J. Rawls

Funk
Hip-Hop
Rare Groove
Soul

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.

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