[Video] Karriem Riggins & Common- Live Performance at Detroit Jazz Festival

Born August 25, 1975 in Detroit, MI, Riggins parents realized their son was gifted at an early age: not only would Karriem 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. Karriem continued his ongoing affair with music by studying it in school and making hip-hop music during his middle and high school days. Karriem 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.

Karriem has made major accomplishments within the hip-hop world as a musician and producer. He produced tracks on some of Commons albums such as 1997s One Day It’ ll All Make Sense, 2000s Like Water for Chocolate, and 2005s Be. Karriem has also done production work for artists such as Slum Village, producing tracks on albums such as 2001s Trinity and 2002s Dirty District and for The Roots, producing Quills on 2002s Phrenology. Riggins has produced and collaborated on tracks with Jay Dee aka J Dilla, and worked with Dwele on Truth/Subject, many of Commons albums as well as touring with Common for Electric Circus and BE. Additionally, he has worked with Talib Kweli, The Detroit Experiment, and songtress, Erykah Badu.

Check out this promo video from the Detroit Jazz Festival with Karriem Riggins and Common.