Dallas rapper J. Rhodes will join Playdough on October 26 at the Prophet Bar to celebrate the release of his new project, Oak Cliff Huxtable. We shot him a few questions about the new release.
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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!
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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.