Recording artist, Founder of The Lyricist Live, Emceee, CEO of Coral Castle Ent, award winning Jacksonville hip-hop/Folk artist, educator and documentarian Mal Jones hosts The Lyricist Live at downtown vision’s monthly “Jacksonville Artwalk.” A Bronx Born, 23 year resident of Duval County, and pioneer of the Jacksonville indie Hip Hop scene, schools Duval youth using hip-hop culture as an educational tool. In 2013 Mal Jones became the first Hip Hop artist in Florida history labeled a “Folk Artist” By The Florida Folklife Program and division of Historical resources for the traditional skill of improvisational freestyle rapping. Mal is also a public speaker, guest lecturer, and advocate for Arts/Education. Hosting a number of Hip Hop workshops that focus on writing, and literacy. Mal also runs a state funded apprenticeship program awarded by The Florida Folklife Program in 2015 that teaches the traditional skill of Freestyle rapping.