RJD2 - Deadringer
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2002 Ratings: #6 / 193
User Score
Based on 98 ratings
2002 Ratings: #100
Liked by 4 people
July 23, 2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
Definitive Jux / Label / Website
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00's CLASSICS #40:

Ghostwriter is probably one of my favorite song of all time, I love the sampling, the horn beat is insanely addicting - overall a massive banger. The rest of the album is just good groovy hip hop beats, nothing to go crazy about, but solid nevertheless.


How Rjd2's debut album on Definitive Jux didn't "change the muthafuckin' world" as Def Jux mastermind El-P claimed it would, in many ways, is beyond me. Of course, Deadringer wasn't a completely game-changing experience, especially with DJ Shadow existing a decade prior. But in a world where instrumental hip hop, technical sampling, turntable prowess, and experimental beats still make waves in many listening circles one would think this album would get thrown around in the ... read more


When Instrumental Hip Hop is mention, it is often the same names get brought up, The Avalanches, J Dilla's Donuts, Endtroducing. Don't get me wrong I find all of those records masterpieces but they do sadly overshadow over great bodies of work such as Deadringer, containing many classic and fun hidden gems and although it is more dated than the previous mention albums and it quite a long album which does hurt it a bit it is an essential listen within instrumental hip hop and Ghostwriter still ... read more

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Track List

  1. The Horror
  2. Salud
  3. Smoke & Mirrors
  4. Good Times Roll Pt.2
  5. Final Frontier featuring Blueprint
  6. Ghostwriter
  7. Cut Out to FL
  8. F.H.H. featuring Jakki da Motamouth
  9. Shot in the Dark
  10. Chicken-Bone Circuit
  11. The Proxy
  12. 2 More Dead
  13. Take the Picture Off
  14. Silver Fox
  15. June featuring Copywrite
  16. Work

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Added on: October 6, 2013