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The Cypher - One Be Lo
Presented By Live N Direct
Wednesday, November 23rd at 9:00pm PST
Online sale ends: 11/23/16 at 9:00pm PST
Back Bar SoFa
418 S Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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One Be Lo's wordplay, metaphors, story telling skills, and socially concious lyrics place him in a league above the rest. His ability to translate life experience into music and passion into performance, allows One Be Lo to command attention both on record and stage. This Fall he sets off on his West Coast Tour to hit venues up and down the California peninsula including Back Bar SoFa in San Jose, CA.

By age 16 this aspiring producer was digging in his step-fathers record collection for samples, and recording with highschool friends, during what many would consider to be the golden years of Hip Hop. 
The summer after highschool graduation, life would take a drastic turn when One Be Lo's extra-curricular activities would land him in prison for 2 years and some change. While inside Lo embraces the teachings of Islam (changes his name to Nahshid Sulaiman), and along with fellow inmate Senim Silla they would study the music business and form a Hip Hop group called Binary Star. Upon release Binary Star went straight to work, announcing to friends how they would produce and release their own music. They recorded a 4 song EP ("New Hip Hop"/1998), and next an album titled "Waterworld" (1999), while still on parole. Once Waterworld hit the internet, online hip hop magazines and message boards would dub it a " classic". Without touring, publicity, marketing, or management, popular demand would soon prompt Distribution company TRC (San Francisco) to sign a distribution deal that would further push Binary Star (Motu 2000) into playlists across the globe. 

In early 2000, he organized a production team (Trackezoids) and started a new movement/record label called Subterraneous. As an activist, One Man Army would speak to youth in schools, organize workshops, sit on a variety of panels, and work as an ally with student and community organizations across the U.S. As an artist he would produce and rap on Subterraneous Records projects (WaterWorld Too, 2001), that would also help to jumpstart the careers of other recruited Michigan artists such as Decompoze, Octane, Illite, and others. Under Lo's guidance, The Subterraneous collective would build a reputation for destroying stages through out the midwest. 

Since his days of little league baseball, Lo has always been a team player, but even then his voice and technique have always stood out amongst the crowd. Subterraneous would release his solo project, "F.E.T.U.S."(2002). Without a manager, a booking agent, or industry connections, he would take his music/ movement to cities all over the US in true road warrior fashion, sharing the stage with the likes of Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, Mos Def, MF Doom, Rakim, Dead Prez, Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, KRS One, and many more. 

With no label to call home and a new sound, Subterraneous partners with Integral music to release One Be Lo's "R.E.B.I.R.T.H." (2007) album. He spends the summer of 2008 in Seattle working on new movement called "B.A.B.Y."(Being a Black Youth). This multi-media project includes not only a documentary, a book, clothing, but toys as well. Being a black youth is not only a Bio of One Be Lo as a youth in Pontiac Michigan, but focuses on the many experiences of youth in school, amongst peers, family, the army, crime and much more all across America. The B.A.B.Y. album features artist from all over the U.S. such as Zion I (Oakland), Devin the Dude (Houston), Royce da 5'9 (Detroit), Freeway (Philadelphia), Jean Grae (New York), Phonte (N. Carolina) and many others. These artists help not only cosign One Be Lo to be a respectable lyricist, they also tell the story.

In November, One Be Lo will be making his way to The Cypher to perform at the Back Bar SoFa in San Jose, CA, along with MC Lyfe and Notiz Yong. We also have a great line up of opening acts to start the night off including including Live N Direct, 3 Headed Dragon, Six of Seven, Verbal Tea, Bigsby Ron, and Freddy Be & M.A.V.

$10 Adv, $12 Door.

Doors open @ 9:00pm, Show starts @ 10:00pm

21+ Event

No Outside Food or Drink, Backpacks/Large Bags.

Items Not Allowed
Outside Food or Drink, Backpacks/Large Bags, No Person Under 21 Admitted

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9:00pm to 1:30am
Doors open at 9:00pm

General Admission: $10.00


Back Bar SoFa<br> 418 S Market Street<br> San Jose, 95113


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