The Colossus

The Colossus

by RJD2


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The Colossus is Rjd2's first self-produced album for his own label, RJ's Electrical Connections, and it definitely benefits from being released by a boutique. Aside from the features, which come from friends rather than fortune-makers, The Colossus finds Rjd2 back to doing what he did when he first began recording: simply curating excellent productions instead of wooing a new audience by creating expressly written songs or telling a story with his full-lengths. A couple of the instrumentals here are entirely constructed from samples (starting with the opener "Let There Be Horns"), and they create a fractured sense of swing -- especially since they sit so well next to slightly more "played" productions. Rjd2's guests are singers more than rappers (with just a few exceptions), so the R&B vibe behind "Games You Can Win" (featuring Kenna) and the infectious, horn-led "Crumbs Off the Table" (featuring Aaron Livingston) is palpable. Whether Rjd2 needed a reset or not after leaving his previous label, The Colossus shows him relaxed and happy being his own boss.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2010
Label: Rj Elec. Connections
UPC: 0884385877552
catalogNumber: 87755
Rank: 261961

Album Credits

Performance Credits

RJD2   Primary Artist
Illogic   Vocals
Jake O'Donnell   Viola
Phonte Coleman   Vocals
Catalyst   Vocals
Heather Fortune   Alto Flute,Soprano Flute
Adam Hershberger   Trumpet
Dan Scofield   Clarinet,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Livingston   Vocals
Karen Lang   Violin
Jane Sebring   Cello
Wendy Kaiser   Mandolin
Vanessa Mulgrave   Cello

Technical Credits

RJD2   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jun Ishizeki   Vocal Engineer
R. Krohn   Composer,Instrumentation
Beau McNaboe   Composer
Reginald Dunlap   Composer

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