ^ Peters, Taylor (January 6, 2016). "RJD2 announces Dame Fortune, shares track". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
  • RJD2 on SoundCloud Edit this at Wikidata
  • RJD2 discography at Discogs
   

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