RJD2: “Since We Last Spoke”


On “Since We Last Spoke,” the Def Jux label’s star spinner, RJD2, strays further from the medium’s usual rap/soul axis and delves into arena rock, circa 1984 (Van Halen reference intended). Some critics argue that these exercises in instrumental hip-hop spread his talent too thinly; others might say he’s icing the wrong cake. But when seen as an accomplishment in turntablism, RJD2’s latest full-length is an impressive and refreshingly unpredictable listen.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

RJD2: "Since We Last Spoke" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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