RJD2

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RJD2
RJD2 at Moogfest 2014.jpg
RJD2 performing at Moogfest 2014.
Background information
Birth name Ramble Jon Krohn
Also known as RJ, The Insane Warrior
Born (1976-05-27) May 27, 1976 (age 38)
Eugene, Oregon, United States
Origin Columbus, Ohio, United States
Genres Hip hop,[1] indie rock[2]
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ, singer-songwriter
Years active 1993–present
Labels Definitive Jux, XL Recordings, RJ's Electrical Connections
Associated acts The Dirty Birds, Icebird, MHz Legacy, Soul Position
Website rjd2.net

Ramble Jon Krohn[3] (born May 27, 1976),[4] better known by his stage name RJD2, is an American musician based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[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]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Eugene, Oregon,[10] Krohn was raised in Columbus, Ohio.[11] He began making music in 1993.[12] He claims his name originates from another friend who referred to him as "Rjd2" (a play on R2-D2) in his raps, and the name stuck.[13] In 2002, RJD2 signed to El-P's record label Definitive Jux and released his solo debut album, Deadringer, to much acclaim.[14] RJD2 later collaborated with rapper Blueprint under the name Soul Position, releasing 8 Million Stories on Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2003.[15]

He released his second solo album, Since We Last Spoke, on Definitive Jux in 2004.[16] Soul Position's second album, Things Go Better with RJ and AL, was released in 2006 under Rhymesayers Entertainment.[17] 2006 also saw the release of Magnificent City, his collaborative album with rapper Aceyalone.[18] Magnificent City includes "A Beautiful Mine", which has been used in the titles of Mad Men.[19]

In 2007, RJD2 released the solo album, The Third Hand, on XL Recordings.[20] He released his fourth solo album, The Colossus, on his own label RJ's Electrical Connections.[21] In 2011, he released the album, We Are the Doorways, under the pseudonym The Insane Warrior.[22]

RJD2 formed Icebird with Aaron Livingston, vocalist of a Philadelphia-based band called The Mean.[23] The duo's debut album, The Abandoned Lullaby, was released in 2011.[24] In 2013, RJD2 released his fifth solo album, More Is Than Isn't, on RJ's Electrical Connections.[25]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Pryor Convictions (2000) (with Poppa Hop, as The Dirty Birds)
  • The Horror (2003)
  • The Mashed Up Mixes (2004)
  • The Tin Foil Hat (2009)
  • The Glow Remixes (2011)

Mix albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • In Rare Form: Unreleased Instrumentals (2004)
  • Inversions of the Colossus (2010)

Singles[edit]

  • "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) (with Aceyalone)
  • "Superhero" (2006) (with Aceyalone)
  • "You Never Had It So Good" (2007)

Guest appearances[edit]

Productions[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ RJD2 (May 13, 2009). "High Steaks: Beat king RJD2 goes in search of the perfect Philly cheesesteak.". XLR8R. 
  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. ^ RJD2: Better Off Dead —HipHopSite.com[dead link]
  14. ^ Reyneke, David (April 23, 2013). "Our 12 Favorite Definitive Jux Albums (4/5)". Potholes in My Blog. 
  15. ^ Rabin, Nathan (November 11, 2003). "8 Million Stories". The A.V. Club. 
  16. ^ Heaton, Dave (May 25, 2004). "Rjd2: Since We Last Spoke". PopMatters. 
  17. ^ Breihan, Tom (April 3, 2006). "Soul Position: Things Go Better With RJ and Al". Pitchfork Media. 
  18. ^ Adams, Erik (March 27, 2013). "Untangling the threads of the Mad Men theme". The A.V. Club. 
  19. ^ DeVille, Chris (February 19, 2014). "Beck Turned Down Multiple Offers To Write The Mad Men Theme". Stereogum. 
  20. ^ Harris, Keith (March 15, 2007). "RJD2, 'The Third Hand' (XL)". Spin. 
  21. ^ Sisson, Patrick (January 18, 2010). "RJD2: The Colossus". Pitchfork Media. 
  22. ^ Schiller, Mike (February 28, 2011). "The Insane Warrior: We Are the Doorways". PopMatters. 
  23. ^ Amorosi, A.D. (December 26, 2012). "RJD2/Icebird". Philadelphia City Paper. 
  24. ^ Curtin, Kevin (January 17, 2012). "Traveling at Different Speeds: An Interview with Icebird's RJD2". PopMatters. 
  25. ^ McCurry, Francisco (November 21, 2013). "RJD2 – More Is Than Isn't". Potholes in My Blog. 
  26. ^ RJD2 Charts. Allmusic

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