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J.Rhodes

Dallas, Texas, United States

Dallas, Texas, United States
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"Interview with J.Rhodes"

http://www.undevco.com/interviews/jrhodes/jrhodes.html (the link)

CAN'T COPY TEXT FROM SITE...But go to link and check it out! - Undevco Magazine


"Local Rapper to Open Studio"

http://media.www.ntdaily.com/media/storage/paper877/news/2006/11/22/Arts/Local.Rapper.To.Open.Studio-2506597.shtml

Local rapper and producer Justin Rhodes will open a new recording studio in Oak Cliff at the beginning of 2007.
Rhodes and two business partners, Rosalinda Ruiz and Brandon Williams, have been planning the opening of Studio 808 since August. Studio 808 will be a full-service recording facility to the Metroplex, allowing local up-and-coming artists to complete their musical projects, Ruiz said.
Rhodes said the studio will offer artists the ability to record, mix and master, receive song writing and production.
"We really hope to bridge the gap of producing costs by charging enough so that we can make money and at the same time have reasonable rates so that local artists can reach their goals," Rhodes said.
Ruiz said she and Williams made Rhodes a part of the project after seeing his dedication to and success of his music career.
"We figured that it would be best to bring in someone that already had a hand in the business and who had already had so much success as a local artist," Ruiz said.
Twenty-three-year-old Rhodes has been rapping since elementary school after being inspired by the rap group Outkast.
"I loved their uniqueness and how they put forth the south region within their music," Rhodes said.
Rhodes describes his music as "old school hip-hop with a southern flair."
"I love all genres of music, but I chose my style of music because I want to remain true to where I came from," Rhodes said.
Club Blue and Purgatory are two of the many clubs that Rhodes has performed at in the Dallas area.
"I love to perform," Rhodes said. "In the studio you can be creative, but when you are doing a live show, your performance is based on the fan interaction."
After rapping for nearly 11 years, Rhodes added the business side of the music industry to his career, when he created his own record label called D-Factory Entertainment.
"This label is about producing good music with local artists, allowing them to become known for their talent," Rhodes said.
B. Cross and Mic-D, who both have an album coming out, are just two of the local artists that have joined Rhodes' label.
Working as the in-house producer and engineer, Rhodes was able to produce his independent album, The Sound of Music this past year.
Rhodes said he named the album after the movie, "The Sound of Music."
"I incorporated rap beats into the title track, which contains music samples from Julia Andrews, who was a performer in the movie," Rhodes said. "The feedback from people that have accepted my music is what has kept me going over the years."
Rhodes said more than 1,000 copies of his debut album have sold.
Rhodes' album, as well as other information, can be found at www.MySpace.com/gloriassun. - NT Daily


"Link to T.V Appearance"

http://www.wfaa.com/video/youngstreet-index.html?nvid=263466 - Channel 8 youngstreet


"J.Rhodes Sound of Music II album review"

http://www.okayplayer.com/reviews/july-2008/j.-rhodes-200807076021/


Think of the best emcees out of Texas and who comes to mind? Houston’s Scarface? Bun B out of P.A.T.? Over the course of your deliberation, there’s likely one glaring omission. What about Dallas? While artists in other parts of the Lone Star State have garnered notoriety, hip hop in the Big D has gone curiously unnoticed. How could this be? How could hip hop in such a prosperous city be so bankrupt? Beyond Badu’s boundless blending of R&B and rap elements, what does Dallas have to offer? Ask producer/emcee J. Rhodes and he’ll tell you it’s the Sound of Music II.

The album kicks off with “J-R-H-O-D-E-S ,” a re-introduction of sorts given this album is a sequel. The track enters like a dust storm kicked up in the midst of tornado alley leading to a crisply-produced theme full of aspirations. With lyrics like, “the world finna listen up when I speak/future hall of famer and I haven’t reached my peak…I’m underrated, overlooked, I’m off the radar/competin’ with yo top five no matter who they are,” J. Rhodes reveals to the listener not only that he knows precisely where he stands in the eyes of the industry, but also indicates where he wants to be; the standard-bearing emcee outta DFW. For the most part, Rhodes succeeds. Tracks like “My City,” “Where I Live,” and “Bottom To Top” are slices of Oak Cliff life, a Dallas neighborhood that reflects the gritty reality that bubbles beneath the city’s prosperous veneer. They’re each at times sinister and treacherous, and lovingly reflective.

But they’re also prone to cliché. Anyone who has listened to a radio or cd within the past decade knows that synthesized horns and speedy hi hats have become a way of life in Southern hip hop. And J. Rhodes doesn’t appear to be in a rush to buck the trend. Though the lack of innovation or originality doesn’t hinder Sound of Music II’s accessibility, it makes many of the tracks indistinguishable from anything currently in Mannie Fresh’s voluminous catalogue. For instance, despite J. Rhodes’ silky recitation of the hook, “we got speakers, heaters, tweeters, lots of hydro for the chiefers, bootleg liquor by the liter, cross them tracks, you’re bound to see us,” and verses that seamlessly shift from styles resembling M.J.G. to Andre 3K, the aforementioned formula threatens to drown “Personal” in its distinctly southern stew. And “SOM II” is weighed down by Akron Watson’s vocorder enhanced backing vocals which devolve into a series of cringe inducing ad libs that sound as though T-Pain was involved in a horrible car accident.

Carrying an entire city on your back is a difficult burden to bear. Artists bold enough to take on the task must eventually determine whether they should take a chance and stand out from the crowd or blend in with the masses. Until J. Rhodes answers that question, the query of what Dallas has to offer will likely remain unanswered.

- Adam Roussell - O.K. Player


Discography

Sound of Music 1. S.O.M II. 80s Baby Ent Sick tape. I have tracks streaming on internet radio shows such as "young h goes in" Also type in J.Rhodes in Itunes to purchase my work.

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Hip Hop Based, but Southern Rap to the core. In the mold of Outkast , Goodie Mob but also T.I and Scarface. I am a producer by trade so my beats and lyrics naturally mesh well with each other. Kanye "South" is my nickname. lol. Just love music and I tell my story, this I am most proud of. Telling my story is what indeed sets me apart from other artist. When you are true to yourself and speak from your experiences then naturally your music will sound different. Could go on and on but I would loooooove for my music to do the talking. I'm long winded and I may shut your website down. lol. So serious.