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"The DJ The Music and You"

Jokes aside, the amazing
and always insightful Homer Marrs recently connected
me with the sounds of Knowledge Giving Birth
with beats and production from Todd “Rediculus”
Dahn........ the thoughtful “Sunshine” disarmed
and re-educated me to the soulful side of hip-hop that
too few people make. Common and Lupe Fiasco better
watch out, because Prome & Rich Malone may well
steal their thunder. You can hear more at
rediculusbeats on Rediculus Media Player.

Nightspots April 8, 2009 - Windy City Media Group/Nightspots


2009 "First Words Spoken" 10 tracks



They say Hip Hop is something you live, not something you do. Rediculus, born Todd Dahn, is the perfect example of that saying. Born in the early ‘70s, he has lived with hip hop in his blood his whole life and now brings it to life in his tracks, which are steadily building up steam and popularity.

Music found Rediculus at an early age, growing up in a house in Buffalo, NY, where you were just as likely to hear The Statler Brothers as you were Nina Simone. In elementary school he played drums and clarinet, earning a chair in the New York All State Band playing clarinet. He continued watching Hip Hop grow, finding inspiration in the works of DJ Premiere, DJ Muggs, Dr. Dre, Diamond D, and Pete Nice. At 19 at the insistence of his roommate who was tired of Rediculus breaking strings on his bass guitar showing him ideas he had, Rediculus purchased his first keyboard/sampler and drum machine to try his hand at making beats. Rediculus spent the next 10 years in the recording studio teaching himself how to write, record/engineer and produce music, culminating in the release of his first studio album in 2000, Sessions Vol.1 – Friends and Family, which featured some of Chicago’s hottest underground talent at the time including Abstract Mindstate, Task Force, Cos G and WordPerfect.

In 2001, he produced Nizm’s debut album, Train of Thought, started building his own recording studio, The Delivery Room and continued working on refining his sound, producing for Third Generation of Hip Hop, Clip, Big C and other neighborhood underground emcees.

In 2004, armed with a new group of emcees and a lot more experience, Rediculus entered the studio again and over the next 4 years recorded over 60 songs with Rich Malone, Prome, Big Al, Charlie Hustle, Airon, Chuck Chill and Stoob, ending up with his next project, the highly anticipated Masters of Conversation debut album First Words Spoken.

Rediculus has since gone on to work with a variety of artists not only in Chicago but around the globe. He is currently recording with Big Al and Charlie Hustle on their debut album, working with Airon on an RnB/Hip Hop/Jazz fusion project, producing 3 songs and a remix for Capitol R in London for his debut album, remixing 3 tracks for Sputnik Brown and also writing music for the sophomore Masters of Conversation album.