OK, first things first. RJD2 might have a 10-year career under his belt, and he might have released four albums, a ton of singles and an innumerable amount of collaborations, but do we really care about anything besides the fact that he wrote the Mad Men theme? No, we don't. OK, yeah, we do. As much as we love to nerd out about basic cable, we've been listening RJD2 since way before Jon Hamm and January Jones ever made us think about the horrors of suburbia. Since his early days on the seminal Definitive Jux label, RJD2 has been making dense, funky beats the push the envelope of hip-hop into the next dimension. His latest album, The Colossus, released on his own RJ's Electrical Connections label, follows in that path with lush instrumentation, vintage synths and flagrant disregard for genre boundaries. Kenan Bell and Happy Chichester also appear.
Mon., Feb. 8, 9 p.m., 2010