J. Rawls

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J. Rawls
Birth nameJason D. Rawls
Born (1974-02-27) February 27, 1974 (age 45)
Columbus, Ohio
OriginColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
GenresUnderground hip hop
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ, rapper
Years active1994–present
LabelsPolar Entertainment
Associated actsLone Catalysts, 3582

Jason Rawls (born February 27, 1974),[1] better known by his stage name J. Rawls, is an American hip hop musician, producer, disc jockey (DJ), educator, and speaker born in Columbus, Ohio.[2] He is best known for his work with Masta Ace, Mos Def and Talib Kweli.[3] Because of his work with Black Star, a hip-hop group composed of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, and their sole debut studio album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, Dr. Rawls was soon placed on the map among independent hip-hop producers and became an independent hip-hop main-stay. The album became a huge success and was part of a major force in the late 1990s underground hip-hop explosion. Dr. Rawls has also worked with artists such as Dose One, Domo Genesis, Capital Steez, Beastie Boys, Slum Village, Diamond D, John Robinson, El Da Sensei, Sadat X, Count Bass D, Grand Agent, 9th Wonder, J-Live, Us3 and Moka Only. Dr. Rawls has released three solo albums, and contributed to the Neo soul movement producing the likes of Aloe Blacc, Eric Roberson, Dudley Perkins, and many others.[4]

Fusing jazz and hip-hop, then 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.[5]

Dr. Rawls was also a featured presenter for the Places of Invention, Bronx, NY exhibit that opened in July 2015 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In this exhibit, a virtual J Rawls walks visitors through the nuances of how to scratch and mix on a replica turntable. [6]

[7] Dr. Rawls holds a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Cincinnati, a master's degree in Education from Ashland University and an Educational Doctorate degree in Educational Administration from Ohio University.[8] He is currently an adjunct instructor at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio and has presented workshops on the music industry, Hip-Hop Education and beatmaking at several major universities around the country. He also has more than 15 years of K-12 teaching experience.


J. Rawls' first solo album came in 2001, with The Essence of J. Rawls, which featured "Great Live Caper (feat. J-Live)", "Check the Clock" and "They Can't See Me".[9]

J. Rawls is also one half of the duo 3582 alongside Fat Jon of Five Deez.[10] 3582 released two albums, The Living Soul and Situational Ethics.[11][12]

He released another solo album, The Hip-Hop Affect, in 2011.[13][14][15]

Respect Game or Expect Flames, his collaborative album with Casual of Hieroglyphics, was released on Nature Sounds in 2012.[16] It was described by Okayplayer as "one of the most consistently dope and balanced albums in 2012".[17]

In 2014, J. Rawls released an album, entitled The Legacy.[18]


Studio albums[edit]

  • The Essence of J. Rawls (2001)
  • The Living Soul (2001) (with Fat Jon, as 3582)
  • Situational Ethics (2003) (with Fat Jon, as 3582)
  • Histories Greatest Battles, Campaigns & Topics (2003)
  • The Essence of Soul (2005)
  • The Liquid Crystal Project (2006)
  • It's the Dank & Jammy Show (2007) (with Declaime)
  • True Ohio Playas (2007) (with Count Bass D)
  • J. Rawls Presents Holmskillit (2007) (with Holmskillit)
  • The Liquid Crystal Project 2 (2008)
  • Rawls & Middle (2008) (with Middle Child)
  • The 1960s Jazz Revolution Again (2009) (with John Robinson, as Jay Are)
  • The Hip-Hop Affect (2011)
  • The Liquid Crystal Project 3 (2012)
  • Respect Game or Expect Flames (2012) (with Casual)
  • The Legacy (2014)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Hotel Beats Vol. 1 (2009)
  • Hotel Beats Vol. 2 (2014)
  • Bringing it Home Vol. 1 (2001)
  • Bringing it Home Vol. 2 (2006)


  • "Check the Clock" (2000)
  • "Great Live Caper" (2001)
  • "They Can't See Me" (2001)
  • "Soul" b/w "Bailar" (2005)
  • "Pleasure Before Pain" b/w "Miss You (Bring It Back)" (2005)
  • "A Tribute to Dilla" b/w "Too Personal" (2006)
  • "A Tribute to Troy" b/w "So Fly" (2006)
  • "Til the Sun Comes" (2008) (with Middle Child)
  • "Music Over Madness" (2008) (with Middle Child)
  • "A Tribute to Da Beatminerz" b/w "A Tribute to The Beatnuts" (2008)
  • "Another Tribute to Dilla" b/w "Digital Funky" (2008)
  • "A Tribute to Souls" b/w "Capricorn's Reprise" (2008)
  • "A Tribute to De La" b/w "Stakes Still High" (2011)



  1. ^ Danny (October 4, 2011). "Video: J. Rawls – Find A New (ft. Casual of Hieroglyphics)". The Find Magazine.
  2. ^ Downing, Andy (June 5, 2014). "Beats by J: As local hip-hop icon J Rawls prepares to step back from the scene, the next generation steps up". Columbus Alive.
  3. ^ Rutledge, Bryant (June 5, 2008). "J.Rawls & Middle Child "Thankful"". XLR8R.
  4. ^ "Music Entrepreneurship Workshop + Concert w/ Zo! and J. Rawls". Columbus Underground. 2018.
  5. ^ "The New Era Of Music Licensing Has Arrived". License Lounge. 2018.
  6. ^ "Music Entrepreneurship Workshop + Concert w/ Zo! and J. Rawls". Columbus Underground. 2018.
  7. ^ "J.Rawls". linkedin. 2017.
  8. ^ "OhioLink". Ohio University. 2017.
  9. ^ Conaway, Matt. "The Essence of J. Rawls - J. Rawls". Allmusic.
  10. ^ Cowie, Del F. (May 2003). "J Rawls - History's Greatest Battles, Campaigns & Topics". Exclaim!.
  11. ^ Cowie, Del F. (May 2002). "3582 - The Living Soul". Exclaim!.
  12. ^ Hogg, Ross (November 28, 2003). "Situational Ethics". XLR8R.
  13. ^ Ketchum III, William E. (May 26, 2011). "The Hip-Hop Affect (review)". HipHopDx. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  14. ^ Jones, Kevin (May 24, 2011). "J. Rawls - The Hip Hop Affect". Exclaim!.
  15. ^ Orr, Niela. "J. Rawls". Okayplayer. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  16. ^ Bozzer, Mark (August 28, 2012). "Casual and J Rawls - Respect Game or Expect Flames". Exclaim!.
  17. ^ Love, T. (September 8, 2012). "J.Rawls and Casual". Okayplayer.
  18. ^ Baker, Soren (June 12, 2014). "J Rawls "The Legacy" Release Date, Cover Art, Tracklist & Album Stream". HipHopDX.

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