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Posted on: July 6, 2003 09:57 MST
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awol one

Bursting on the scene from Planet Zero, California, Awolrus' style has taken him through the murky waters of hip-hop. In 1988, AWOL took off on his b-boy journeys influenced by KDAY and breakdance music. Soon after, vinyl became no stranger and the art of DJing lived in his knuckles. AWOL found himself DJing in backyards, eventually moved up to night clubs, and then DJed a "Lowrider Magazine" American Tour for Thump Records. Another aspect of AWOL's art is graffiti -- and even with unjust laws striking him in 1991 -- he still gets up to this very day.

A world that was thought to protect sometimes left AWOL in the cold. But taking control of his melodic rap style patterns have drawn him into the ears of audiences worldwide. Scores of West Coast producers have shown interest in the quiet aura of this emcee. Out of the light he has intertwined with DJ/producers Daddy Kev, Fat Jack, J.D.F., DJ Choc (Beat Junkies), Lighter Shade Of Brown, Phyz-Ed, DJ Drez, Hive, OD, DJ Creativity, Jizzm, Mike Nardone (KXLU), Mums The Word, DJ Moves (Len) and Evidence (Dilated Peoples).

AWOL One has been featured on many underground albums and 12-inches over the course of his career. His appearance on "Farmer's Market Of The Beast" (released on the "Beneath The Surface" compilation in 1997) was perhaps the first to expose AWOL to a nationwide audience. Soon thereafter, AWOL dropped two singles on Celestial ("NME" (feat. Kool Keith and 2Mex) / "Sleepin All Day"/"Skye" in 1999 and "I Guess?"/"The Last Song" in 2000), further cementing AWOL's name as one of L.A.'s great underground talents. All the while, various albums from The Shapeshifters brought the voice of the Walrus to even more ear holes.

With DJ ESP on production, AWOL dropped the "Four Eyed Mortalz" album in 2000, a twisted and psychedelic journey in the mind of the Walrus. Then, in early 2001, came the release of AWOL One's collaboration with acclaimed underground hip-hop producer Daddy Kev -- the neo-classic "Souldoubt" album. The album's single, "Rhythm" charted at over 75 radio stations nationwide, and remained in rotation on Power 106's "Friday Night Flavas" show for 8 weeks in a row.

The year 2002 would prove to be a gigantic year for the Wolrus in terms of releases. Heck, AWOL dropped three albums in one year: "Speakerface" (produced by Mike Nardone), "Number 3 On The Phone" (produced by Daddy Kev), and "Propaganda" (produced by Fat Jack). Then, most recently in March of 2003, "Slanguage" was released on Mush Records. "Slanguage" is AWOL's third album produced by Daddy Kev, and perhaps their most daring yet. "Slanguage" is now available in the online store.

Meanwhile, AWOL One and his distinctive vocal stylings have captivated audiences worldwide. Whether performing solo with DJ ESP on the 1200s, or rocking stadiums with The Shapeshifters, an AWOL One show is guaranteed to be a life-altering experience. Along his journey, AWOL has performed alongside the likes of Common, 2 Live Crew, Eminem, De La Soul, Beat Junkies, Funkdoobiest, Jurassic 5, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Hieroglyphics, Aceyalone, The Liks, Dilated Peoples, Living Legends Mix Master Mike, Abstract Rude, Kool Keith, Sen Dogg (Cypress Hill), Afrika Bambaataa, Swollen Members, Visionaries and many more.

AWOL's music has been featured on MTV Road Rules, The Source Sound Lab, and magazines such as URB, Spin, XLR8R, Slap, Thrasher, Vice, Life Sucks Die, Mean Street, Big Time, Revolver, RapPages, L.A. Weekly, O.C Weekly and many more!

AWOL is also affiliated with L.A.'s Mass Men as well as The Shapeshifters and is currently getting major college, commercial mix show and XM Radio play all around the U.S. and Canada.
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