Monday, Sep 19 2005 | 13:14

With Kool Herc having already secured his place in history, it was in his early teens that, J.Rawls, along with two of his friends from the block in Columbus, Buka and Duane, started off like most at that age did, rapping the lyrics of “La Di Da Di”. A few equipment purchases later and the group Dope Beat Specialists was born. J.Rawls, known as Dynomite then, was a rapper and beat boxer. The group made music purely for the love of hiphop and for the love of music.

J.Rawls’ own personal growth in producing the music, has emulated that of hiphop’s own, especially the beat making. During college years at the University of Cincinnati, grew even more artistically. It is a real adventure and pleasure to be in the studio with him, watching a piece of music take shape, like a painter with a blank canvas, J.Rawls would take a sample, and add this shade of bass, or this hue of a horn, or a tone of treble, and all the while adding the touches that distinctly mark it as a J Rawls production.

Professionally, his years in Cincinnati were good as well. Through his Lone Catalysts partner Jermaine Sanders, who he met through Buka, he met MOOD, The Five Deez, and Hi-Tek. With Five Deez member Fat Jon, J.Rawls is one half of the group 3582. Through MOOD, J.Rawls was introduced to Talib Kweli, and as all true heads have the Black Star album in their collection, you know J.Rawls was the mastermind to the beat behind “Brown Skin Lady”. Some of the artists J.Rawls has worked with include Masta Ace, The Beastie Boys, Wordsworth, Jonell, us3, and Venus Malone. This is just a beginning to the vast amounts of albums, singles, collabos, and guest appearances that J.Rawls is to be credited with.

His new solo album “Essence Of Soul” on Polar (release date: 23.09.2005) is featuring guest appearances by Aloe Blacc, Eric Roberson (aka Erro), Middle Child, Sol Uprising, Tavaris, Venus Malone, Wordsworth and Jonell.

01. Eli Goulart e Banda Do Mato – Sunny (Unique Records)
02. Marvin Gaye – Got to Give It Up (Motown)
03. Visioneers – Runnin’ (Omniverse)
04. Little Brother – Lovin It (ABB)
05. Steve Spacek – Let The Dollar Circulate (Sound In Color)
06. Aloe Blacc – The Latin EP (Underclover Suite)
07. 4 Hero – The Remix Album Vol.1 (Raw Canvas)
08. Sunburst Band – Far Beyond (Electric Soul)
09. Dwight Tibble feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow – Rise (Ninja Tune)
10. Mark De Clive Lowe – Quintessential (ABB Soul)

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