Detroit native Karriem Riggins is a revered drummer, producer, and all-around multi-faceted artist who has played a crucial role in the hip-hop, jazz, and broader music landscape since the late 1990s. An in-demand collaborator, his first major credits included work on Common's 1997 album One Day It'll All Make Sense and he's since gone on to work with a diverse roster of artists including Slum Village, Erykah Badu, J Dilla, The Roots, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Earl Sweatshirt, Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spalding, Kaytranada, Paul McCartney, and more. His long-running relationship Common continues through today as he produced the Chicago rapper's 2020 album A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 and is part of the supergroup August Greene alongside Common and Robert Glasper. Last year, Karriem joined forces with his longtime friend Madlib to form the duo Jahari Massamba Unit. Their debut album Pardon My French explored a spiritual-tinged beat-centric jazz sound that reflects a lifetime of record collecting and musical study.
Karriem's exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight In A Perfect World thrillingly taps into his love for hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, African music, electro, and more, confidently connecting the dots between these genres while sharing longtime faves and unearthing hidden gems.
|Midnight In A Perfect World||Intro|
|J Dilla||Drive Me Wild|
|Common||My Fancy Free Future Love|
|Busta Rhymes||Woo-Hah (The Jay-Dee Bounce Remix)|
|Slum Village||5 Ela (Remix)|
|One of Juju||African Rhythms|
|Kelenkye Band||Jungle Music|
|Andrew White Quartet||Milestones Two|
|Geri Allen||Number 3|
|Vanity 6||Nasty Girl|
|Wganda Kenya||Pim Pom|
|James Brown||There Was A Time|
|Marcos Valle||Nao Tem Nada Nao (Karriem Riggins Edit)|
|Marcos Valle||Nao Tem Nada Nao|
|Wood, Brass & Steel||Funkanova|
|Captain Rapp||Bad Times (I Can't Stand It)|
|Loose Joints||Is It All Over My Face|
|Gary's Gang||Keep On Dancin'|
|Roy Ayers||The Third Eye|
Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.
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