Symbolyc One (S1)

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Symbolyc One (S1)
Birth name Larry D. Griffin Jr.
Born (1976-08-03) August 3, 1976 (age 38)
Waco, Texas, United States
Origin Waco, Texas, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Producer, rapper, musician
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, sampler, percussion, synthesizer
Years active 2004–present
Labels Roc Nation,[1] Very GOOD Beats, Om Records
Associated acts Strange Fruit Project, Illmind, Braille, Kanye West, Juice, Talib Kweli, The Dividends, Sarah Jaffe

Larry D. Griffin Jr. (born August 3, 1976), professionally known as Symbolyc One or simply S1, is an American music producer from Waco, Texas. He works primarily with Strange Fruit Project, The Dividends with singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, and is signed to Kanye West's Very GOOD Beats as a producer.


Griffin was born in August 1976 in Waco, Texas, and grew up there in a Christian household. In Junior High school he began learning alto sax and piano throughout his teen years. As a Christian, S1 began playing piano for Sunday school at his local church which developed his insight on music even more. After forming a hip hop group with his cousin, Myth, back in 1996, S1 started making beats and The Art of Production. In 1999, he received his Associates Degree in Applied Science: Studio/Audio Engineering.

From 2007-2008, S1 competed in National Beat Competitions (iStandard, Red Bull Big Tune & Sha Money’s One Stop Shop) in the U.S.

Music career[edit]

Now, S1 is the main producer of the group Strange Fruit Project. His style and production range includes R&B, Soul, Underground and Urban/Crossover Pop . As a platinum-selling producer, S1 has worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Babyface, Erykah Badu, Stat Quo, Rhymefest, Rah Digga, Ghostface Killah and Little Brother, as well as being a core member in Erykah Badu’s electronic band, The Cannabinoids.

Prominent collaborations include Kanye West's “Power”, off of his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had” off of her album 4.[2][3]


Studio albums
  • 2008: The Music Box
Collaboration albums
  • 2005: The Art of Onemind (with Illmind)
  • 2009: Cloud Nineteen (with Braille)


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