Karriem Riggins

Created with Sketch.

Karriem Riggins is best known as a jazz drummer and hip-hop producer for artists like Common, Slum Village, Talib Kweli and The Roots, but he doesn’t categorize himself as anything but an artist. “You don’t have to put yourself in a box…there’s so many different...

Read More

Latest Releases

 

 

Karriem Riggins News

Karriem Riggins - Oddness video

"Oddness" by Karriem Riggins, from Headnod Suite. Video by Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen. Read More

Karriem Riggins remixes Gabriel Garzón-Montano's “Crawl”

Karriem Riggins remixes Gabriel Garzón-Montano's “Crawl” “When I asked him how he made the beat he told me it's him playing straight through,” says Gabriel.... Read More

Video: Karriem Riggins – “Bahia Dreamin'”

Karriem Riggins' album Headnod Suite came out a few weeks ago. Here's a video for “Bahia Dreamin'" directed by Calmatic.  On the web: Karriem Riggins... Read More

Karriem Riggins - Headnod Suite

In the store | KARRIEM RIGGINS - HEADNOD SUITE Second solo album - 29 tracks, instrumental hip-hop. Karriem Riggins is best known as a jazz... Read More

Photos: Karriem Riggins and J Rocc Japan Tour 2016

Stones Throw & Stussy Japan teamed up to present a J Rocc & Karriem Riggins tour in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. A 6.9 magnitude... Read More

Stones Throw Superfest – THE WRAPUP

We had a free all-day show in Los Angeles, November 5, 2016, a part of Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Common headlined.... Read More

Karriem Riggins performs with Common at the White House (Video)

Common plays NPR's Tiny Desk concert at the White House with friends including Karriem Riggins on drums, Robert Glasper on keys, and guest vocalist Bilal.... Read More

Kaytranada feat. Karriem Riggins: "Bus Ride"

Karriem Riggins on the beat for this excellent new Kaytranada track, "Bus Ride." Kaytranada's new album 99.9% comes out through XL Recordings in May. We're... Read More

Elzhi "Two 16s" prod. by Karriem Riggins

Karriem Riggins production: Elzhi "Two 16's" from his self-released album Lead Poison. Watch Karriem Riggins & J Rocc play J Dilla in Stones Throw’s first... Read More

Karriem Riggins and J Rocc play J Dilla: immersive 360 “Dungeon Sessions” video

In the dungeon: Karriem Riggins on drums, J Rocc on the turntable, in tribute to the late J Dilla, performing improvisational versions of “Lightworks” and... Read More

Playback: Karriem Riggins on Boilerroom

Enjoy Karriem Riggins - making his Boilerroom debut – with Alexander Nut in London. Track list below. 01. Mary Jane (Karriem Riggins Edit) - Rick... Read More

Karriem Riggins remixes The Roots and Elvis Costello

Karriem Riggins has reworked The Roots and Elvis Costello‘s “Cinco Minutos Con Vos” off the special Record Store Day exclusive release of Wise Up: Thought-Remixes... Read More

Stones Throw vs. Beat Junkies. L.A. 10/26. Secret Location.

45 LIVE is coming again to Los Angeles, October 26. ArtDontSleep presents Stones Throw's 45 Live vs. Beat Junkies Sound. This is one big DJ... Read More

Stones Throw Japan Tour 2013 with J Rocc and Karriem Riggins

J Rocc and Karriem Riggins will tour Japan in August for three shows - their first time appearing together. J Rocc will DJ, Karriem Riggins... Read More

Photos: Stones Throw Hella National at SXSW 2013

We had an afternoon event this year at SXSW called Hella National (a riff on the name of our old Winter Music Conference party, Hella... Read More

Stones Throw at SXSW: Hella National

We use to do a party every year in Miami called Hella International, named in part because the first one had a bunch of guests... Read More

Watch: Karriem Riggins "J Dilla the Greatest"

Today, February 7th, is James Dewitt Yancey’s Birthday. In remembrance, one of Dilla’s close friends and collaborators, Karriem Riggins, sat down at Iron Works Studios... Read More

MC's of the world ...

Dear MC's of the world, meet Butter Beard. We don't know him, but he did his thing over the Karriem Riggins beat "Round the Outside"... Read More

Karriem Riggins - Chopped Worm - RIP Sugarfoot

Karriem Riggins tribute to Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (1943-2013) "My idea was to chop a song that is so important to hip hop and also pay... Read More

Karriem Riggins - Matador Posse Cut

"Matador" from Karriem's album Alone Together featuring new verses by MCs: Krondon, Homeboy Sandman, Guilty Simpson and Jonwayne. Cuts by J Rocc. Download MP3 |... Read More

Video: Karriem Riggins "Round the Outside"

Directors Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen sent us a few paragraphs to accompany the clip they did for Karriem Riggins, but we should just let... Read More

Karriem Riggins Alone Together album cover T-shirt

In the store | Karriem Riggins - Alone Together tee We've released over a hundred albums in over 15 years, but here's our first album... Read More

"How 'bout this guy right here?"

Karriem Riggins stays busy - video below, last night with the Diana Krall band on David Letterman's Late Show.  Karriem's instrumental hip-hop album Alone Together... Read More

Video: Karriem Riggins - Summer Madness

We finally get a video for Karriem Riggins' Alone Together album. This is "Summer Madness" (also incorporating a piece of "Matador"). Directed by Donavan Glover... Read More

Karriem Riggins Interview with HipHopDX

Karriem Riggins spoke with HIPHOPDX.com about his years with J Dilla, and where he sees Hip Hop and Jazz lining up two decades after US3,... Read More

Karriem Riggins - Matador - MP3

Karriem Riggins' 34-track instrumental hip-hop album Alone Together is now officially released on CD, LP and digital - here at Stones Throw - on iTunes... Read More

Karriem Riggins - Alone Together

IN THE STORE: KARRIEM RIGGINS - ALONE TOGETHER CD KARRIEM RIGGINS - ALONE LP KARRIEM RIGGINS - TOGETHER LP Karriem Riggins to release solo debut... Read More

New York Times on Karriem Riggins' Alone Together

By Tia Fuller in Arts Beat, The New York Times, October 5, 2012 Karriem Riggins: For about 15 years Karriem Riggins has been one of... Read More

Karriem Riggins - 12s in 8

Karriem Riggins - "12s in 8" b/w "Analog Days" - this is Stones Throw Fan Club 45 #38, released with Karriem's Together LP, the second... Read More

Karriem Riggins - Together LP

IN THE STORE KARRIEM RIGGINS - TOGETHER LP The vinyl and digital editions of Karriem Riggins' album Alone Together are being released in two parts.... Read More

Los Angeles, Aug. 24: Karriem Riggins Listening Party - RSVP

UPDATE - RSVP IS CLOSED Los Angeles, August 24: Listening party for Karriem Riggins' forthcoming album Alone Together. We've got a limited number of invites... Read More

Karriem Riggins - Alone LP

IN THE STORE KARRIEM RIGGINS - ALONE (LP) Karriem Riggins is releasing his debut album on Stones Throw, October 23rd, a 34-track instrumental hip-hop album... Read More

Stones Throw Podcast 74: Karriem Riggins Produced That

DOWNLOAD FREE MP3 VIA ITUNES: STONES THROW PODCAST 74: KARRIEM RIGGINS PRODUCED THAT The Stones Throw podcast is free. Subscribe and download via iTunes, or... Read More

MP3: Supreme Team (Madlib and Karriem Riggins) - Interview #4080

From the album Madlib Medicine Show #11: Low Budget High Fi Music this is Karriem Riggins + Madlib's Supreme Team with the track "Interview #4080"... Read More

Karriem Riggins: Real Detroit Weekly

Originally published by Real Detroit Weekly September 1, 2009 Karriem Riggins may very well be a living, breathing reincarnation of the musical work ethic ancient... Read More

Karriem Riggins in East Bay Express

Originally published in East Bay Express Karriem Riggins oscillates between two worlds. Born and raised in Detroit, he's a jazz drummer with an exalted musical... Read More

Karriem Riggins in Detroit Metro Times

Written by William E. Ketchum III and published in Metro Times, March 18, 2009 www.metrotimes.com Despite the opinions of naysayers, hip-hop producers often have very... Read More

Karriem Riggins, Malcolm Catto, J.Rocc, Egon, Blackjoy in Paris

After Barcelona comes Paris. Photos by Egon with live photos by Mr. Mass. Read More

Karriem Riggins

Karriem Riggins is best known as a jazz drummer and hip-hop producer for artists like Common, Slum Village, Talib Kweli and The Roots, but he doesn’t categorize himself as anything but an artist. “You don’t have to put yourself in a box…there’s so many different ways to go,” Riggins says. A student of late jazz bassist Ray Brown, he tours with another Brown protégé, Grammy Award winner Diana Krall. In 2011, he collaborated with former Beatle Paul McCartney in concert and on Kisses on the Bottom, McCartney’s first studio release in five years. Names of some of the jazz artists he’s backed reads like the genre’s hall of fame - Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd and Ron Carter. For his solo debut Alone Together on Stones Throw Records, Riggins plants himself firmly as a hip-hop producer with a 34-track instrumental odyssey through nearly every influence on his career thus far. “Coming back to the machines, I feel like I can really express myself,” Riggins says. “This is the way that I express my rhythms.” Machines, however, are just one way he expresses his rhythms. Midway through the album, the track “Water” is interrupted by a vocal snippet where the speaker places Riggins “right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz.” Alone Together is that intersection; it’s the jazz music he’s played professionally since the age of 19, and it’s crafting beats like “Africa” on an MPC5000 while touring throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. -- Ronnie Reese