RJD2 Headed to the Metro
By Sarah Cobarrubias in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 30, 2010 6:20PM
Image via RJ’s Electrical Connections
His 2007 album, The Third Hand, showed RJD2’s shift from turntable-produced hip hop beats to genre hopping arrangements with self-performed instrumental and vocal - no rap, no guest musicians, and almost no samples. And this year’s release of his fourth album, The Colossus, shows RJ turning in another direction; instead of relying strictly on his own means to produce the album, he took a heavily collaborative approach and incorporated his own instrumentation and vocals, samples, and whole slew of guest musicians and vocalists.
In June, RJD2 released a companion to Colossus entitled Inversions of the Colossus. The 14-track album is composed of instrumental versions of all seven vocal songs on the former album. It also includes seven new songs, each jumping between genres - funk, jazz, psych, hip hop, etc. - in the same style of its predecessor. In the same way, his live show is a medley of organic and sampled music, as RJD2 toggles between turntable, mic, and live instrumentation usually supported by a backing band. Though he isn’t currently on tour, you can catch RJD2 this Friday when he returns to Chicago for a one-off performance at the Metro.
RJD2 plays Friday, Dec. 3 at the Metro, 3730 N Clark, 9 p.m., $20 in advance or $25 at the door, 18+