Deadringer (album)

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Deadringer
Rjd2 Deadringer Cover.jpg
Studio album by RJD2
Released July 23, 2002 (2002-07-23)
Genre Instrumental hip hop, electronica
Length 67:00
Label Definitive Jux
Producer RJD2
RJD2 chronology
Your Face or Your Kneecaps
(2001)
Deadringer
(2002)
The Horror
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 4.5/5[2]
NME 8/10[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.8/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Spin 9/10[6]
Stylus Magazine B+[7]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5[8]

Deadringer is the first studio album by American hip hop producer and DJ RJD2.[1] It was released on July 23, 2002 on Definitive Jux.[9] The album features vocal contributions from Blueprint, Jakki da Motamouth, and Copywrite.[10] Early copies included a hidden song on the last track, titled "Here's What's Left."[2] "Ghostwriter", composed of vocal and fingerpicking loops sampled from Elliott Smith's "I Didn't Understand", was featured in advertisements for Washington State Lottery and Wells Fargo, as well as in the film Wimbledon.[11]

Reception[edit]

Noel Dix of Exclaim! gave Deadringer a favorable review and commented that the album "plays very much like the soundtrack to a motion picture".[12] Sam Chennault of Pitchfork Media called it "an essential purchase for any fan of instrumental hip-hop".[4] Doug Levy of CMJ New Music Report felt that "DJ Shadow may have started the instrumental hip-hop revolution, but RJD2 is here to make the coup a reality".[13]

Chris Ryan of Spin said, "[RJD2] goes spelunking for everything from flamenco and pastoral folk to the kind of raw funk breaks that most groove merchants only dream of uncovering".[6] Tony Van Groningen of Stylus Magazine noted that "RJD2 effortlessly changes directions and adds unexpected elements to the mix that do more to perfect the songs than to muddle them up".[7]

It ranked at number 31 on Spin's "40 Best Albums of 2002" list.[14] Kludge ranked it at number three on their list of best albums of 2002.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Horror"   4:11
2. "Salud"   0:38
3. "Smoke & Mirrors"   4:26
4. "Good Times Roll Pt.2"   4:57
5. "Final Frontier" (featuring Blueprint) 4:25
6. "Ghostwriter"   5:17
7. "Cut Out to FL"   3:42
8. "Shot in the Dark"   1:21
9. "F.H.H." (featuring Jakki da Motamouth) 4:31
10. "Chicken-Bone Circuit"   3:54
11. "The Proxy"   2:14
12. "2 More Dead"   5:17
13. "Take the Picture Off"   1:02
14. "Silver Fox"   3:31
15. "June" (featuring Copywrite) 6:03
16. "Work"   3:43
17. "Here's What's Left"    

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kincaid, Nic. "Dead Ringer – RJD2". AllMusic. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b J-23 (August 5, 2002). "RJD2 – Dead Ringer". HipHopDX. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "RJD2: Deadringer". NME: 34. August 17, 2002. 
  4. ^ a b Chennault, Sam (July 25, 2002). "RJD2: Deadringer". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Relic, Peter (September 19, 2002). "RJD2: Dead Ringer". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 30, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Ryan, Chris (October 2002). "RJD2, 'Deadringer' (Definitive Jux)". Spin 18 (10): 118. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Van Groningen, Tony (September 1, 2003). "RJD2 – Deadringer – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ Jean-Pierre (December 14, 2006). "Rjd2 – Deadringer". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ Bittrand, Steve (March 5, 2008). "RJD2 - Deadringer". Prefix. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Thomas-Glass, Daniel (July 25, 2002). "Dusted Reviews: RJD2 - Dead Ringer". Dusted Magazine. Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Bronson, Kevin; Weiss, Jeff (May 10, 2007). "Buzz Bands". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ Dix, Noel (September 2002). "RJD2 - Dead Ringer". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ Levy, Doug (July 29, 2002). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report 72 (6): 12. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Chris (November 13, 2014). "#31 - RJD2, Deadringer (Definitive Jux)". Spin. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Best of 2002". Kludge. Archived from the original on July 22, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 

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