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About The New Beatmaker

Hi!  I'm Lee.  Welcome to my blog.  Here we talk music: news, reviews, interviews, tips, tutorials and more.  I'm also working on the upcoming podcast  Influenced  as a guest, writer and researcher alongside music aficionado Mark Williams and friends.  Watch this space! I have been a lover of music for as long as I can remember, an amateur lyricist for 25 years, a music writer for 15 years and a hobbyist musician and blogger for almost 10 years. My tastes range from jazz to house to hip hop and I love helping artists from all genres develop their sound. My music, videos, reviews and interviews have been featured in a variety of magazines and websites, including: B-Boy Tech Report Gimme That Beat Humanhuman Audio Skills Dream House Beats Where Did the Road Go Beat Tape Co-Op Push Power Promo Drum Magazine You can find my music on Bandcamp: Monkey Mind Sounds AKA LeeTNB And you can find me on Facebook: The New Beatmaker page Lee's personal page

J Rawls 'Rio'

NEWS: A suitably summery offering from the legendary hip hop producer

Check out my exclusive interview with J Rawls: J Rawls: The New Beatmaker interview

'Columbus, Ohio-bred jazz-hop producer, teacher, DJ, emcee, and Polar Entertainment head J. Rawls presents the music video for “Rio”, the new single from his new album The Legacy out now featuring Masta Ace, Illa J, Oddisee, Wordsworth, Nottz Raw, Blueprint, JG the Juggernaut, P Blackk, Jean P, Driskill, Ms Sara D, Rashad, John Robinson, Ceezar, Lea Anderson and Keisha Soleil as well as production from Kev Brown, The Mighty DR, Rob Riley, Lakim and DJ O Sharp. 




“Rio” is directed by Hieroglyphics emcee Casual and is produced by Stalley/Lox/Mase collaborator Rashad. 


The Legacy is the final solo album from Rawls, the producer behind tracks for rap luminaries from Mos Def & Talib Kweli to the Beastie Boys, and to commemorate his transition he produces only one track on the album. 

“This album represents my path to achieving greatness,” says Rawls. “It is my thank you to all the people I have worked with and who have impacted me along the way. I’m excited to share my legacy with those who have supported me throughout the years.”

'Rio' is from J Rawls' latest project 'The Legacy', on Polar Entertainment: polarentllc.com/

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