Karriem Riggins has worked with a lot of people. The Detroit-born producer and jazz drummer has crafted beats for the likes of J Dilla, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Talib Kweli, and others. Right now Riggins is focused on a project with Common and Robert Glasper called August Greene.
The three have all worked together prior to forming August Greene, but the group finds the three creating a full-length album together, which drops March 9. The first singles from the self-titled album — a cover of the Sounds of Blackness‘ “Optimistic” and the soulful “Black Kennedy,” are enjoyable selections that showcase the undeniable chemistry between the three artists, celebrating both their blackness and their craft as wildly talented musicians.
Okayplayer spoke with Riggins about August Greene’s self-titled debut, how the group represents black excellence, and his dream to work with D’Angelo and Chaka Khan.