Karriem Riggins
* August 25, 1975
United States
If jazz and hip-hop passionately and cleverly intertwined with one another, the hybrid result would be a musically gifted lovechild. Or, perhaps, if one’s bloodline is to blame – father, Emmanuel Riggins is a musician and used to perform with guitarist Grant Green – a musical rarity is nonetheless the result. Whatever the reason, whatever the description, a musical talent by any other name is still … well … a musical talent.

And such a musical talent has manifested itself into musician, producer Karriem Riggins. Born August 25, 1975 in Detroit, MI, Riggins’ parents realized their son was gifted at an early age: not only would Riggins dig through his parents’ record collection as a young child but he would also accompany his father to the studio and play with instruments in the likeness of a musical great. Kariem Riggins continued his ongoing affair with music by studying it in school and making hip-hop music during his middle and high school days.

Karriem Riggins turned his love into a profession, moving to New York City in 1994 at the age of 19. He joined “Jazz Ahead,” the band of renowned jazz singer Betty Carter, as a drummer. While Kariem Riggins strengthened and developed his forte, the jazz world became enraptured with such an exceptional performer.

After working with Betty Carter and Jazz Ahead, Karriem Riggins went on to perform with and appear on recordings with various jazz greats such as Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Burrell, Benny Green, Mulgrew Miller, Ron Carter, Gary Bartz and Diana Krall.

Karriem Riggins has made major accomplishments within the hip-hop world as a musician and producer. Riggins produced tracks on some of Common’s albums such as 1997’s One Day It’ll All Make Sense, 2000’s Like Water for Chocolate, and 2005’s Be. Kariem Riggins has also done production work for artists such as Slum Village, producing tracks on albums such as 2001’s Trinity with the hit single “Tainted Love” and 2002’s Dirty District.

Karriem has also produced for Philadelphia’s own, The Roots, on there 2002’s Phrenology album, with a track called “Quills”. Riggins has produced and collaborated on tracks with Jay Dee aka J Dilla, and worked with Dwele, as well as toured with Common for Electric Circus, BE, and Finding Forever albums.

Additionally, Karriem Riggins has worked with Talib Kweli, and Kanye West, where he helped Kanye demo some theme songs for Mission Impossible III which featuring Twista and Keyshia Cole.

Karriem Riggins produced a track for Paramount Picture’s feature “Smoking Aces” called “Play Your Cards Right” featuring Common and Bilal. Riggins recently produced “Solider” which is slated as the next single for Erykah Badu’s “New Amerykah” release.

Currently, Karriem Riggins is in the process of developing his first self-titled album, showcasing his unique range as a hip hop producer and established jazz musician. With this album Kariem Riggins will continue to embark on a musical voyage, developing and creating music that will captivate audiences and entice the musical senses.
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