26 Oct 2013 |


Producer J Rawls Joins Tiffin University Team

Producer J Rawls Joins Tiffin University Team

The Tiffin University music department has announced that hip-hop producer J Rawls will serve as Artist-In-Residence.  During the 2012-13 academic year, Rawls will present twelve convocations and workshops focusing on hip-hop, music production, and music industry related topics.  These free lecture-demonstrations will be open to all TU students and to the general public.
Rawls will also serve as coach to TU student musicians, as instructor for a course in music business to be offered on Monday evenings in the Fall 2012 semester, and as private instructor for students studying beatmaking, turntablism, emceeing and studio production.  He is also involved in developing future coursework for TU’s ProMusic degree program.
Known for his work with Black Star, a hip hop group comprised of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Rawls contributed production on “Brown Skin Lady” and “Yo, Yeah,” which placed him on the map among independent hip hop producers. The album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star did was acclaimed as one of the best albums of 1998 and was a major force in the late-1990s underground hip hop explosion.
Rawls has also worked with Dose One, Beastie Boys, Slum Village, El Da Sensei, Count Bass D, Grand Agent, 9th Wonder, J-Live, Us3, and Moka Only.  He has released three solo albums, and contributed to or produced dozens of others.  He is one-half of the duo The Lone Catalysts, with emcee J. Sands, having released four albums together.   Fusing jazz and hip hop, his 2006 work with The Liquid Crystal Project led to national acclaim for his collaboration with B-Jazz, Shaun Scott, B Chapman and Selah 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.  Rawls holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in education from Ashland University, and is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration from Ohio University.
Rawls joins the Tiffin University music department as it launches the first coursework in its major in Professional Music, the only commercial/popular music performance degree in Ohio.
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