J. Rawls' production is best known for his work with Black Star, a rap group formed by Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Rawls contributed production on "Brown Skin Lady" and "Yo, Yeah" which placed him on the map among producers in the rap music genre. With his earliest recollection of hip-hop from movies such as Wild Style and Beat Street and influenced by Madlib, Pete Rock and Jay Dee he has always produced and made music he has loved. In 2001 he released his solo debut called The Essence of J. Rawls. He has released two more albums since, The Essence of Soul in 2005 and The Liquid Crystal Project in 2006.