(born Ramble John "RJ" Krohn
on May 27 1976
) is an American music producer
. RJD2 was born in Eugene
, and raised in Columbus
. He currently resides in Philadelphia
. 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 Def Jux and has signed with XL Recordings
. His latest album, The Third Hand
, is a striking departure from his usual style and features RJD2 singing and playing instruments on nearly every track.
Rjd2 originally began his career in Columbus
in 1993 with a pair of turntables bought from a friend. He went to High School at Fort Hayes School of the Arts and graduated in 1994. He claims his name originates from another friend who referenced him as "Rjd2" in his raps, and the name stuck. Originally working the role of DJ
in the Columbus
rap group MHz
, he later signed to Bobbito Garcia
's Fondle 'Em label
, releasing the self-proclaimed "mix CD" Your Face or Your Kneecaps
. A year later he signed to El-P
's record label Definitive Jux
and released his solo debut album Deadringer
to much acclaim. Rjd2 later collaborated with Columbus
under the name Soul Position
, releasing Unlimited EP
and 8 Million Stories
. He released his second solo album Since We Last Spoke
on Definitive Jux
in 2004 and released Soul Position
's third album Things Go Better with RJ and AL
under Rhymesayers Entertainment
label. He still continues to produce tracks, working with many independent rappers, such as Copywrite
, MF DOOM
. Recently he contributed a cover of "Airbag" by Radiohead
for the 2006 album "Exit Music". He has recently announced that he has left Def Jux and will be going for more of a 'pop route'. RJD2 has been extremely popular in the skateboarding and skateboard filming subculture, frequently used in montages. RJD2 has a new track called "Christmas Eve Montage" from the new Nightmare Before Christmas
album "Nightmare Revisited
- "Pilot study (Genital Edit)"
- "Here's What's Left"
- "Let the Good Times Roll"
- "June" (w/Copywrite)
- "Through the Walls"
- "The Horror b/w Final Frontier (Remix)" (w/Blueprint, Vast Aire, Aesop Rock & Murs)
- "Ghostwriter (Cat-Gut Edit)"
- "Exotic Talk"
- "Counselling" (w/MHz)
- "True Confessions"
- "Get Off My Spaceship Bitch"
- "You Never Had It So Good"
- "Final Frontier"
- "Holy Toledo"
- "Hondo" (w/ Nyles Sanna and Delicious Memories)
- The track "Ghostwriter" has been featured in a number of advertisements, including those for Washington's Lottery, Wells Fargo financial services, Anadin Extra painkillers in the UK, also in Habitat skateboard company's video "Mosaic", it was used by Brian Wenning and Tim O'Connor and Saturn. It is also the theme song to TNT's "Inside The NBA", and appears in the soundtrack for the movies Prime and Wimbledon. The song also appears in the freestyle skiing movie, The Hit List in 2004. It's also featured in the now defunct rollerblade magazine/DVD, "LIFE PLUS VIDEO MAG #5". Finally, the radio talk show "Design Matters with Debbie Millman" on Voice America Business uses this track as a lead-in and on air theme to introduce guests, monologues, and to signify the start of the show itself.
- The track "The Horror" is featured in a Levi's commercial in the UK (titled "Moonbathing").
- The track "Clean Living" appears in the video game "NFL 2K5".
- The track "Act 2" appears in the video game "NBA 2K5".
- The tracks "Schoolyard Scrimmage Intro" and "Schoolyard Scrimmage Outro" appear in the video game "NBA 2K6" and its soundtrack.
- The track "Good Times Roll Pt. 2" has appeared in PBS station WTTW's advertisements.
- The tracks "Welcome To New Radius", "Vandal Squad! Laylo Mix", "Opening Scene", "C.C.K. Turf", "Still Free Crew", "VaNR Turf" and "Hello My Name Is Mr. 9_06" in the video game "Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure". All of the tracks apart from "Opening Scene" also appeared on the CD bundled in the limited edition of the game which formed the soundtrack.
- The track "De L'Alouette" appears in Adidas José + 10 aired during the 2006 FIFA World Cup
- The Track "Since We Last Spoke" appears in the Mountainbike Film ROAM from 2006. The song also appears in the freestyle skiing movie, The Hit List in 2004.
- Multiple tracks have appeared in Paul Rodriguez's skateboarding video, "Forecast".
- Since We Last Spoke - First Montage
- Smoke and Mirrors - Paul Rodriguez's Part
- Final Frontier - Credits
- A short edit of the instrumental track "A Beautiful Mine" is used on the intro for the television series Mad Men on AMC.
- The instrumental for the track "Final Frontier" appears in snowboarding movie "Paradox".
- The Absinthe films snowboarding movie "POP" covers two tracks: "1976" in Gigi Rüfs part and "Since we last spoke" in Matt Beardmore's part.
- The Track "Get it" was used in Time's Up from season 4 episode 4.
- His song, “It’s Your Crew” is the official anthem for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.