Dame Fortune is the deliciously eclectic sixth album from veteran producer and crate digger extraordinaire RJD2, out March 25th on RJ’s Electrical Connections. It’s a wondrous beast, recorded over the past year while living in Philadelphia, before returning to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Streaked with Philly's rep for deeply felt soul music while maintaining a playful sense of adventurousness, Dame Fortune features guest vocalists Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston) and frequent collaborator Phonte, while also presenting the bombastic hip-hop sound that marked RJD2's breakthrough album, Deadringer, and even an orchestral composition for the societal unrest experienced in this day and age (called “PF Day One”…the PF standing for "Post Ferguson").

“Living in Philly provided a context for a lot of soul music that I had liked," RJD2 says on the city's influence on Dame Fortune's sound. "I didn't have any cultural context for this music that I liked—it was just music that I had stumbled across as a beat making nerd. Philly was a place where there were enough people who had the same musical vocabulary that I did, which made the music more than something I had just discovered on my own."

Listen below to debut single, “Peace of What,” which features Jordan Brown and draws inspiration from 1990s rap legends Main Source’s 1991 single "Peace Is Not the Word to Play." "When I hear people talk of peace in America, the discrepancy between our words and our actions can get fatiguing," he says on the inspiration behind the song. "I was trying to reflect the experience of people I know, which often feels like ‘We're not ACTUALLY trying to do anything about this problem in our country.’"

Thought-provoking and undeniably entertaining all at once, this latest exhibition of musical virtuosity is a crystal-clear reflection of RJD2's cinematic aspirations, reminding listeners that it's always rewarding to expect the unexpected. RJD2 will tour throughout 2016 in support of Dame Fortune and his 20-year-plus-career.


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

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!

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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