RJD2 – The International’s One Year Anniversary – Saturday, June 6
Join us for The International – Knoxville’s 1 Year Anniversary Celebration!
Presented By Midnight Voyage Productions & WUTK The Rock
$ 10.00 Presale | $ 15.00 Adv | $20 Day Of Show
18+ | A valid state issued photo ID required for entry
Underground hip-hop super-producer to some, virtuoso sample-based instrumental wizard to others: either way – no better way to celebrate this special occasion than with the Psychedelic, Electronica, Hip Hop & Rock infused sounds of RJD2!
Spanning 15 years, the recording career of RJD2 is starting to exhibit the type of resilience generally reserved for golfers and bebop musicians. The relevance of this should not go unnoticed; it is increasingly rare for artists in the sphere of hip-hop and electronic music to maintain a presence this far into a career. 2013 saw the release of More Is Than Isn’t, his 5th proper full-length LP (7th, if you count “The Horror” EP and 2011’s Inversions of the Colossus), on his ownRJ’s Electrical Connections imprint. But before we delve into that, perhaps a quick recap of years 1-14 is in order.
RJD2‘s first credit as a producer appeared via Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle ‘Em Records on the MHz 12? “Rocket Science” in 1998. Initially playing the role of a DJ/producer in a rap group, he cut his teeth in the heyday of indie raps’ late 90’s renaissance. While the group, which would usher both Camu Tao and Copywrite into solo careers, would see its ups and downs, this first step would lay the groundwork that led to a solo record deal on Definitive Jux, one of the 2000’s more significant independent hip-hop labels.
RJD2‘s 2002 debut, Deadringer, would eventually become a zeitgeist moment within its own genre, and arguably outside it as well. Going on to sell over 130,000 copies, the record was both a critical and commercial (for an indie debut!) success.Deadringer’s “Ghostwriter” has appeared in numerous ad spots, television shows, and movies. Following the release of “The Horror” EP in 2003 and 2004’s Since We Last Spoke, the ball kept rolling. Remixes, licensing deals, tours, and collaborations all ensued, all while expanding the palette of styles that could possibly be jammed into an album, furthering the obsolescence of the idea of “genre.” 2006-2007 saw both the move to XL Recordings for The Third Hand, as well as the release of Magnificent City with Aceyalone, which birthed one of the most recognizable songs in RJD2‘s catalog, “A Beautiful Mine.” It doubles as the theme song to AMC’s “Mad Men.”