Release Date: May 18, 2004
Record label: Definitive Jux
Genre(s): Indie, Hip-Hop
Instrumental hip-hop can be a tough way to succeed, financially or artistically. The commercial world puts a low price on non-superstar productions and, for independent rap, the specter of DJ Shadow towers over all who come after him. Though it was overhyped, the full debut of Rjd2 in 2002 (Dead Ringer) illustrated there was additional ground left to plow.
Any review of RJD2’s new album Since We Last Spoke is guaranteed to reference DJ Shadow; it’s simply unavoidable. His 2002 debut Deadringer, on Definitive Jux, is considered a minor hip hop classic, many critics and fans making immediate parallels to DJ Shadow’s groundbreaking Entroducing released six years prior. There is no doubt that both have influenced a new hip hop landscape.