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Jamall Bufford
Birth name Jamall Bufford[1]
Also known as Buff1[2]
Origin Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA[1]
Genres Hip hop
Occupations songwriter, rapper
Labels A-Side Worldwide
Website www.asideworldwide.com

Jamall Bufford,[3] formerly known as Buff1,[4] is an American rapper/songwriter based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His roots lie with the Ann Arbor rap crew known as the Athletic Mic League (AML), with whom he released two studio albums (Sweats and Kicks, and Jungle Gym Jungle — The second of which was put out through Barak Records). He is currently managed by A-Side Worldwide.[4] His debut album Pure was called "incredible" and "classic" by Okayplayer.[2] Pure includes features from notable Michigan Hip-Hop artists, including Guilty Simpson, Elzhi, Invincible, One Be Lo, and Monica Blaire as well as production from the Lab Techs, Mr. Porter, and Waajeed.

Best solo rap artist[edit]

Based on his presence in Michigan's hip-hop scene and the critical response to his album Pure, Real Detroit Weekly named Jamall Bufford the Best Solo Rap Artist of 2007.[3]

There's Only One[edit]

After a tour for his first album, he started working on and soon released his second full-length LP, There's Only One. URB Magazine's review called the production "a lengthy album without weakness." For There's Only One, Bufford enlisted help from producers, including Black Milk, and Zo! as well as AML cohorts 14KT and the Lab Techs. Features on the album include Mayer Hawthorne a.k.a. DJ Haircut, DJ Rhettmatic, and Black Milk, who emcees the song he produced for the album ("Never Fall").


Jamall Bufford [5] has shared the stage with some of the biggest acts in hip-hop (Eminem, Mos Def, De La Soul, Slum Village, Jurassic 5, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Little Brother and Ghostface Killah), and has toured extensively throughout Europe, and the US[4]

URB Magazine[edit]

Bufford is listed on URB Magazine's Next 100 (acts to look out for nationally) for 2009.[6]

DJ Rhettmatic[edit]

In 2010 Bufford began working with DJ Rhettmatic (of The World Famous Beat Junkies) on a collaborative project, Crown Royale, and a nationwide tour with Mayer Hawthorne.[4]


  • Small City, Big Name Mixtape CD 2006
  • Pure CD 2007
  • There's Only One CD 2008
  • It's A 1derful Life Mixtape CD 2009
  • Crown Royale (as Crown Royale with DJ Rhettmatic) CD 2010
  • "Victim of a Modern Age" CD 2013


  1. ^ a b WARREN, TAMARA . (Mar 25, 2007). "ANN ARBOR MC OFFERS HONEST REFLECTION". Detroit Free Press. 
  2. ^ a b Jason Reynolds (August 12, 2008). [1]. Okay Player.
  3. ^ a b (March 4, 2008). [2]. The Real Detroit Weekly.
  4. ^ a b c d (August 17, 2011). [3]. Jamall Bufford Interview.
  5. ^ (June 7, 2011). [4]. Club Zone.
  6. ^ Bufford, Jamall (May 17, 2009). "Buff1: URB Next 100". URB Magazine. 

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