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RJD2 began his career as a DJ in the mid-1990s, but it wasn’t until his 2002 solo album Deadringer that he really started making noise. That record got a ton of attention for its creative sample-based approach to instrumental hip-hop, and RJ became an important part of the El-P led Def Jux label, which was a huge force in the underground rap scene of the era.

Since then, he has released a ton of wildly varying, but always worthwhile and interesting, projects, from hip-hop records to synthesizer-based soundscapes to pop songs with his own vocals. One of RJ’s tracks, “A Beautiful Mine,” is best-known to most people as the theme for AMC’s hit show Mad Men. His brand-new album with rapper Sugar Tongue Slim is called STS X RJD2.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. MHz Clique, “Physical Chemistry”
  2. DJ QBert @ The Summit (1998)
  3. RJD2, “Good Times Roll Pt. 2
  4. Melvin Bliss, “Synthetic Substitution”
  5. RJD2 f/NP, Illogic, & The Catalyst, “A Son’s Cycle”
  6. RJD2 f/NP, Illogic, & The Catalyst, “A Son’s Cycle”
  7. Gang Starr, “Speak Ya Clout”
  8. RJD2 f/NP, Illogic, & The Catalyst, “A Son’s Cycle”
  9. RJD2, “The Glow”
  10. RJD2 & STS, “Hold On, Here It Go”
  11. Stevie Wonder, “Venus’ Flytrap And The Bug”
  12. Jean Michel Jarre, “Oxygene”
  13. RJD2 f/ Kenna, “Games You Can Win”
  14. RJD2 & STS, “Doin It Right”
  15. Booker T. & the MGs, “Hip Hug-Her”
  16. The Notorious B.I.G., “Unbelievable”
  17. The Notorious B.I.G., “Unbelievable (Instrumental)”
  18. Roy ‘C’ & The Honey Drippers, “Impeach The President”
  19. Roy ‘C’, “Shotgun Wedding”
  20. Wu-Tang Clan, “Preacher’s Daughter”
  21. Clipse, “Grindin’”
  22. RJD2 & STS, “Dice Game”
  23. Jay Z, “I Can’t Get With That”
  24. RJD2 & STS, “F**k With That”
  25. RJD2 & STS, “420”
  26. RJD2, “A Beautiful Mine”
  27. Aceyalone & RJD2, “A Beautiful Mine”
  28. Wells Fargo commercial: Girl digs for change at drive-thru
  29. The Insane Warrior, “Thrust and Gain”
  30. John Carpenter, “Halloween Theme (Main Title)”
  31. Vangelis, “Main Titles”
  32. Soul Position, “Printmatic”
  33. RJD2, “You Never Had It So Good”
  34. RJD2, “The Bad Penny”
  35. RJD2, “Work It Out”
  36. RJD2, “Smoke & Mirrors”

Show notes:

  1., “Feature: Old-school Columbus hip-hop”
  2. Pitchfork review of The Third Hand
  3. All Hip Hop, “RJD2: The Main Ingredient”
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