GIGA Music – RJD2

RJD2 is a lot of different genres some of which include hip hop, electronica, rock, trip hop, lo-fi, and nu jazz; funkness in proper Mixture.


Birth name Ramble John Krohn
Also known as RJ
Born May 27, 1976 (age 37)
Eugene, Oregon, United States
Origin Columbus, Ohio, United States
Genres Hip-hop, Electronica, Rock, Trip hop, Nu jazz
Occupations Producer, musician
Years active 1993–present
Labels Definitive Jux
Associated acts Soul Position
Website rjd2.net

Rjd2 (born Ramble John “RJ” Krohn on 27 May 1976) is an American music producer and musician. Rjd2 was born in Eugene, Oregon and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was signed to the Definitive Jux label where he released two largely instrumental hip-hop albums and has produced tracks for many prominent rappers. However, he has now left Definitive Jux and has signed with XL Recordings.[1] His 2007 album, The Third Hand, is a striking departure from his usual style and features Rjd2 singing and playing instruments on nearly every track.

In 2009, Rjd2 established his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections and reissued three early records as well as a box set. Rjd2’s new full length The Colossus was released on January 19, 2010 on his new label, which is distributed by The Orchard.

Rjd2’s work has been used heavily in media and advertisement, particularly the singles “The Horror” and “Ghostwriter”. Since 2007, Rjd2’s “A Beautiful Mine” has been the opening theme for AMC‘s Mad Men.



Nov 02, 2008
Without over exaggeration, RJD2 has been one of the most influential artists in my life – he is quite simply a genius.

It goes without question, but if there should be only one example of why sampling SHOULD be considered an art form in itself, it should be the example RJD2 sets when he flips old, obscure soul tracks into beautiful soul-wrenching masterpieces.

And it’s not about the quality of production necessarily. RJD2 operates in a universe far from concerning himself about such “insignificant” details – ie if a loop is cut containing a few milliseconds of the following measure or the crackle-popping of the vinyl sample. His “rough around the edges” universe only cares that the overall productions drip with human emotion and soul. And by god they do.

RJD2’s drums are a thing of wonder. Take for example the ethereal feel of ‘Some’s Second Kiss’ and ‘One Day’ from “Since We Last Spoke”. I can’t remember the last time tracks made me feel so human.

Without a doubt, RJD2 is one of the leading producers of his time.