J. Rawls

Known for his work with Black Star, Dr. Rawls contributed production on “Brown Skin Lady” and “Yo, Yeah,” which placed him on the map among independent hip-hop producers. He has also worked with artists such as Dose One, Beastie Boys, Slum Village, El Da Sensei, Sadat X, Count Bass D, J-Live, and Moka Only. He has released three solo albums, and contributed to the neo-soul movement producing the likes of Aloe Blacc, Eric Roberson, and many others. Fusing jazz and hip-hop, (coining the term “Jazz-Hop”) his 2006 work with The Liquid Crystal Project led to national acclaim for his collaboration with B-Jazz, Rob Riley, Eddie Bayard and Charles Cooper and their tribute to the legendary producer J Dilla. His Columbus-based production company and record label continues to make an impact in the national hip-hop scene, and he is in high demand as a DJ for top clubs and private functions around the country. Dr. Rawls was also a featured presenter for the ‘Places of Invention, Bronx NY’ exhibit that opened in 2015 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. There, a virtual J. Rawls walks visitors through the nuances of how to scratch and mix on a replica turntable. Dr. Rawls holds a master’s degree in education from Ashland University and a doctoral degree in educational administration from Ohio University. He is an adjunct instructor at Tiffin University in Ohio, and has presented workshops on the music industry, hip-hop education, and beat-making at several major universities around the country.