Karriem Riggins | Headnod Suite

For “Headnod Suite”, Karriem Riggins second album on Stones Throw Records, he expertly builds on his credentials with 29 tracks of pure hip-hop. Each track deftly crafted with swing that only a drummer would know. Swing is the weapon. And there’s always a message, be it verbal or instrumental. “Headnod Suite is a concept of several rhythmic ideas fused together,” Riggins says. “I wanted to explore the power of interludes and marrying different styles and harmony together.”

Common makes a reciprocal vocal appearance on the track “Yes Yes Y’all,” which gives way to literal grunts from James Brown and the 1-2 shot of “Trombone Love” and the 16-bit funk “Crystal Stairs.” If 2012’s Alone Together was right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz, Riggins’ current path is less the jazz found in his family and career lineage, and more the hip-hop culture he found on his own.

Album out now – available on Bandcamp. Stream below.

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Today we’d like to introduce german producer JE$U$ from Ludwigshafen. He publish consistently remix versions of well known hip-hop bangers by artists such as RZA, Common, InI, Black Rob, Evidence, Action Bronson, or MF DOOM. JE$U$ steadily discovering new samples, which he can use on selected acapellas. After the jump you’ll find a selection of his remixes, be sure to check out his complete anthology on Soundcloud.

Some of his existing releases are “XII APOSTLES(Urban Waves, 2012), “Schleifen(Gergaz, 2013) and guest appearances on compilations like “Fear And Loathing In Beats(Radio Juicy), Beat Garden Compilation 2 & 3 (Gergaz),Pure Dopeness Vol 1 – 9(Sinoptic International), “Intergalactic Travels Volume 2 (Urban Waves), “Street Noises(Cassette Blog).

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nobody smiling


On Juli 22nd, Common’s new album “Nobody’s Smiling” will be released. On the 13-track strong LP, he gets support by well known artists such as Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s. All tracks are produced by No I.D, who produced Common’s first three albums. You can now listen to the first three tracks, “War”, “Speak My Piece” and “Kingdom”. Pre-order now on iTunes out on Def Jam Records.

“I’m honored to team up with No I.D. and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family,” he said in a press release.‎ “Creating this album and signing to Def Jam feels like a new beginning for me. I feel like a new artist because I created this album with the purpose to give back to my city and to the culture of Hip Hop. Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip hop and being able to work with No I.D. was returning to my foundation now with new energy and new hunger.”

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diggin’ through folders #1


“Diggin’ Through Folders | The Remix Files #1” is Cap Kendricks‘ first volume of his new compilation series. The collection holds 16 previously unreleased remixes of songs by Big L, The Notorious B.I.G., MF DOOM, Gravediggaz, Edgar Wasser, Fat Joe, Rick James, and more. Presented by Midnight Adventures, released 16th June 2014. Available on Bandcamp or direct here. Cap’s other projects and tracks are on at Soundcloud.

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Common’s new album ‘Nobody Smiling’ is on the way. Common now released the short film video to the first single “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples, directed Hype Williams. ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ available July 22nd on Def Jam, order via iTunes.

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TenDJiz - CommoNasm

“CommoNasm” (Common and Nas Meet Soviet Soul/Jazz) is an album created by Miami-based producer/sound engineer TenDJiz by blending the acapellas of Common and Nas with instrumentals based on Soviet soul and jazz samples. The previous albums “De La Soulviet” (De La Soul Meets Soviet Soul/Jazz) and Q-Tipokratiya (Q-Tip Meets Soviet Soul/Jazz) by TenDJiz have received positive reviews from critics and were featured in The Los Angeles Times, Miami New Times, Guardian Music, and more. Free download here!

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karriem riggins produced that

Stones Throw Podcast - Karriem Riggins Produced That

Producer and jazz-drummer Karriem Riggins made a selection off his hip-hop production. The compilation includes production for artists such as J. Dilla, Common, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Slum Village, Madlib, Dwele. His new album “Alone Together” will be released this fall via Stones Throw. Full tracklist and info here. Download the podcast via iTunes or MP3 direct. Stream below!

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