Rocktoberfest preview: J. Rawls and P. Blackk

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Rocktoberfest, Alive's annual fall concert extravaganza, is going down Friday at The Bluestone, 583 E. Broad St. You can get a quick overview of all the incredible performers in this handy preview, but this week we'll also be spotlighting each performer individually, one per day, leading up to Friday's big bash.

Today we turn our attention to veteran DJ/producer J. Rawls and young stud MC P. Blackk, two of the city's great hip-hop talents coming together. I described them this way on the Facebook event: "The city's greatest veteran rap producer teams with the city's greatest young rapper for horn-blaring breakbeats and genuinely lyrical, charismatic verses."

Both guys have sterling reputations- Rawls on a global level for years of ace productions highlighted by his work with Mos Def and Talib Kweli's collaborative album Black Star, Blackk on a regional level for the budding lyrical flair he's flexed on numerous free albums and mixtapes since 2010, particularly his magnum opus (so far) "Blackk Friday."Both musicians have released an onslaught of material this year, particularly Rawls, who dropped a record with Heiroglyphics rapper Casual and had a hand in the third Liquid Crystal Project album. For his part, Blackk chipped in the second installment of his "It's Always Sunny In Columbus" mixtape series and a smattering of guest spots with friends like Raz Fresco and Fabrashay A.Their paths converge at "Contemporary Nostalgia," the album they've been working on together. Friday's set from the dynamic duo promises to preview of one of the most anticipated albums in Columbus, one with potential to capture attention far outside this city.

J. Rawls and P. Blackk perform at 11 p.m. this Friday at Rocktoberfest. (RSVP here.) Below, find the lead single from "Contemporary Nostalgia," "Don't Do It," as well as a clip from Rawls' album with Casual and Blackk's fun web feature "Bussin' Rhymes."