Midnight In A Perfect World: Karriem Riggins

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder

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
James Brown Escape-ism
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
Can Vitamin C
Vanity 6 Nasty Girl
El Coco Cocomotion
Cybotron Clear
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  
J Dilla Trucks
Kraftwerk Numbers
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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