One Be Lo
One Be Lo
Label: Subterraneous Records
Genre: Hip Hop
Online: Artist Website


Deep-thinking Pontiac, MI-based MC Nashid Sulaiman (born Raland Scruggs, he converted to Islam during a prison stay for armed robbery) was first known on-stage as OneManArmy and then, eventually, One Be Lo. As OneManArmy, he was one-half of Binary Star, a duo that released the underheard Waterworld album in 1999. (Confusingly enough, the album was tweaked, retitled Masters of the Universe, and picked up for wider distribution in 2000.) The first One Be Lo solo album, Project F.E.T.U.S., surfaced on Subterraneous in 2003, and a second album -- S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M., released through Fat Beats -- came two years later. Since neither his sound nor his image are all that mainstream-friendly, he relied on tireless touring and word of mouth, something which gave him enough fan support to issue The R.E.B.I.R.T.H. on his own Subterraneous Records in early 2008.