A great portion Rawkus’ success can be attributed to its core of in-house producers. That’s where Cincinnati beatsmith and dj Hi-Tek proved his worth. Providing the soundscape and occasional bars as one half of Reflection Eternal with Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek’s influence on Rawkus can be felt 0n numerous projects, including Train of Thought and Soundbombing Vol. 2 standout “1-9-9-9.” In 2001, Tek, by then one of the last Mohicans from the label’s golden years, went on to release the first of a trilogy of well-produced compilation albums titled, Hi-Teknology.

Post-Rawkus, the “Music For Life” producer has become one of Hip-Hop’s most underrated talents with notable production credits like The Game’s “Runnin’,” 50 Cent’s “Ryder Music,” and Snoop Dogg’s (not quite ready to accept Snoop Lion) “No Thang On Me,” and more recently Smoke DZA’s “The Early Days of George.” He also linked up with Talib Kweli to create Reflection Eternal’s second album, Revolutions per Minute in 2010.


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