RJD2

Rjd2's music is a collage of cut-and-paste hip-hop that combines disparate elements to make for soulful, moody portraits of the world. Born Ramble John Krohn in Eugene, OR, on May 27, 1976, he moved to Columbus, OH, a few years later and was raised there. He first busted out onto the hip-hop scene in 1998 -- a time when producers were emerging from the shadows to seize the spotlight -- as the DJ/producer for the Columbus-based group Megahertz. MHz had two 12" singles released on Bobbito Garcia's Fondle 'Em Records and the group was mentioned in Vibe Magazine's History of Hip Hop.

In 2000, Rjd2 produced Copywrite's debut single, "Holier Than Thou," on Rawkus Records. In the spring of 2001, he made his first formal appearance as a solo artist on the Def Jux Presents... compilation, proving he could hold his own alongside such luminaries as Company Flow, El-P, Cannibal Ox, and Aesop Rock. Rjd2's debut album, Dead Ringer, followed on Def Jux in 2002. One of the best underground hip-hop releases of the year, it melded dirty samples and a classic approach to song structure for an end result that gave DJ Shadow, DJ Spooky, and Moby a run for their money. Aside from his top-billed recordings, he also provided productions for Cage's Hell's Winter and Aceyalone's Magnificent City (the latter also spawned an instrumentals album, Magnificent City Instrumentals).

Rjd2 returned in 2004 with Since We Last Spoke, which blended hip-hop with elements of pop. He then moved to XL to fully indulge his passion for pop, releasing The Third Hand in early 2007. In early 2010, he dropped The Colossus. It was the first album to be released on his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. Months later, he released Inversions of the Colossus, containing instrumental versions of The Colossus' vocal tracks and several additional cuts.

Lushlife

From his modest South Philly recording space, Lushlife has been quietly crafting some of the most inventive and well-regarded hip-hop records of the last few years. His 2009 full-length debut, Cassette City (!K7/Rapster) was a critical success, finding the emcee/producer/multi-instrumentalist generating waves of blog-buzz for deftly marrying chamber pop bombast with his forward-thinking brand of '90s boom-bap. With featured guests like Deerhoof, Slum Village, and Ariel Pink, Cassette City made countless year-end lists, and Lushlife followed suit by bringing an astonishing one-man live show to stages across North America and Europe in 2010. With a hotly-tipped mixtape in the works, and a new EP being readied for the fall, Lushlife is poised to further build his unique brand of whatever it is he does in 2011.

DJs Aaron Ruxbin & Jack Deezl

AARON RUXBIN
Philly's all vinyl holdout breaks tradition and presses dubplates for 2014; expect exclusives, rarities and C & D-sides in this opening set of the warped and waning. Performing with his dedicated MC, Buddy Leezle!

JACK DEEZL
Recent DU graduate and studio-spelunker, Jack Deezl is retuned and retrofitted. Spinning mostly original tracks and hand crafted remixes, this 'Unrest' producer is trailblazing a brightly-lit path to the future that production empresarios should take note of!

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RJD2 with Lushlife, DJs Aaron Ruxbin & Jack Deezl

Friday, February 21 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Union Transfer