Karriem Riggins

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Karriem Riggins
Karriem Riggins in Germany 2014.jpg
Karriem Riggins in Germany in 2014
Background information
Birth name Karriem Riggins
Born August 25, 1975 (age 41)
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres Jazz, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, sampler, keyboards, bass guitar, turntables
Years active 1990s–present
Associated acts Slum Village, J Dilla, Madlib
Website http://karriemriggins.com

Karriem Riggins is an American jazz drummer, hip hop producer, DJ, and sometimes rapper. He is a former member of the Ray Brown Trio and Mulgrew Miller trio and currently appears with Diana Krall.

Riggins was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father, Emmanuel Riggins, is also a musician, and Karriem would often play drums with him as a child.[1] Riggins began producing hip hop in middle school and continued through high school.[1][2] He studied music at Southfield High School as well, and joined Betty Carter's band Jazz Ahead soon after, at 17.[3] When he was 19 (in 1994), Riggins moved to New York City, and joined the Ray Brown Trio in 1998. Riggins has also recorded and performed with Paul McCartney, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, Roy Hargrove, and Bobby Hutcherson.[1]

Away from jazz, Riggins has done production work for hip hop artists including Slum Village, Erykah Badu, Common, J Dilla, The Roots, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Phat Kat, Consequence, and Dwele. He has collaborated with the hip hop multi-instrumentalist Madlib, performing on his 2007 album Yesterdays Universe and in collaborations entitled Supreme Team and The Jahari Massamba Unit.[2] and also produced a portion of the soundtrack for the 2007 film Smokin' Aces.[2]

The first half "Alone" of his debut album on Stones Throw Alone Together was released digitally and on vinyl on July 31, 2012.

He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[2]



  • Alone Together (2012)[4]
  • Headnod Suite (2017)

Production Credits[edit]

Common - Black America Again[edit]

  • "Joy and Peace" (featuring Bilal)
  • "Home" (featuring Bilal)
  • "Black America Again" (featuring Stevie Wonder) (co-produced with Robert Glasper)
  • "Love Star" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius, and PJ)
  • "On a Whim Interlude"
  • "Red Wine" (featuring Syd and Elena)
  • "Pyramids"
  • "Unfamiliar" (featuring PJ)
  • "The Day The Women Took Over" (featuring BJ The Chicago Kid)
  • "Rain" (featuring John Legend)
  • "Little Chicago Boy" (featuring Tasha Cobbs)
  • "Letter To The Free" (featuring Bilal) (co-produced with Robert Glasper)


  1. ^ a b c "Karriem Riggins". All About Jazz. 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d Coachman, Dale (2007-09-12). "Karriem Riggins: True Virtuoso". Scheme Magazine. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  3. ^ Burrell, Jalylah (2007-11-21). "What You Feel". The Portland Mercury. Index Publishing. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Stones Throw Podcast 74: Karriem Riggins Produced That". Stones Throw. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 

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