Nov 19, 2010

Karriem Riggins

Karriem Riggins is one of those slept-on dudes who seem to pop up absolutely everywhere once you know their names.
Born in Detroit to a musical family, Riggins has made a name for himself as a phenomenal jazz drummer and hip hop producer working with the biggest names in both worlds including Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, Roy Hargrove, Slum Village, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Common, Jay Dee, The Roots, Madlib and Talib Kweli.

To give you an idea of the respect shown to him by the hip hop community, Riggins was invited to complete J Dilla's iconic album 'The Shining' after the death of the legendary producer in 2006.

Erykah badu - Fall in love (your funeral) by Big Leust

MED - Where I'm From feat. Aloe Blacc by stonesthrow

As a drummer myself, Riggins is the one of a very few drummers who can rock a beat with stutter live without loosing a second. Check him out live with Madlib below: