During the 2012-2013 academic year, J Rawls, Tiffin University artist-in-residence, is to present entertaining and fact-filled symposiums about the four elements of hip-hop - rap, DJ-ing, graffiti and dance. The first of this series is at 7 p.m. tonight in Osceola Theatre in the Gillmor Student Center. The presentation is to explore the dance element of hip-hop known as "B-Boying," and is to feature dance group I AM D.A.N.C.E. LLC.
I AM D.A.N.C.E. is a performance visual arts company whose name stands for "I am determined and never concealing energy." The group encourages people to pursue their passion and to show their true energy expressed through dance.
Producer J Rawls, a Columbus native, is known for his work with Black Star, a hip hop group comprised of Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Rawls also has worked with Dose One, Beastie Boys, Slum Village, El Da Sensei, Count Bass D, Grand Agent, 9th Wonder, J-Live, Us3, and Moka Only. His solo and collaborative projects include the duo The Lone Catalysts with emcee J. Sands, and the jazz and hip hop fusion group Liquid Crystal Project.
This promotional image shows J Rawls, Tiffin University’s artist-in-residence. J Rawls is to give symposiums about hip-hop and B-Boying beginning tonight.
Music for the program will be provided by DJ O Sharp of Columbus-based Usual Suspects.