One Be Lo

One Be Lo
One Be Lo
Origin Pontiac, Michigan
Genres Alternative hip hop
Years active 1998–present
Labels MYX Music, Subterraneous, Fat Beats

Nahshid Sulaiman (born Ralond Scruggs) better known by his stage name One Be Lo is an alternative hip hop artist from Pontiac, Michigan.[1] He is well respected for being one half of the former rap duo Binary Star,[2] and has released a number of well-received solo albums.[3][4][5][6] He is also a member of the World Champion B-boy crew, Massive Monkees.



Early life and Binary Star

Having grown up listening to the likes of KRS-One, A Tribe Called Quest, and Ice Cube, One Be Lo gained an interest in hip hop from an early age. In 1998, he created the hip hop group Binary Star with Senim Silla. They released two albums, Water World (1999) and Masters of the Universe (2000), before the group split up. One Be Lo cited "creative differences" as the main reason for their split.[4][5]

In 2000, he started focusing more on his solo work. He also changed his stage name to One Be Lo, having been known as OneManArmy for his work with Binary Star.[6] The name change was due to changes within himself and a potential legal dispute between a punk group with the same name.[4][5]

Solo career

In January 2000, he established his own independent label called Subterraneous Records. This enabled him to release his own albums more easily, while also promoting a number of Michigan’s most promising producers and emcees. A year later, Subterraneous Records released WaterWorld Too, a compilation featuring a number of artists from the label's roster. In the meantime, he continued to work on his solo material with producer Decompoze. In late 2002, One Be Lo decided to press limited copies of Project F.E.T.U.S. (For Everybody That Under Stands), a collection of songs that were not initially intended for release.[5] This release was aimed to be a segue into One Be Lo’s official solo material, and has since proven to be a successful debut, appearing on the top 10 rap albums of February 2007.[7]

His first official solo album was released on Fat Beats in 2005. This was entitled S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. (Sounds Of Nahshid Originate Good Rhymes And Music) and featured a number of fellow Michigan rappers such as Abdus Salaam and singer Ka Di.[5] This was generally received well by critics, and many praised One Be Lo for his conscious and intelligent lyrics. This was followed by S.T.I.L.L.B.O.R.N. (Something To Interest Lo Listeners Beyond Original Recorded Networkings and Subterraneous/Trackezoids Invest Lost Lyrics Bringing Old Rhymes New), a mix CD of previously unreleased songs and remixes. His most recent project is R.E.B.I.R.T.H., receiving critical acclaim by many hip hop publications.

All of his solo albums have been leading up to his magnum opus, entitled L.I.F.E. (Lo Is For Everybody). His current project that he's working on, entitled 'B.A.B.Y.' (Being A Black Youth) is scheduled to be released in 2010[dated info] under the MYX Music record label. It is set to feature artists such as Freeway, Devin The Dude, Phonte of Little Brother, Royce Da 5'9", Zion I, Guilty Simpson, Jean Grae, Kam Moye (aka Supastition), Ro Spit (aka Octane), Illite and more.[8][9] One Be Lo has appeared on the Warped Tour as well as toured with artists such as KRS-One and Zion I.[4]

Rap style

One Be Lo has crafted himself into what he describes as "the MC's MC". He is often praised for his clear delivery, precise rapping style and conscious lyrics, especially from fans of alternative hip hop. This was noted by Allmusic in their review of S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M., saying:[10]

One Be Lo is a deep thinker; the details and complex wordplay within his rhymes often take several plays to fully comprehend and appreciate. Similar in effect to X-Clan's Brother J, his words can be righteous, but they're always delivered with casual assurance, like he's talking to an acquaintance at a bus stop. He observes with the wisdom of a father who's been through prison, raises a lot of issues, has almost as many solutions, and never sounds overbearing or preachy.


Binary Star


  • Project: F.E.T.U.S. - 2002
    • For Everybody That UnderStands
    • "OneBeLo" (later "OneBeLo aka OneManArmy")
  • S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. - 2005
    • Sounds Of Nahshid Originate Good Rhymes And Music
    • "One.Be.Lo also known as OneManArmy of Binary Star"
  • S.T.I.L.L.B.O.R.N. - 2005
    • Something To Interest Lo Listeners Beyond Original Recorded Networkings; or
    • Subterraneous/Trackezoids Invest Lost Lyrics Bringing Old Rhymes New
    • "One Be Lo & DJ Scene"
  • Project F.E.T.U.S. (2CD Re-Issue) - 2007
    • For Everybody That UnderStands
    • "OneManArmy"
  • The R.E.B.I.R.T.H. - 2007
    • Real Emcees Bring Intelligent Rhymes To Hip-Hop
    • "One Be Lo aka One Man Army"
  • L.A.B.O.R. - 2011
    • Language Arts Based On Reality
  • B.A.B.Y. - 2011
    • Being A Black Youth

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