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KCRW Presents Lockdown Listening: Karriem Riggins

With a resume that ranges from Talib Kweli to Paul McCartney, L.A.-based drummer Karriem Riggins has assembled his kit in a borderless zone that encompasses modern jazz, hip-hop, classic singer-songwriters and whatever else tickles his fancy. Riggins studied with bassist Ray Brown and quickly became the go-to rhythmatist for Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Oscar Peterson and other jazz icons. Honoring his own upbringing among the nascent rap and hip-hop scenes, Riggins became an in-demand beatmaker for Common, J Dilla and Erykah Badu among others. His expansive credits also include Elvis Costello and the Roots, Kaytranada, Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Esperanza Spalding. In late 2020, he released Pardon My French, a long-mooted collaboration with Madlib as Jahari Massamba Unit. For the Lockdown Listening series, Riggins speaks with KCRW about the music that's shaped his own playing.
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Private Playlist: Karriem Riggins embraces the infinite possibilities in creating

Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. With a resume that ranges from Talib Kweli to Paul McCartney, L.A.-based drummer Karriem Riggins has assembled his kit in a borderless zone that encompasses modern jazz, hip-hop, classic singer-songwriters, and whatever else tickles his fancy. Riggins studied with legendary bassist Roy Brown and quickly became the go-to rhythmatist for Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Oscar Peterson, and other jazz icons. Honoring his own upbringing among the nascent rap and hip-hop scenes, Riggins became an in-demand beatmaker for Common, J Dilla, and Erykah Badu, among others. His expansive credits also include Elvis Costello and the Roots, Kaytranada, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and Esperanza Spalding. In late 2020, he released "Pardon My French," a long-mooted collaboration with Madlib, as The Jahari Massamba Unit.
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Karriem Riggins discusses his favorite albums of 2020

Drummer and producer Karriem Riggins had a busy 2020 that included releasing an instrumental jazz album with Madlib as Jahari Massamba Unit, Pardon My French, in November, as well as contributing to his August Greene bandmate Common's new album A Beautiful Revolution, Pt. 1. He also joined Common on a virtual Juneteenth special.
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Karriem Riggins Looks To Keep Creating, Taking Musical Medicine

For sought after Los Angeles producer, Karriem Riggins, it all began with the drums. Riggins’ father, a skilled keys player, performed with, among others, the great jazz guitarist, Grant Green, and Riggins would watch intently, starting at three-years-old. Tagging along to shows inspired the aspiring young musician and when he began to understand and follow along with the drums, Riggins fell head over heals for them. The instrument’s ability to change the mood and tone in a room just by altering the rhythm or feel wowed him. Later, after he got his first drum set, Riggins began to take music seriously. He also played trumpet and he got some rudimentary recording equipment. By 1994, Riggins moved from his hometown of Detroit to New York City, where he began to flourish. This year, Riggins released unique projects with the famed rappers, Common and Madlib, and he is poised to unveil even more new work in 2021.