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We asked a question to two of our music writers: whether they released a great album, went on a tear with shows, broke through with national media, or otherwise impressed, what bands or musicians made a move that made us take notice of them in 2012? - D Magazine

Dallas Record Label, 80’s Baby Entertainment and The Alumni Group Dedicate One Night to Acknowledge and Salute Dallas Producers J. Rhodes, S1, and Greg Fears for Ingenuity and Talent Reaching a Global Scale-Producing “Blood Diamonds” on The Game’s Latest Album, “Jesus Piece”. Guests Are Invited to Celebrate the Release of the Album and the Producers’ Latest Accomplishment at Glass Night Club-Located at 1899 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas. - Krista Kelley

This Thursday Night, House of Blues in Dallas Delivers an Entire Concert Spreading Holiday Cheer and Community Outreach. The Metropolitan’s Top Acts Share Their Gifts in the Heart of Dallas Influencing Fans to Give Back to the Cities Future Leaders Impacted by Poverty. The GIVE L!VE Toy Drive is a Charity Concert Benefitting Toys for Tots. - Krista Kelley

Dallas Hip-Hop Producer J. Rhodes has scored his second major placement on the The Game’s Jesus Piece Album. The song is called “Blood Diamond” & was produced by S1, J. Rhodes & Greg Fears of the SKP team! You can PRE ORDER the album on iTunes (Jesus Piece (Deluxe) Pre Order), or go in to Best Buy on Dec 11th and purchase the DELUXE EDITION! - So So Active

Pick up the Games New "Jesus Piece Album" Dec 11th! S1/J.Rhodes/Greg Fears of Team SKP produced #15 Blood Diamonds! - iTunes

Playdough, J. Rhodes
Friday, October 26, at The Prophet Bar, $10/$12
Last week, we put the spotlight on Playdough and J. Rhodes, two Dallas emcees with new albums out. Playdough's Writer Dye: Deux or Die is a sample-heavy celebration of popular music and rap's interpretative nature, whereas J. Rhodes' Oak Cliff Huxtable reps the local scene a bit. Opener Ty City dropped his excellent new mixtape, Good Look on the Listen, this summer, and Dustin Cavazos is prepping his new one, In and Out of Sleep, for release later this fall. Add in VA the Gray, D. Hayes, DJ Niro and DJ M Knight, and you've got one fine seasonal display. -- Audra Schroeder - Dallas Observer

Dallas MC-producer J. Rhodes is the latest up-and-comer to "Get In The Game" on "RapFix Live" and the bespectacled artist is making the most of his largest break yet.

When asked on his reaction to having his "Hello" video featured during the show — with former Little Brother producer 9th Wonder and fiery MC David Banner weighing in alongside host Sway — the excited rapper eloquently shared his joy in being selected.

"I mean it was crazy, it was actually surreal to me, man," J. Rhodes said. "I was joking about being on there but I uploaded my video and I got the call that I’ll be on 4:00 PM eastern and it was on."

J.Rhodes didn’t stop there. He continued to express more appreciation for the opportunity and constructive criticism from 9th and Banner.

"It’s been getting great feedback from two artists I really respect and to be on a national stage and have all these people commenting on it has been nothing but a blessing," the humbled wordsmith shared. "I took it all in stride but I really can’t say enough how much it really means."

J.Rhodes’ career began in 2004, where a young Rhodes was primarily an MC but taught himself to produce out of necessity. The rapper-turned-producer then added another feather in his cap as he taught himself how to engineer his own tracks, becoming a literal triple threat. Wining the IStandard ASCAP Producer battle this year also helped to raise his profile.

"I did it this way because after a while you get sick and tired of looking for someone," the hardworking talent said. "I began reaching out to other artists and began my own label."

And reach out he has. As a producer, Rhodes has worked with artists such as Slim Thug, Mr. Head Crack of the Rickey Smiley morning show and vocalist Phill Wade. He’s also worked with So So Def recording artist Dondria and female MC Ni-Taylor.

J.Rhodes' 80’s Baby ENT label is in its fledgling stages but the Texas native says to expect more.

"I’m on my Kanye of the south thing now but I’m ready to produce for the Young Jeezy's and Common's of the world," Rhodes said. "I’m ready to take it to the masses on a bigger level." - MTV Rap Fix

J.Rhodes's 2nd time on MTV Rap Fix. This time with Wiz Khalifa and Sway! - MTV Rap Fix

It seems like every time I speak a request into the thin air somebody in this city is way ahead of me. This time that somebody is J. Rhodes. His newest album, Oak Cliff Huxtable, is a direct answer to my plea for authentic, believable hip hop that is born in and about Dallas.

J. Rhodes has spent the bulk of the past eight years garnering more credentials as a producer than an artist, though he has always aimed to be the latter. Rhodes is a member of Waco-based Symbolyc One’s production team, which has its tendrils around national acts such as Talib Kweli and Kanye West, as well as Dallaship hop matriarch Erykah Badu. Since attending the University of North Texas, J. Rhodes has honed his production skills, whether working out of his East Dallashome or his downtown studio. Yet his passion to communicate his own narratives has never waned, and that desire finds traction in Oak Cliff Huxtable. SaysRhodes, “If you listen to those 14 tracks, you can come away knowing who I am as a person.” ....(cont) - D Magazine

Name a few hip-hop artists who've had a lasting effect on you.
OutKast, first and foremost. They made being innovative cool. Every album classic, every album different. Kanye West: He brought the producer/artist to the forefront in the modern era. There were others before him, but no one did it as big as he did from a musical and branding standpoint. Jay-Z: Dude's just cool. Dude could get a plug in his head by his barber and it would become the new trend.
What does this particular album release signify for you?
It's my coming-out party as an artist. I think it's my College Dropout. I've made my name with my productions, but I think this beat brings all of my talents together to display me as an all-around artist.

What are a couple of your favorite tracks off the album?
Cliche alert: I love them ALL. All 14 tracks. No skips on this project. But ... "Loyalty": I've been through and learned a lot since my last release, and "Loyalty" discusses having an epiphany about the right and wrong people in my life. "Oak Cliff Huxtable": It just really felt like I was on the brownstone steps. Though Oak Cliff has nothing of that sort. It felt like home. My daughter being on it solidified this being my favorite!

What do you think of your co-headliner, Playdough?
Playdough has some of the most dynamic music I've heard. I've been blessed to work with him as a producer on a couple of occasions, and it was a complete honor. Coolest guy you'll ever meet. Grounded in the Lord, but he's not the type to flaunt his faith in your face. - Dallas Observer

Last week, we put the spotlight on Playdough and J. Rhodes, two Dallas emcees with new albums out. Playdough's Writer Dye: Deux or Die is a sample-heavy celebration of popular music and rap's interpretative nature, whereas J. Rhodes' Oak Cliff Huxtable reps the local scene a bit. Opener Ty City dropped his excellent new mixtape, Good Look on the Listen, this summer, and Dustin Cavazos is prepping his new one, In and Out of Sleep, for release later this fall. Add in VA the Gray, D. Hayes, DJ Niro and DJ M Knight, and you've got one fine seasonal display. - Dallas Observer

In cult science fiction classic The Fifth Element, a taxi driver played by Bruce Willis becomes an unlikely hero when a mysterious, gibberish-speaking woman tumbles into his flying taxicab, drawing him into an elaborate struggle for the fate of the planet Earth. Hell of a way to start a relationship. Fresh off producing Talib Kweli‘s Congregation, J. Rhodes fantasizes about finding himself in a similar situation, praying for the girl of his dreams to fall out of the sky and bewitch him with her out-of-this-world charms. Sir Tim assists on the production tip, teaming up with the headliner to create an appropriately spacey synth backdrop for his lovestruck bars, and Ben Cina serenades the woman in question on his heartfelt hook. Fans will be able to find this record and much more on Rhodes’ Oak Cliff Huxtable tape, set to hit the ‘net October 8. - DJ Booth

J.Rhodes is celebrating the launch of his new website today and in doing so the emcee/producer is giving you a new joint for free. For “5th Element” J.Rhodes honors all the women of virtue out there with co-production by Sir Tim and featuring the R&B stylings of Ben Cina.

J.Rhodes is responsible of co-producing, with S1, Talib Kweli‘s Cerified fresH joint “Congregation” featuring Ab-Soul and Black Thought and is preparing to drop his sure to-be-dope solo project, Oak Cliff Huxtable, on October 22nd. You will be able to find “5th Element” and many more ill cuts in the near future on J.Rhodes new site VintageRhodes.com. Don’t get caught slippin’! - Kevin Nottingham

It’s Instrumental Tuesday and today we present to you volume 1 in the series from super producer J. Rhodes. Hit the cut for the tracklist and link. Enjoy! - Kevin Nottingham

Dallas emcee/producer J.Rhodes was recently featured on MTV’s RapFix as the latest up and comer in their “Get In The Game” feature. Though the video debuted on YouTube back in December, I just recently caught wind of it and had to share. Really diggin the use of the Shai sample and looking forward to hear what more will be coming from J.Rhodes. - Kevin Nottingham

Congregation ft Black Thought and Ab-Soul produced by J.Rhodes - 2dopeboyz

“Can I get a ‘Church!’ from the Congregation?” Fresh off unleashing his latest street album upon the ‘net, Talib Kweli has donned his Sunday best to bring us a standout selection off the project. And, like a true evangelist, he’s brought a couple homies along for the ride; over J. Rhodes’ resonant piano beat, peppered with gospel vocal interjections, the Brooklyn veteran is joined by Roots frontman Black Thought, who spits obliquely about his struggles to make it on the front, and TDE rhymesayer Ab-Soul, who proclaims himself “rap Jehova” on his fiery middle contribution. Kweli gets Biblical on his opponents on verse three, managing to rhyme “dialectic,” “Dianetics” and “diabetics,” without breaking a sweat. Does this lyrically on-point collab have you praising the Lord? More fresh tunes await on the DJ Z-Trip-hosted Attack the Block tape, available now for free streaming and download via The DJBooth. - DJ Booth

New Mixtape: Talib Kweli Attack The Block

Congregation - Produced by J.Rhodes - Rap Radar

J.Rhodes SXSW Video Press Kit goes through some of the artist/producer 's 2010 accomplishments leading up to SXSW 2011 - YouTube

He's A Consistent Prolific Grinder. He's 80's Baby crew also features female rapper Ni-Taylor who dropped her sick tape. Check out their Sickmas mixtape and J.Rhodes Hello Video. - DFW Quick

Dallas producer/artist J.Rhodes on MTV Rap Fix - YouPeopleMustBeCrazy.com

J.Rhodes is the last piece to this Trifecta when you hear J.Rhodes spit the 1st thing that stands out is his deep down south Drawl he I like to call him the Baby Bavu Blakes because they booth utilize that deep baritone flow & have such a distinct dope southern flow. J.Rhodes is a hustler, a businessman, producer & father & has one hell of a team behind 80's Baby Ent - Pikahsso Black Man with Blog

Rap Fix Live with 9th Wonder David Banner and J.Rhodes - MTV.com

I'd like to formally introduce you to J. Rhodes. J. Rhodes is a rapper/producer from Oak Cliff, Dallas' most notorious subsection. He is a talented young man with focus and determination to meet his goals. This year alone has proved to be a good one, he even rocked the House of Blues. Meet J. Rhodes. - klairkia516magazine

I caught this dude when he was featured on MTV's RapFix. I thought the track was pretty dope. Pretty fresh sample too. Check it out and share your thoughts down in the comment section. Chea! - The Mad Bloggers

Last week saw the release of two notable mixtapes in Dallas hip-hop. Thursday night, the Thugged Out D-Town Gangsta Boogie release at The Mansion with Kiki J of K104, plus performances from DJ Drop and other Definition DJs, among others. Sunday night at Aloft, 80s Baby held a release party for their Christmas-themed hip-hop mix "Merry Sickmas." Photos by Gloria Levario. - Dallas Observor

Dont miss it peep the player below to see it 3pm CST that 4pm Est Dallas, Texas is on the hiphop rise and special thanks to Sway Calloway for showing my Dallas Peoples J.Rhodes & Vicious Cycle Love. And remember boys & girls Dallas Got Skills.

PiKaHsSo - blackmanwithblog

Today on MTV’s RapFix’s “Get In The Game” segment, Dallas rapper J Rodes had his video “Hello” featured and discussed by hip-hop staples 9th Wonder & David Banner. During the interview, 9th Wonder expressed that he was impressed with the beat, which was also produced by J Rhodes. He suggested that Rhodes get a team of people behind him to keep the momentum going. David Banner said, “the thing that caught me first was your voice,” and referred to Rhodes as a “triple threat”. Stay tuned folks, I’m sure he will be releasing this classic song very soon! - You people...

J. Rhodes and the 80's Baby camp released the video to Rhodes' single "Hello" yesterday and the response has been enthusiastic to say the least. The Shai track was unexpected and incredibly well sampled. Take a look at the video for "Hello" below.

I told you bout this producer/songwriter/rapper/engineer/MR. EVERYTHING a few days ago. If you don't remember the piece or, if you've yet to read it, check it out HERE.

Make sure to support the movement on Twitter by following @J_Rhodes and by heading over to YOUTUBE.

*Note: J. Rhodes shows off his dance moves around the 3:00 mark. Hilarious. - Chan Lo

After garnering success from his most recent projects: The 80’s Baby Sick Tape Volume 1 and 80’s Baby “Merry Sickmas” Sick Tape Volume 2, the people are ready for Rhodes’ third, yes third solo album entitled Gloria’s Sun. J. Rhodes has been working intensely in the studio to provide his fans with his best album yet. To prepare everyone for greatness, J. Rhodes is first dropping Gloria’s Sun .5 Sick Tape on January 29, 2010 which just so happens to be the day Gloria’s son was born. Listeners should expect to hear Rhodes signature baritone voice spitting witty flow over blockbuster beats, as well as vivid storytelling, and all around good music. Gloria’s Sun .5 Sick Tape will show the growth of J. Rhodes as an artist and producer, cementing his spot as the next big thing. - Artists On The Rise Misschelle206's Blog

For anyone not already familiar with J Rhodes (you should know him from my Unique Styles vol 16 mixtape), consider this video for his single "Hello" your introduction. - Da Hitman

@J_Rhodes - Hello (Shai Sample)

Had the pleasure of seeing this cat live in Deep Ellum tonight, his beats are bananas!!! - Mike G

The homie J.Rhodes just released the video for his single, "Hello" I gotta say that the treatment on this video is ill (that's the undergrad in film degree coming out). The production and flow are ill too.

I met J.Rhodes back in 2008 when I had just separated from the U.S. Army. He engineered studio sessions for my cousin and I at The 808 Studio. Dude is mad humble and cool. He has been on the grind with this music thing for a minute. Whether racking up iStandard Producer awards, dropping ill verses, or producing, mixing, and mastering tracks; the kid J.Rhodes is definitely putting on for The D and one to watch out for. Bless! - Calidad Entertainment

Hello - Nice HIp HOp .com

I know i've said it before that I hate making comparisons but in this case its a comparsion that i can relate to J. Rhodes is a cool dude, on his grind, networking and prolific. When I hear his voice he reminds me of Texas underground rap legend Bavu Blakes they have that articulate southern drawl with baritone flow. This video is clean and sharp and I promise you once you hear the song u will be singing it in your head all day its really catchy and familiar im not gone tell you what it is u got to watch the video and find out for yourselves. Support DOPE DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) Hiphop. - PIKAHSSO

If you aren't familiar with the Dallas music scene, or, if your stuck in the land of party music and screw, I'd like you to take a moment, clear your ears, and listen to a star in the making. J. Rhodes, born, Justin Rhodes, is a Dallas bred producer, writer, rapper, engineer and creator of 80's Baby Ent. Rhodes sets himself apart from the mainstream Dallas movement by not only creating for himself but, maximizing his production and vocal talents and implementing them with his artists. An example of this can be seen in his latest mixtape release, The Talented Mr. Rhodes. Collaborations with 80's Baby phenoms Ni Taylor ("King and Queen") and Braysonic ("Don't Stop") only provide more proof that this growing company is producing hits like no other in the Metroplex. - SBNP Blog spot

J.Rhodes in Red Bull Big Tune... the article expired so here is a video of me in the biggest production competition in the world! - St.Louis Today

"J Rhodes and Ni Taylor 'King and Queen' -- I've hit replay on this song a ridiculous number of times. Lyrically both MCs rip this track and the production is on some epic chants and choir licks. It's just a BIG track." - DFW Quick

The Dallas beatsmith by the name of J.Rhodes has been coming on strong as of late. His sound is original. Each beat stands on its own. Its impossible to put the talented Mr. Rhodes into a box. - Ryan Mega

It's the type of community-oriented goals the 808 owners – Rosalinda Ruiz, J. Rhodes and B. Williams – envisioned when they launched the studio six months ago. - DFW Quick

"80's Baby Merry Sickmas Party at Aloft" - Dallas Observor

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. - Okay Player

You always have confidence in your talents, but just to know that you can take your talent to the biggest music conference in the nation and come out victorious boosts that confidence that much more. - Istandard Producers


S.O.M I, S.O.M II, Gloria's Sun .5, The Talented Mr.Rhodes and his latest critically acclaimed project "Oak Cliff Huxtable". It is available on iTunes and is currently being streamed on all major internet radio stations and apps across the world.

My single Beastie Boys got RAVE REVIEWS along with my self directed and edited video.

My second single Fifth Element was featured on DJ Booth, Kevin Nottingham and many other blog sites across the world!

Produced "Blood Diamond" from The Games newest LP Jesus Piece that drops 12/11/2012

Produced "Congregation", Talib Kweli ft Black Thought of the Roots and Ab-Soul.

My single Hello took the world by storm! over 100,000 views! It was also featured on MTV's Rap Fix with 9th Wonder, David Banner and Sway!

My single Uber also did wonderful! It was featured on MTV Rap Fix with Wiz Khalifa and Sway!

You can go to www.jrhodes.bandcamp.com to download my entire discography.



Representing Oak Cliff, Dallas’s most notorious subsection, Artist/Producer J.Rhodes is 1st in line to truly put on for his city. His skills as a producer, writer, engineer, rapper, video director and his overall non stop hustle is why he is dubbed"The Talented Mr.Rhodes".

As a producer, The Game, Talib Kweli, Black-Thought of the Roots, Ab-Soul, Slim Thug, Rhymefest, Rapsody, Dondria & many more talented artist have been backed by a Rhodes production. His sound has been the fundamental building block in his own music group 80's Baby Ent's sound. He's also competed in Red Bull Big Tune, Istandard, Dynamic Producer and many other national beat battles to sharpen his skills

His national acclaim as an up & coming artist/performer grows constantly. The video for his hit single Hello was featured on MTV rap fix where industry vets Sway, 9th Wonder and David Banner gave it RAVE REVIEWS while they interviewed him. A few months later Wiz Khalifa and Sway sat on the MTV Rap Fix couch to watch his video UBER. Wiz Complimented its creative energy as well as Rhodes's skill. His various Ep's, Lp's and sick-tapes have found worldwide favor with everyone that have reviewed them! To start 2011 Rhodes was voted one of the Top Ten Hip Hop Acts in Dallas by DFW Quick Magazine. To end 2012 D magazine wrote an article on J.Rhodes's latest project "Oak Cliff Huxtable", raising the question "Has Dallas finally found its' voice?"

His artistic strength is his live performance backed by his live band! Whether at musical venues like The House of Blues, Historical venues Like the Black Academy of Arts and letters, or super arenas like Cowboy Stadium... He leaves it all out on the stage!

Much more can be expected from Rhodes in the future! He is on Grammy winning producer S1's production team and they have crafted many instant classics for some of your favorite artists.

His latest artistic effort "Oak Cliff Huxtable" came out Oct 9th. It was the #1 downloaded album on Audio Mack downloaded even more than Rick Ross's Black Bar MitzVah!!!

"All in All, I just want to get out my art. In whatever form. No more no less. I'm an artist, I just want to share my brand of art with the world"! - J.Rhodes