Karriem Riggins has often shifted between the jazz and hip-hop scenes, but the two genres are so inextricably linked that it would be better to call him a flexible multi-instrumentalist and producer. Primarily a drummer — he plays several other instruments and raps as well — Riggins grew up in Detroit, took up music at an early age and, at the age of 17, was playing drums for Betty Carter. Before he turned 20, he temporarily relocated to New York and gained steady work with gigs, session dates, and production work. During the latter half of the '90s, he recorded with the likes of Mulgrew Miller, Rodney Whitaker, Ray Brown, and Roy Hargrove. He also established a lasting creative relationship with rapper Common, beginning with 1997's One Day It'll All Make Sense. Throughout the 2000s, he continued to work with jazz musicians while collaborating with fellow Detroiters Slum Village and J Dilla, in addition to the Roots, Consequence, and Erykah Badu. Some of his most significant work came with the completion of the posthumous Dilla album The Shining.