Deadringer (album)

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Deadringer
Rjd2 Deadringer Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 23, 2002 (2002-07-23)
GenreInstrumental hip hop
Length67:00
LabelDefinitive Jux
ProducerRJD2
RJD2 chronology
Deadringer
(2002)
The Horror
(2003)
Singles from Deadringer
  1. "June" / "The Proxy"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Here's What's Left"
    Released: 2002
  3. "The Horror" / "Final Frontier (Remix)"
    Released: 2003

Deadringer is the debut solo studio album by RJD2.[1] It was released on Definitive Jux on July 23, 2002.[2] It features vocal contributions from Blueprint, Jakki da Motamouth, and Copywrite.[3] Early copies included a hidden song on the last track, titled "Here's What's Left."[4]

"Ghostwriter" was featured in advertisements for Washington State Lottery and Wells Fargo, as well as in the film Wimbledon.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Boston Phoenix3/4 stars[6]
HipHopDX4.5/5[4]
Muzik4/5 stars[7]
NME8/10[8]
Pitchfork8.8/10[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]
Spin9/10[11]
Stylus MagazineB+[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5[13]

Noel Dix of Exclaim! gave Deadringer a favorable review and commented that the album "plays very much like the soundtrack to a motion picture".[14] Sam Chennault of Pitchfork called it "an essential purchase for any fan of instrumental hip-hop".[9] 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".[15]

Chris Ryan of Spin wrote that 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".[11] Tony Van Groningen of Stylus Magazine said that "RJD2 effortlessly changes directions and adds unexpected elements to the mix that do more to perfect the songs than to muddle them up".[12]

Spin placed Deadringer at number 31 on its year-end list of the best albums of 2002.[16] Kludge placed it at number three on its list of the year's best albums.[17] In 2015, Fact placed it at number 28 on its "100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time" list.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
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" 

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 63

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kincaid, Nic. "Dead Ringer – RJD2". AllMusic. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Bittrand, Steve (March 5, 2008). "RJD2 - Deadringer". Prefix. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b J-23 (August 5, 2002). "RJD2 – Dead Ringer". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Bronson, Kevin; Weiss, Jeff (May 10, 2007). "Buzz Bands". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Patel, Joseph (August 29 – September 5, 2002). "RJD2: Dead Ringer". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Ashon, Will (September 2002). "RJD2: Deadringer (Def Jux)". Muzik (88): 79.
  8. ^ "RJD2: Deadringer". NME: 34. August 17, 2002.
  9. ^ a b Chennault, Sam (July 25, 2002). "RJD2: Deadringer". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  10. ^ Relic, Peter (September 19, 2002). "RJD2: Dead Ringer". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 30, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Ryan, Chris (October 2002). "RJD2, 'Deadringer' (Definitive Jux)". Spin. 18 (10): 118. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Van Groningen, Tony (September 1, 2003). "RJD2 – Deadringer – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  13. ^ Jean-Pierre. "Rjd2 – Deadringer". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  14. ^ Dix, Noel (September 2002). "RJD2: Dead Ringer". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  15. ^ Levy, Doug (July 29, 2002). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report. 72 (6): 12.
  16. ^ "Albums of the Year". Spin. 19 (1): 70–73. January 2003. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  17. ^ "The Best of 2002". Kludge. Archived from the original on July 22, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  18. ^ Piyevsky, Alex; Geng; Twells, John; Raw, Son; Rascobeamer, Jeff (February 25, 2015). "The 100 best indie hip-hop records of all time". Fact. p. 74. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – RJD2 – Deadringer". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 12, 2018.

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