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Behind the Sleeves: Karriem Riggins’ mini-doc highlighting his work w/ J Dilla, Common, Slum Village, others

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Karriem Riggins‘ new mini-doc, Behind The Sleeves detailing his work finishing J Dilla‘s album, The Shining as well as collaborations with MadlibCommonSlum Village, and Steve Lacy is out now

Throughout his nearly 30-year-long career, Karriem Riggins has been lauded for his close collaboration with Erykah BaduJ DillaMadlibKaytranadaPaul McCartneyCommonH.E.RDiana Krall, and more. Fusing his background as a drummer and producer across a wide array of genres, Riggins is celebrated for his one-of-a-kind, experimental approach—a determining factor in Native Instruments’ choice to spotlight him in their new documentary, Behind The Sleeves and to work closely with him in developing their collaborative Play Series instrument, “Karriem Riggins Drums”. Karriem recorded the instrument pack at Sunset Sound’s Studio 3, where Prince lived and recorded for a period of time, distilling his sounds, influences, and soul into a percussion instrument kit that spans his wide range of sounds and styles. His first ever plug-in release will allow producers in hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and many other genres to channel Karriem Riggins’ signature style of punchy and behind-the-beat drums. The interface and artwork for “Karriem Riggins Drums” has been hand-painted by Jason Jägel, who keen eyes will recognize from album covers for Madlib and MF Doom, as well as mammoth-scale murals up and down California.

Filmed entirely in Los Angeles at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood and Gold Line bar in Highland park, locations which were chosen for their rich history, Behind the Sleeves examines Karriem’s extensive legacy as he reflects on a number of integral records from his discography. The mini-doc delivers viewers an intimate, exclusive retelling of defining snapshots from Karriem’s long-standing, impactful musical career. As he reminisces on these key moments, he shares memories from his storied and expansive career, from finishing The Shining for J Dilla, to working with CommonMadlib, and Steve Lacy on some of the most iconic records in their respective catalog.

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