n February of 2001, a young up and coming producer by the name of J Rawls released his first album titled The Essence of...;. The seminal album from the producer who would go on to produce for the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Beastie Boys, Us3 and many more featured a myriad of guests from the burgeoning underground hip hop scene. The album would go on to become a favorite among beat enthusiasts and lyric heads alike.
In accordance with RECORD STORE DAY (April 16, 2106), Rawls is set to re-release this classic on vinyl only with brand new added previously unreleased BONUS songs recorded around the same as the songs from the album. The bonus songs include never before heard material from Talib Kweli, Makeba Mooncycle, Doseone, Rubix, Wordsworth and more. The album also features a new cover and new artwork taken from the same photo sessions as the original album.
Essence of J.Rawls was the first solo album release from J Rawls. (producer for Blackstar (Mos Def and Talib Kweli; J Live, Beastie Boys, Aloe Blacc, Eric Roberson and Casual of Hieroglyphics) Îà The album includes the hits Check The Clock featuring Grap Luva, of the group INI (Elektra) and Pete Rock's younger brother, Far Away featuring Apani B Fly Emcee & Mr.Complex Îà The Essence Of J.Rawls features MC's J.Live, J.Sands, Grap Luva, Mass Influence, Apani B Fly Emcee, Mr.Complex, Unspoken Heard, Rubix, Capital D (All Natural), and more.
1. Pase La Rock - 'What You Want Is?'
2. Mass Influence - 'Superhero'
3. Top Emcees - 'Birds Of A Feather'
4. Rubix - 'Elegy (In 3 Pts.)'
5. J-Live - 'Great Live Caper'
6. Doseone & Fat Jon (of Five Deez) - 'Meniscus'
7. Home Skill - 'Blue #2'
8. capital D (of All Natural) & Mr. Greenweedz - 'Cold Turkey'
9. Apani B. Fly & Mr. Complex - 'Far Away'
10. Lone Catalysts - 'Lone Catalysts (Remix)'
11. J. Sands & Grap Luva - 'Check The Clock'
12. Asheru (of Unspoken Heard) - 'Nommo'
13. J. Rawls - 'They Can't See Me'
14. Charles Cooper - 'Blue #2 (Saxophone Reprise)'
15. Doseone - 'Listening'
16. Talib Kweli & Makeba Mooncycle - 'We Performed'
17. Holmskillit, Rubix, Wordsworth - 'Aquarius'
18. Spirit - 'I Said It'
19. J. Rawls - 'Rio (Remix)'