J Rawls Drops “Rio” Remix For The 15th Anniversary Of ‘The Essence Of…’

MC/producer J Rawls dropped his debut album The Essence Of… 15 years ago this year before going on to produce for the likes of Masta Ace, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and so many more. To commemorate the album’s 15th anniversary and in honor or Record Store Day (April 16), the Columbus, OH underground figurehead is re-releasing The Essence Of… on vinyl.

Complete with bonus songs featuring Kweli, Makeba Mooncycle, Doseone, Rubix, and Wordsworth, the re-release also comes with a remix of the classic single “Rio.” We’ve got the premiere of the “Rio” video above, which was shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with cinematography from rapper J-Live and directed by Chuck Ew. Check the video above.


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