Deadringer (album)

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Studio album by RJD2
Released July 23, 2002 (2002-07-23)
Genre Hip hop, electronica
Length 67:00
Label Definitive Jux
Producer RJD2
RJD2 chronology
Your Face or Your Kneecaps
The Horror
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
CMJ New Music Report (favorable)[2]
Dusted Magazine (favorable)[3]
Exclaim! (favorable)[4]
HipHopDX 4.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (8.8/10)[6]
Prefix (9.0/10)[7]
Spin (9/10)[8]
Stylus Magazine (B+)[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[10]

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.[7] The album 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."[5] "Ghostwriter" was featured in advertisements for Washington State Lottery and Wells Fargo, as well as in the film Wimbledon.[11]


Deadringer received generally favorable reviews from critics. Noel Dix of Exclaim! in his favorable review commented that the album "plays very much like the soundtrack to a motion picture".[4] Sam Chennault of Pitchfork Media called it "an essential purchase for any fan of instrumental hip-hop".[6] 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".[2] 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".[8] 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".[9]

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"    


  1. ^ a b "Dead Ringer - RJD2". Allmusic. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Levy, Doug (July 29, 2002). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report 72 (6): 12. 
  3. ^ a b Thomas-Glass, Daniel (July 25, 2002). "Dusted Reviews: RJD2 - Dead Ringer". Dusted Magazine. 
  4. ^ a b Dix, Noel (September 2002). "RJD2 - Dead Ringer". Exclaim!. 
  5. ^ a b J-23 (August 5, 2002). "RJD2 - Dead Ringer". HipHopDX. 
  6. ^ a b Chennault, Sam (July 25, 2002). "RJD2: Deadringer". Pitchfork Media. 
  7. ^ a b Bittrand, Steve (March 5, 2008). "RJD2 - Deadringer". Prefix. 
  8. ^ a b Ryan, Chris (October 2002). "Reviews". Spin 18 (10): 118. 
  9. ^ a b Groningen, Tony Van (September 1, 2003). "RJD2 - Deadringer". Stylus Magazine. 
  10. ^ Jean-Pierre (December 14, 2006). "Rjd2 - Deadringer". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  11. ^ Bronson, Kevin; Weiss, Jeff (May 10, 2007). "Buzz Bands". Los Angeles Times. 

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