Mp3: A-1 – “Doing the Most” (Prod. by Mikos Da Gawd & Left Lane)

The Bay Area Rapper Finds Inspiration In Local Legend Mac Dre On Latest Single, Debuted By The Music Ninja


Critical Praise For A-1:

“A-1′s style has a similar kind of funny, free-for-all feel as post-Mac Dre rappers like [Roach] Gigz, but has a sly rap style that is distinctly his own.” – The FADER

“Easily one of the illest emcees I’ve heard over the last few years.” – OkayPlayer

“…something that sounds so vital and absolutely hyphy that it pretty much had to come from the Bay.” –Noisey

The Song:

Nothing can stop A-1, the eccentric San Francisco MC who’s keen to make noise in 2015. Prepping for the March 5th drop of his upcoming album, Thurlian, A-1 is keeping the ball rolling with new releases every Thursday. Following the FACT Mag premiere of his video for “Good People,” this week A-1 released his track “Doing the Most,” which premiered via The Music Ninja, who raved “…everything about the track is delightfully Bay, from the lyrics and production to A-1′s vocal inflections and delivery.”

A-1 spits his bars over steel drums and party-ready claps produced by fellow San Francisco natives Left Lane and Soulection‘s Mikos Da GawdRapping about his rise as San Francisco’s finest MC, A-1 carries on the hyphy legacy with his quirky delivery fused with forward-thinking electronic production. The track, which includes a deep, airy outro, is A-1’s message for people to be proud of who they are. “’Doing the Most’ is a phrase we’ve been using in the Bay for a long time, it means being uncontrollable or relentlessly crazy.” Legendary Bay Area rapper Mac Dre served as an inspiration for the track, as A-1 explains, “He was sort of like a teacher to my generation on how to be yourself and do whatever the hell you want to do in the name of fun. Whenever you hear me in a rap song at my silliest, goofiest moments, that’s something I got from the Mac.”

A-1’s music is constructed around vivid stories of growing up in The City while searching for happiness and self-awareness. His upcoming album, Thurlian, remains true to A-1’s personal experiences regardless of whether a song is catered to be the perfect back drop to a night of raging, or a thought provoking opportunity for reflection. “This project was inspired by my experiences while traveling, seeing different parts of the world and realizing that human suffering is a constant struggle everywhere,” says A-1. “As someone with a voice and a following, I feel I have the power to influence those who are willing to listen, and therefore I think I’m somewhat obligated to use that voice for good.” The album features some of music’s most innovative producers, including Mikos Da GawdWoostaarMr. CarmackSangoKaytanadaXXYYXXRyan HemsworthStwo, and BEAR//FACE. The album, Thurlian, is set to drop March 5. 

Listen to “Doing the Most”:

Check out the Music Ninja premiere:

Watch the Thurlian promo video:

Check out A-1’s newly launched website:

Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with A-1.

A-1 Background:

Born Adam Traore, a first generation US citizen to West African and Italian parents, A-1‘s music is constructed around vivid stories of growing up in The City while searching for happiness and self awareness. After the release of After School Special, a mixtape based on 90s television shows, he gained a fan base through internet buzz while still living on his friend’s couch.  Soon after, he released his follow-up The Book Of Adam which was received so well, he quit his day job the day after the listening party.  With 2012’s The Thurl Tape, A-1 has been acknowledged by publications such as the FADER and Complex.  Equipped with a heart filled with passion, an insatiable desire for creativity, discerning eyes and ears for quality, and a plan to spread his music to as many people as possible, A-1 is poised to be the first name in music lover’s iPods in the very near future. A-1’s Thurlian album will release March 5, 2015.

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“Doing the Most”:

“Good People”:

Thurlian promo video:

“There I Go”:

“Doing the Most / Carry the Ghost”:


“Summertime Sadness”:


“Summertime Sadness” Remix:

“The Ritual”:

Bio, photos, and additional info: