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“A-1′s style has a similar kind of funny, free-for-all feel as post-Mac Dre rappers like [Roach] Gigz, but has a sly rap style that is distinctly his own.” – The FADER

“Easily one of the illest emcees I’ve heard over the last few years.” – OkayPlayer

Born Adam Traore, a first generation US citizen to West African and Italian parents, A-1’s music is constructed around vivid stories of growing up in The City while searching for happiness and self awareness. Regardless of whether a song is catered to be the perfect back drop to a night of raging, or a thought provoking opportunity for reflection, the music always remains true to A-1’s personal experiences. Driven by a desire to be an inherently good person in a morally complex society, A-1’s positivity shines brightly throughout his body of work. His goal is to put himself in a position to help others, starting with himself, his family, and his community, but the rest of the country and world are not too far from his sights either.

Press Releases

The Eccentric Bay Area Rapper Enjoys Puerto Vallarta In GoPro-Filmed Visual, Premiered by Young California
Premiered by Noisey, the Bay Area Rapper Reflects On the Crack Era of the 80’s, Juxtaposing the Highs and Lows of Drug Culture
Premiered by The FADER, the Bay Area Rapper Releases First Visual Since His Thurlian Mixtape, Remixing A Mr. Carmack Production
The Bay Area Rapper Remixes Tracks From Genre-Bending Producers For His Raw, Energetic, Conscious Mixtape
Premiered By Mass Appeal, the Bay Area Rapper Celebrates the Weekend On the Latest Single From His Forthcoming Thurlian Album
The Bay Area Rapper Finds Inspiration In Local Legend Mac Dre On Latest Single, Debuted By The Music Ninja
Watch A-1’s Super Slow Motion Study of “Good People,” Premiered By FACT Mag
Bay Area Rap Meets Lo-Fi Northern Ireland Electro on “Good People,” Premiered By GoodMusicAllDay
Noisey Debuts the “Super Duper Hyphy” Single From the Bay Area Rapper’s Forthcoming Thurlian Album
Featuring Production From Kaytranada, Mr. Carmack, XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Sango, the Bay Area Rapper Launches Website, Preps Album Release
For His Latest Visual, A-1 Hits the Streets Following the San Francisco Giants’ World Series Win
A-1 Teams Up With Rising Philadelphia Producers Louis Futon For New Single Premiered via This Song Is Sick
West Coast Rapper A-1 Drops Video For “Summertime Sadness”
West Coast Rapper Tells Story Of Love Gone Wrong In New Visual
West Coast Rapper Conjures Images Of The Darker Side Of Summer; FACT Premieres Track

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